The Great tournament of Wimbledon started in 1877. In 1984 the Grass Courts of SW19 were opened for Female players. Since then many players have made history at the lawns of Wimbledon. We look back at 4 youngest female Wimbledon Champions of the Open Era.
4. Chris Evert
Evert is known as the Greatest Female Clay Courter of all time. However, her performances on the grass of Wimbledon have also been noteworthy. The great American won 3 Wimbledon titles during her career.
Evert’s 1st Wimbledon success came in 1974 when she was aged 19 years and 203 days. She would go on to lift the trophy twice more in her career. Her total singles Grand Slam count was a mighty 18 before she called it a day.
3. Steffi Graf
Graf is one of the greatest players to have ever graced a tennis court. She won 22 slams in her glittering career. Steffi is the only player male or female to win every slam at least 4 times in her career.
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Steffi won Wimbledon championships 7 times in her career. The 1st of those came in 1988 when she beat the great Martina Navratilova. Graf was aged just 19 years and 19 days at that time, making her one of the youngest Wimbledon Champions.
2. Maria Sharapova
This Russian starlet is a perfect definition of a tennis prodigy. Sharapova has won 5 Grand Slams in her career. She is one of the few tennis players to have completed the career slam by winning each major at least once.
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Sharapova’s 1st slam came on the centre court of Wimbledon in 2004, She beat the hot favorite Serena Williams in a thrilling final. Maria was aged just 17 years and 75 days at that time. The Russian superstar has not been able to conquer Wimbledon since then at the 2004 success remains her sole one at the lawns of SW19.
1. Martina Hingis
This Swiss player promised great things early in her career. Hingis won Wimbledon in 1997 when she was just 16 years and 278 days old. This makes her the youngest Champion at SW19 in the Open Era.
Hingis had also won the Australian Open in 1997 when she was 16 years and 178 days old. This glamorous Swiss Champion thus holds the record of being the youngest player male or female to lift a Grand Slam trophy.