Wimbledon’s five youngest women’s singles champions
In the year 1884, the Wimbledon lawns were opened to women, and British woman Maud Watson became the first Wimbledon Women’s Singles Champion. The All-England Lawn Tennis Association approved wage parity between women and men professional tennis players in 2007. Women from ten different countries have won the championship since 1884, with the United States of America leading the pack with 57 wins. We look at the five most recent Wimbledon Women’s Singles Champions.
#1 Lottie Dod Portrait Dod
Lottie Dod, a British woman, was a multi-talented athlete who excelled not just in tennis but also in a variety of other sports. She won the Wimbledon Singles championship five times, the first in 1887 when she was 15 years and 285 days old. She was also a part of the British Field Hockey team in 1899 and the British Amateur Golf Champion in 1904. She also won a silver medal in archery at the 1908 Olympic Games. She has been dubbed “the most versatile female athlete of all time” by the Guinness Book of Records.
#2 Martina Hingis
Martina Hingis, a Swiss tennis icon, was a prodigy who set numerous tennis records in the late 1990s. She won the Doubles championship at Wimbledon 1996, making her the youngest Wimbledon Champion in all formats of the game. She is one of the few women to have won the World Singles and Doubles titles. She became the WTA’s youngest player to be ranked number one in the world. At the age of 16, she accomplished this on March 31, 1997. At the age of 16 years 278 days, she won her first Wimbledon Singles title in 1997.
#3 Maria Sharapova Wimbledon
Sharapova lifts the Wimbledon Championships 2004 trophy on Day 12 of the 2004 Wimbledon Championships.
In 2004, Russian starlet Maria Sharapova rose to notoriety after defeating defending champion Serena Williams to win Wimbledon. She is the first and only Russian woman to win a singles title at Wimbledon. Maria is one of just ten women to complete the Career Slam. At the age of 17 years and 75 days, she won her first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon in 2004.
#4 Steffi Graf Wimbledon
Championship of Lawn Tennis
The Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championship trophy is lifted by Steffi Graf.
Steffi Graf, the only woman to win ‘The Golden Slam,’ was a fan favourite during the 1980s and 1990s, winning a total of 22 Grand Slam Singles titles. The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) ranked her World No. 1 in Singles for a record 377 weeks. Steffi won her first Wimbledon title in 1988, defeating Martina Navratilova, another tennis great. When she won the title, she was 19 years and 19 days old.
#5 Mary Sutton
The Wightman Cup is held by Mary Sutton.
Mary Sutton became the first woman from the United States of America to win the Wimbledon Singles Championship. At the age of 19 years, 285 days, she accomplished it in 1905, defeating Dorothea Lambert Chambers in the final. In 1907, she defeated the same opponent to win the Wimbledon Singles championship for the second time.