The French Open, also known as Roland Garros, is one of the most prestigious tennis tournaments in the world, and every year, the best tennis players from around the globe gather in Paris to compete for the coveted title. While many players have made their mark on the tournament over the years, there are a select few who have achieved greatness by winning multiple French Open singles titles. The French Open 2023 will start from May 22. So, in this article, we will take a closer look at the women who have won the most French Open singles titles in history.
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1. Chris Evert | 7 titles
Chris Evert, known as the “Ice Maiden”, is widely considered one of the greatest tennis players of all time. Evert won her first French Open title in 1974 and went on to win six more titles over the next 12 years. Her seven titles at Roland Garros is still the all-time record for most French Open singles titles won by a woman. Evert was known for her incredible consistency on clay courts. Her mental toughness made her a force to be reckoned with on any surface. Her ability to read her opponent’s game and adjust her strategy accordingly was second to none.
2. Steffi Graf | 6 titles
Steffi Graf is another legendary tennis player who dominated the sport in the late 1980s and early 1990s. She won six French Open singles titles between 1987 and 1999. Graf was known for her powerful forehand and her excellent footwork on clay courts, which made her a tough opponent to beat. Her six titles at Roland Garros is the second most in history for a woman. Her ability to move around the court with ease and hit winners from seemingly impossible angles made her one of the most exciting players to watch.
3. Suzanne Lenglen | 6 Titles
Suzanne Lenglen is the second player ever to win the French Open on six occasions. All six of her triumphs came during the Amateur Era. The Fench tennis player won the tournament in 1920, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1925, and 1926. Suzanne had a ballet background which also showed in her graceful performances on the tennis court. She was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1978. Unfortunately, Lenglen died at the age of 39.
4. Margaret Court | 5 titles
Margaret Court is an Australian tennis player who won five French Open singles titles between 1962 and 1973. Court was known for her powerful serve and her aggressive playing style, which made her a formidable opponent on any surface. In addition to her five French Open titles, Court also won 24 Grand Slam singles titles throughout her career, which is a record that still stands today. Her success on the court cemented her place as one of the greatest players of all time and her legacy continues to inspire tennis players around the world.
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5. Adine Masson | 5 titles
Adine Masson also has five French Open titles under her belt. In fact, all five of her wins came inside a period of seven years. She won the competition in 1897, 1898, 1899, 1902 and 1903. She won the first three French championships when it was also only limited to French players. The French tennis athlete also won the first-ever doubles championship in 1907. Moreover, she partnered up with Yvonne de Pfeffel to lift the title. Masson reached the final of the Women’s Singles category in 1904 as well but Kate Gillou was too good for her.