Since 1884 Wimbledon has been crowning many champions. The championships weren’t held during WWI or WWII and of course there was no Wimbledon in 2020 due to the Coronavirus Pandemic so here’s a look at former champions but who is the greatest?
Over the years there have been many incredible women who have won Wimbledon. Maud Watson, Suzanne Lenglen and Althea Gibson are just a few who won before the Open Era.
Since 1968 we have seen Billie Jean King, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Steffi Graff, Venus & Serena, Maria Sharapova and many more great players and people win this prestigious event.
Martina Navratilova – 9 time champion – 78,79,82,83,84,85,86,87,90
Not just a Wimbledon great but a tennis great. What Martina has achieved is simply out of this world, she continues to be a pioneer in the sport to this day fighting for what is right.
Martina won her first title in 1978 defeat Chris Evert. These two had an incredible rivalry on the court and it is good to see them reminisce about this now. Five of Martina’s nine Wimbledon titles were won against Chris. Not only has she won nine titles but appeared in twelve singles finals!
Martina is also a seven times double champion and four times mixed doubles champion just to add to her unrivalled success in London.
Steffi Graf – 7 time champion – 88,89,91,92,93,95,96
Steffi first made a Wimbledon final in 1987 losing to Martina but in 1988 things changed.
Steffi defeated Martina in 1988 and 1989 and went onto win her other five titles against incredible women including:
Garbiela Sabatini, Monica Seles, Jana Novotna and Arancha Sanchez Vicario.
It was a fantastic period of dominance from Steffi who didn’t just dominate at Wimbledon but dominated the tour as well becoming one of the champions in Wimbledon history.
Venus Williams – 5 time champion – 00,01,05,07,08
Venus for me is one of the most underrated champions of all time at Wimbledon.
The turn of the century saw Venus dominate in London for half the decade, it was a time in tennis where we saw Lindsay Davenport, Justine Henin and Steffi still play at the highest level amongst other but the time of Serena and Venus.
In 2000 Venus won her first major at Wimbledon around her 20th birthday with a big 7-5 6-3 win against Lindsay Davenport.
Venus for me epitomises hard work, determination and is one of the nicest people and gracious champion out on the court.
Serena Williams – 7 time champion – 02,03,09,10,12,15,16
Serena is one of the sports greatest. For me she is the greatest of all time, her longevity in tennis is simply unmatched.
Serena’s first three Wimbledon titles came against sister Venus but the two have teamed together on six occasions to win the doubles at Wimbledon together with Serena also winning with Max Mirnyi in the mixed doubles in 1998, her first year on the tour!
Serena of course left the tour in 2017 after the Australian Open to give birth to her daughter Olympia and on her return to Wimbledon has been runner-up on both occasions which is an insane achievement in itself.
It’s a tough one… I could have easily thrown more names into the mix like Billie Jean King but there is one I have to go for and that is Martina Navratilova.
What she’s achieved is incredible and what she stands for is truly remarkable. She is a pioneer for sport, woman and children growing up! She’s battled through a lot and always does her talking on the tennis court.
All these woman have been a big voice in changing perception of women’s sport and for me no one in Wimbledon’s history has done more than Martina:
~ Nine Singles Titles
~ Seven Doubles Title
~ Four Mixed Doubles Titles
~ 292 Career Wins between 1973-2006 – 120 Singles, 107 Doubles, 65 Mixed