20 Athletes With the Most Women's Tennis Titles

20 Athletes With the Most Women’s Tennis Titles

Of all the female tennis athletes that have ever stepped foot on the court, it’s the ones that have the most women’s tennis titles that receive the most attention. They’re the ones that attract the biggest crowds and the ones that will go down in history as some of the best to ever play. 

Grand Slam titles are what every tennis player dreams of winning when they turn pro. It’s their opportunity to play against the best in the world with the entire world watching. It’s a true testament to all the hard work, effort, and dedication these players put in throughout the year. 

In women’s tennis, Grand Slams date back to 1884 when Wimbledon opened their doors to women’s singles titles. The US Open followed in their footsteps in 1887, then the French Open in 1897 (officially in 1925), and the Australian Open in 1922. That’s a lot of history to go through.

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Who Has the Most Women’s Tennis Titles?

20 Athletes With the Most Women's Tennis Titles
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Throughout history, very few women have separated themselves from the pack as some of the greatest to ever do it. Every decade, there seems to be a handful of women that dominate the sport. Most of those players are the ones that end up with the most women’s tennis titles. 

For the sake of this article, we’re going to be looking for athletes with the most women’s tennis titles in Grand Slam singles only — the US Open, the French Open, the Australian Open, and Wimbledon. Each one is an annual tournament, meaning they hold the event every year. 

Although the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) wasn’t established until 1973, our list of the most women’s tennis titles will date all the way back to 1887 — the early days of Wimbledon. If we didn’t, we would be leaving out a lot of the greatest women’s tennis athletes to ever play. 

Honorable Mentions: Nancye Wynne Bolton (6), Daphne Akhurst (5), Pauline Betz (5), Charlotte Cooper (5), Lottie Dod (5), Althea Gibson (5), Martina Hingis (5), Helen Jacobs (5), Alice Marble (5), Maria Sharapova (5)

20. Margaret Osborne duPont

Total Grand Slams: 6 Grand Slams

Australian Open Titles: N/A

French Open Titles: 2 (1946, 1949)

US Open Titles: 3 (1948, 1949, 1950)

Wimbledon Titles: 1 (1947)

Years: N/A

Career W-L Record: N/A

Margaret Osborne duPont won six Grand Slams in her career, but her real legacy lies in her doubles play. She won a total of 31 major titles in women’s and mixed doubles, giving her a career total of 37 major titles — which ranks 5th all-time behind the legendary Serena Williams. 

19. Doris Hart

Total Grand Slams: 6 Grand Slams

Australian Open Titles: 1 (1949)

French Open Titles: 2 (1950, 1952)

US Open Titles: 2 (1954, 1955)

Wimbledon Titles: 1 (1951)

Years: 1940-1955

Career W-L Record: N/A

Doris Hart had 325 career titles at the time of her retirement, including 35 major titles in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles. Her six Grand Slams rank 19th all-time and her 18 Grand Slam finals appearances ranks 7th. She was the first woman to appear in all four Grand Slam finals. 

18. Louise Brough

Total Grand Slams: 6 Grand Slams

Australian Open Titles: 1 (1950)

French Open Titles: N/A

US Open Titles: 1 (1947)

Wimbledon Titles: 4 (1948, 1949, 1950, 1955)

Years: 1942-1959

Career W-L Record: N/A

Louise Brough is another player who had far more success in doubles than singles. She won 29 doubles major titles, giving her 35 career major titles — which is tied for 6th all-time with Doris Hart. She also ranks in the top-10 of career wins in both the Wimbledon (56) and US Open (60). 

17. Blanche Bingley Hillyard

Total Grand Slams: 6 Grand Slams

Australian Open Titles: N/A

French Open Titles: N/A

US Open Titles: N/A

Wimbledon Titles: 6 (1986, 1989, 1994, 1897, 1899, 1900)

Years: 1884-1913

Career W-L Record: N/A

Blanche Bingley Hillyard won all six of her Grand Slams at Wimbledon, which is tied for 6th all-time with Suzanna Lenglen and Billie Jean King. Her 13 Wimbledon finals appearances is the most all-time. She won her first Grand Slam at 22 years old and her last one at 37 years old. 

16. Venus Williams

Total Grand Slams: 7 Grand Slams

Australian Open Titles: N/A

French Open Titles: N/A

US Open Titles: 2 (2000, 2001)

Wimbledon Titles: 5 (2000, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2008)

Years: 1994-present

Career W-L Record: 815-264

Venus Williams had her most success at Wimbledon, winning five of her seven Grand Slams on that court. Even more impressive, her 90 Grand Slam appearances between the US Open, French Open, Australian Open, and Wimbledon — the most appearances in the Open Era. 

15. Dorothea Lambert Chambers

Total Grand Slams: 7 Grand Slams

Australian Open Titles: N/A

French Open Titles: N/A

US Open Titles: N/A

Wimbledon Titles: 7 (1903, 1904, 1906, 1910, 1911, 1913, 1914)

Years: 1900-1925

Career W-L Record: N/A

Dorothea Lambert Chambers is the fourth-oldest player to win a women’s Grand Slam, she was 35 years and 10 months when she won the 1914 Wimbledon title. Her seven Wimbledon singles titles is tied for the third most all-time with two legends, Steffi Graf and Serena Williams. 

14. Justine Henin

Total Grand Slams: 7 Grand Slams

Australian Open Titles: 1 (2004)

French Open Titles: 4 (2003, 2005, 2006, 2007)

US Open Titles: 2 (2003, 2007)

Wimbledon Titles: N/A

Years: 1999-2011

Career W-L Record: 525-115

Justine Henin knew how to turn it on when it mattered most. She had an 83.43% match winning percentage in Grand Slams and is one of only 12 players to ever make it to four Grand Slam finals in the same calendar year. She was one of the best in the world from 2003-2007. 

13. Evonne Goolagong

Total Grand Slams: 7 Grand Slams

Australian Open Titles: 4 (1974, 1975, 1976, 1977)

French Open Titles: 1 (1971)

US Open Titles: N/A

Wimbledon Titles: 2 (1971, 1980)

Years: 1967-1983

Career W-L Record: 704-165

Evonne Goolagong was featured in 18 Grand Slam finals (tied for 7th all time with Billie Jean King), winning seven of them between 1971-1980. Her four Australian Open titles are tied for the fifth-most all-time with Steffi Graf and Monica Seles. She has the eighth-most singles titles (86). 

12. Maria Bueno

Total Grand Slams: 7 Grand Slams

Australian Open Titles: N/A

French Open Titles: N/A

US Open Titles: 4 (1959, 1963, 1964, 1966)

Wimbledon Titles: 3 (1959, 1960, 1964)

Years: 1958-1977

Career W-L Record: N/A

Maria Bueno was the sixth player to ever reach at least one final in all four Grand Slams. Her 84.75% winning percentage (50-19) at Wimbledon is the tenth-best all-time at the event. She also has 72 career singles titles, which ranks 9th-best all-time behind Serena Williams (73). 

11. Molla Mallory

Total Grand Slams: 8 Grand Slams

Australian Open Titles: N/A

French Open Titles: N/A

US Open Titles: 8 (1915, 1916, 1917, 1918, 1920, 1921, 1922, 1926)

Wimbledon Titles: N/A

Years: 1912-1928

Career W-L Record: N/A

Molla Mallory didn’t win her first Grand Slam until she was 31 years old, but she dominated from that point forward. She won the US Open four years in a row and holds the record for most US Open wins at eight. She’s also the oldest female to ever win a Grand Slam at 42.5 years old. 

10. Suzanne Lenglen

Total Grand Slams: 8 Grand Slams

Australian Open Titles: N/A

French Open Titles: 2 (1925, 1926)

US Open Titles: N/A

Wimbledon Titles: 6 (1919, 1920, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1925)

Years: 1912-1927

Career W-L Record: 341-7

Suzanne Lenglen won all eight of her Grand Slam finals, becoming just one of four females to go undefeated in Grand Slam finals appearances. Her 94.59% winning percentage at Wimbledon (35-2) is the second-best all-time and her 81 career singles titles ranks 7th-best all-. 

9. Monica Seles

Total Grand Slams: 9 Grand Slams

Australian Open Titles: 4 (1991, 1992, 1993, 1996)

French Open Titles: 3 (1990, 1991, 1992)

US Open Titles: 2 (1991, 1992)

Wimbledon Titles: N/A

Years: 1989-2008

Career W-L Record: 595-112

Monica Seles had an 85.38% match winning percentage (181-31) in Grand Slams, which ranks 8th-best all-time. She’s the third-youngest player to ever win a Grand Slam, winning the 1990 French Open at just 16.5 years old. In 1992, she reached all four finals in the same year.

8. Maureen Connolly

Total Grand Slams: 9 Grand Slams

Australian Open Titles: 1 (1953)

French Open Titles: 2 (1953, 1954)

US Open Titles: 3 (1951, 1952, 1953)

Wimbledon Titles: 3 (1952, 1953, 1954)

Years: 1951-1955

Career W-L Record: N/A

Maureen Connolly won 52 of her 54 matches in Grand Slams, a 96.30% winning percentage that ranks second all-time. Her 9-0 record in Grand Slam finals is the best record of all-time and is one of only three players to win all four Grand Slam tournaments in the same calendar year.

7. Billie Jean King

Total Grand Slams: 12 Grand Slams

Australian Open Titles: 1 (1968)

French Open Titles: 1 (1972)

US Open Titles: 4 (1967, 1971, 1972, 1974)

Wimbledon Titles: 6 (1966, 1967, 1968, 1972, 1973, 1975)

Years: 1959-1990

Career W-L Record: 695-155

Billie Jean King is the founder of the Women’s Tennis Association, which completely revolutionized the sport for females at the time. She’s one of only six females to ever win double-digit Grand Slams and has the fourth-most match wins at Wimbledon (95). 

6. Martina Navratilova

Total Grand Slams: 18 Grand Slams

Australian Open Titles: 3 (1981, 1983, 1985)

French Open Titles: 2 (1982, 1984)

US Open Titles: 4 (1983, 1984, 1986, 1987)

Wimbledon Titles: 9 (1978, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1990)

Years: 1975-2006

Career W-L Record: 1,442-219

Not only did Martina Navratilova win 18 Grand Slams in her career, but her 32 Grand Slam finals appearances ranks third all-time. She’s one of three players to reach all four Grand Slam finals in the same calendar year more than once. Her 120 match wins at Wimbledon is a record. 

5. Chris Evert

Total Grand Slams: 18 Grand Slams

Australian Open Titles: 2 (1982, 1984)

French Open Titles: 7 (1974, 1975, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1985, 1986)

US Open Titles: 6 (1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1982)

Wimbledon Titles: 3 (1974, 1976, 1981)

Years: 1972-1989

Career W-L Record: 1309-146

Chris Evert won the US Open four years in a row from 1975-1978, in which she also won the French Open and Wimbledon. She ranks in the top-six for finals appearances in each of the four Grand Slam tournaments and has the most French Open wins of all-time with seven titles. 

4. Helen Wills

Total Grand Slams: 19 Grand Slams

Australian Open Titles: N/A

French Open Titles: 4 (1928, 1929, 1930, 1932)

US Open Titles: 7 (1923, 1924, 1925, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1931)

Wimbledon Titles: 8 (1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1932, 1933, 1935, 1938)

Years: 1919-1938

Career W-L Record: 398-35

Helen Wills owns the best Grand Slam match winning percentage of all-time at 96.90% (125-4). She was as dominant as they come, finishing 19-3 in Grand Slam finals. She ranks second in most Wimbledon titles (8) and US Open titles (7), and fourth all-time with 4 French Open titles. 

3. Steffi Graf

Total Grand Slams: 22 Grand Slams

Australian Open Titles: 4 (1988, 1989, 1990, 1994)

French Open Titles: 6 (1987, 1988, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1999)

US Open Titles: 5 (1988, 1989, 1993, 1995, 1996)

Wimbledon Titles: 7 (1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995,  1996)

Years: 1982-1999

Career W-L Record: 900-115

Steffi Graf is just one of three women’s tennis players to win more than 20 Grand Slam titles. She ranks in the top-five for most women’s tennis titles in each of the four Grand Slam tournaments and is one of three women to win all four Grand Slam titles in the same year. 

2. Serena Williams

Total Grand Slams: 23 Grand Slams

Australian Open Titles: 7 (2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2015, 2017)

French Open Titles: 3 (2002, 2013, 2015)

US Open Titles: 6 (1999, 2002, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014)

Wimbledon Titles: 7 (2002, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016)

Years: 1995-present

Career W-L Record: 855-152

Serena Williams will go down as one of the greatest women’s tennis players of all-time. Her 23 Grand Slam titles ranks second all-time and her 33 Grand Slam finals appearances also ranks second all-time. She holds the record for most career Grand Slam match wins at 365 wins. 

1. Margaret Court

Total Grand Slams: 24 Grand Slams

Australian Open Titles: 11 (1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973)

French Open Titles: 5 (1962, 1964, 1969, 1970, 1973)

US Open Titles: 5 (1962, 1965, 1969, 1970, 1973)

Wimbledon Titles: 3 (1963, 1965, 1970)

Years: 1960-1977

Career W-L Record: N/A

Margaret Court is widely regarded as the GOAT of women’s tennis. She is one of three players to ever win all four Grand Slam tournaments in the same calendar year, her 11 Australian Open titles is the most all-time, and she won eight-straight Australian Open titles from 1960-1967. 

Which Active Players Have the Most Women’s Tennis Titles?

Women’s tennis is going through a bit of a transition right now — a handing over of the torch, in a way. It’s been over four years since Serena Williams won a Grand Slam tournament. Over that time, there have been a few female tennis players starting to make a name for themselves. 

Naomi Osaki has won four Grand Slam tournaments since 2019, Angelique Kerber has won three Grand Slams since 2016, and Ashleigh Barty and Simona Halep have won two Grand Slams each since 2018. With Serena Williams sitting at 23 Grand Slams, you can see the gap. 

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