Venus Williams, with five titles (2000, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2008), was the Wimbledon protagonist of all the early 2000s. In 2004, 17-year-old Maria Sharapova stunned the world and established herself as one of the biggest women’s tennis stars of all time in the world.
Petra Kvitova could have achieved more than the two titles won. Instead, Angelique Kerber and Simona Halep won the last two editions, both against Serena Williams. Last season, Ashleigh Barty was the winner.
The late ’90s and early 2000’s saw the great triumphs of Serena and Venus Williams. Serena, who has won the title seven times (2002, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016), is aiming for her 24th birthday.
Major, which equals Margaret Smith Court’s all-time record. Will she make it this year? Navratilova’s record is still unbeaten and could stand for many years to come. Steffi Graf was the icon of women’s tennis in the 1990s, winning seven titles on the London turf (1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996).
Maria Bueno was another great tennis specialist on grass courts. In London she won in 1959, 1960 and 1964. The following years were marked by the great rivalry between Margaret Smith and Billie Jean King.
Wimbledon: Serena Williams and the other players who made history
Between the two was the American who won more titles in London (1966, 1967, 1968, 1972, 1973, 1975). During this rivalry, young Chris Evert also claimed three titles.
However, the late 1970s and 1980s were dominated by Martina Navratilova, who holds the record at Wimbledon with nine titles won in three different decades (1978, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1990).
From the first edition in 1884 to 1914 there was a British domain with many stars beginning to make history in women’s singles at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. These include Lottie Dod (1887, 1888, 1891, 1892, 1893), Blanche Bingley (1886, 1889, 1894, 1897, 1899, 1900), Charlotte Cooper (1895, 1896, 1898, 1901, 1901, 1908), and Dorothea Douglass (1904, 1906, 1910, 1911, 1913, 1914).
After World War I, the era of La Divine Suzanne Lenglen began, dominating both Wimbledon and Roland Garros. In London, the French won five consecutive titles (from 1919 to 1923) and her sixth title in 1925.
She was the first true world star of women’s tennis, which influenced both the way she played and the fashion of women in the sport. Lenglen was followed by the American players who made history at the All England Club between 1927 and 1958.
Helen Wills Moody was one of the greatest American tennis players of all time. She won the championships in 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1932, 1933, 1935 and 1938. Louise Brough (1948, 1949, 1950 and 1955), Maureen Connolly (1952, 1953, 1954) and Althea Gibson (1957 and 1958) were the heirs of Wills Moody.