Today we bring you the WTA Singles’ Oldest Australian Open Champions. Much like their male counterparts, the WTA players fight hard for the Australian Open title. The Australian Open women’s trophy is named after the legendary Australian tennis player Daphne Akhurst, who won the championship 5 times in the 1920s. In this article we take a look at 5 Oldest Australian Open Champions in Women’s Singles since the start of the Open Era in 1969.
The Danish tennis star has reached the career high ranking of World Number 1 in singles career. However, Caroline who reached a singles Grand Slam final three times in her career has had success only once. That sole success would come on the hard courts of Melbourne in 2018. Seeded second in the tournament, Caroline beat Romania’s Simona Halep who was the top seed in 3 sets to clinch her 1st and only Grand Slam victory till date.
Caroline was aged 27 years and 200 days then. This made her one of the oldest female players to win the Australian Open singles trophy in the Open Era. The Danish player has announced her career retirement from tennis and Australian Open 2020 would be her last professional event. We congratulate her for a remarkable career and wish her the best of post tennis life. Thus, among the Oldest Australian Open Champions.
One of the best tennis players Germany produced in the last 20 years. Kerber has won 3 Grand Slam titles in her career. She has won 1 slam on each of the venues except the clay of Roland Garros. Angie’s 1st Grand Slam success came in the 2016 Australian Open. She beat top seed and then 6 time champion Serena Williams in the dramatic final.
Kerber is seeded 17 in this year’s draw. The former World Number 1 may be struggling a bit with the form but she definitely has the class and experience to go deep in the tournament and hopefully repeat the 2016 success. Thus, among the Oldest Australian Open Champions.
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3. Kerry Reid
The Australian Open used to be held on outdoor grass in 1977. Local favorite and second seeded Kerry Reid defeated the top seed and fellow Australian Dianne Fromholtz in straight sets to lift the trophy. This was Reid’s first and only singles success at Grand Slam level. Earlier in 1972 the former World Number 7 had reached the final of US Open but finished runner up.
Kerry was aged 29 years and 154 days when she won the Australian Open in 1977. This makes her the 3rd oldest female player to lift the Daphne Akhurst trophy in the Open Era of Women’s tennis. Thus, among the Oldest Australian Open Champions.
2. Li Na
The former World Number 2 is the first ever Asian women to win a singles Grand Slam tournament. She achieved this feat by the 2011 Roland Garros championship. Li Na had her 2nd Grand Slam success in the Australian Open championship of 2014.
The Chinese star who was seeded 4th in the tournament met Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova in the final. The 1st set was tight and went to the tie breaker which the Chinese won. In the 2nd set it was a one sided affair with Na handing Cibulkova a bagel. Li Na was aged 31 years and 332 days when she won the title. This makes her the 2nd oldest female champion of Australian Open in the Open Era. Thus, among our list of Oldest Australian Open Champions.
Serena Williams already has 7 Australian Open singles championships under her belt. In 2020 she is looking for the 8th Australian Open and 24th singles Grand Slam. Serena’s last major success came in the Australian Open 2017 when she beat her sister Venus in the final.
After the Australian Open success of 2017 Serena broke her own record of becoming the oldest Australian Open champion in the Open Era at the age of 35 years and 125 days. She earlier held the record of winning the Australian Open 2015 which she won when at above 33 years of age. In 2020 if she wins the title again Serena can improve her own records of oldest female Australian Open champion as well as the oldest women to win the singles Grand Slam title. Thus leads our list of the Oldest Australian Open Champions.
These were the players who made our list of the Oldest Australian Open Champions in WTA singles. Hope you liked the content, don’t forget to put in your thoughts and questions as comments.
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