The lawns of Wimbledon were opened in 1884 for the Women’s competition. Since then many legendary women have written and re-written history on the grass of SW-19. We take back to look at 4 oldest female champions at Wimbledon in the Open Era.
4. BILLIE JEAN KING
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This American superstar of the 1960’s and 1970’s won a staggering 39 total Grand Slam titles in her career. Among her total trophies 12 came in Singles, 16 in Doubles and 11 in Mixed Doubles. Billie Jean won 6 Wimbledon titles in her career.
The last of them came in 1975 when Billie was 31 years and 223 days old. This made her one of the few greats to win Grand Slams in the later part of her career and display her longevity in tennis.
3. VIRGINA WADE
She was the last British woman to have won Wimbledon and the search for a next Brit female Champion at SW-19 still continues at SW-19. Wade won 3 singles Grand Slams in her career along with 4 doubles.
The Brit star won Wimbledon in 1970 in doubles. Her singles win at SW-19 came in 1975. She was the 31 years and 363 days old, becoming one of the oldest champions on the grass courts of SW-19.
2. MARTINA NAVRATILOVA
Navratilova is the regarded greatest female Wimbledon of all time. She has won 9 titles at the Centre Court of SW-19 in singles. The Czech born player also won 7 Wimbledon doubles trophies.
The last of Martina’s singles titles at Wimbledon came in 1990 when she was 34 years and 268 days old. Martina set an example of fitness and longevity in her career as she played professional tennis till the age of 50 and had a 31 year long career.
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1. SERENA WILLIAMS
By the time her career ends, Serena could write her name as the holder of most Grand Slams. The younger Williams sister has won 23 Slams in her 2 decade long career and is trying hard to equate Margaret Court’s record of 24 Majors.
Serena has won 7 Wimbledon titles in her career so fat. The last of them came in 2016 when she was 34 years and 289 days old. Serena would be going for her 8th title win at SW-19 this July. This would add more records to her already impressive resume