French Open women's singles champions

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  1. Serena Williams

    Serena Williams


    Serena Jameka Williams (born September 26, 1981) is an American professional tennis player who is ranked No. 1 in women's singles tennis. The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) has ranked her world No. 1 in singles on six separate occasions. She became the world No. 1 for the first time on July 8, 2002, and achieved this ranking for the sixth time on February 18, 2013. Williams has spent 256 weeks overall as the WTA ranked #1 as of August 30, 2015, placing her 4th on the List of WTA number 1 ranked players. On July 13, 2015 she marked the first time in WTA history that the No. 1 player had more than twice as many points as No. 2. She is the reigning champion of the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, U.S. Open, WTA Tour Championships and Olympic women's singles and doubles.

  2. Maria Sharapova

    Maria Sharapova


    Maria Yuryevna Sharapova (Russian: Мари́я Ю́рьевна Шара́пова; born 19 April 1987) is a Russian professional tennis player, who is ranked world No. 3 by the Women's Tennis Association (WTA). A United States resident since 1994, Sharapova has competed on the WTA tour since 2001. She has been ranked world No. 1 in singles by the WTA on five separate occasions, for a total of 21 weeks. She is one of ten women, and the only Russian, to hold the career Grand Slam and is an Olympic medalist, having earned silver for Russia in women's singles at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

  3. Ana Ivanovic

    Ana Ivanovic


    Ana Ivanovic (Serbian: Ana Ivanović, Ана Ивановић; born 6 November 1987) is a Serbian professional tennis player who as of August 10, 2015 is ranked No. 6 in the world by the Women's Tennis Association. Ranked No. 1 in the world in 2008, she beat Dinara Safina to win the 2008 French Open and was the runner-up at the 2007 French Open and the 2008 Australian Open. She has also qualified for the annual WTA Tour Championships three times, in 2007, 2008 and 2014 and has won the year-end WTA Tournament of Champions twice, in 2010 and 2011.

  4. Steffi Graf

    Steffi Graf


    Stefanie Maria "Steffi" Graf (born 14 June 1969) is a German former world No. 1 tennis player.

  5. Chris Evert

    Chris Evert


    Christine Marie "Chris" or "Chrissie" Evert (born December 21, 1954), known as Chris Evert-Lloyd from 1979 to 1987, is a former World No. 1 professional tennis player from the United States. She won 18 Grand Slam singles championships and three doubles titles. She was the year-ending World No. 1 singles player in 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, and 1981. Overall Evert won 157 singles championships and 29 doubles titles.

  6. Mary Pierce

    Mary Pierce


    Mary Pierce (born 15 January 1975) is a French-American retired tennis professional who played on the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) tour. Although born in Canada, she is a citizen of France, Canada, and the United States and played for France in team competitions and the Olympics.

  7. Jennifer Capriati

    Jennifer Capriati


    Jennifer Maria Capriati (born March 29, 1976) is an American former professional tennis player. A member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, she won three singles championships in Grand Slam tournaments, a gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics, reached the World No. 1 ranking, and is considered one of the greatest tennis players of all time.

  8. Monica Seles

    Monica Seles


    Monica Seles (Hungarian: Szeles Mónika, Serbian: Моника Селеш, Monika Seleš, born December 2, 1973) is a former Yugoslav world no. 1 professional tennis player and a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame. An ethnic Hungarian, she was born and raised in Novi Sad, SFR Yugoslavia. She became a naturalized United States citizen in 1994 and also received Hungarian citizenship in June 2007. She won nine Grand Slam singles titles, eight of them while a citizen of Yugoslavia and one while a citizen of the United States.

  9. Justine Henin

    Justine Henin


    Justine Henin (born 1 June 1982), known between 2002 and 2007 as Justine Henin-Hardenne, is a Belgian former professional tennis player known for her all-court style of play and notably being one of the only female players to use a single-handed backhand. She spent a total of 117 weeks as the world No. 1 and was the year-end No. 1 in 2003, 2007 and 2008.

  10. Sue Barker

    Sue Barker


    Susan "Sue" Barker, MBE (born 19 April 1956 in Paignton, Devon) is an English television presenter and former professional tennis player. During her tennis career, she won eleven WTA Tour singles titles, including one Grand Slam singles title at the 1976 French Open. She reached a career-high singles ranking of World No. 3. She is now one of the main sports presenters at the BBC.

  11. Svetlana Kuznetsova

    Svetlana Kuznetsova


    Svetlana Aleksandrovna Kuznetsova (Russian: Светла́на Алекса́ндровна Кузнецо́ва; born 27 June 1985) is a Russian professional tennis player and currently No. 18 in the WTA singles and No. 170 in the doubles ranking. Kuznetsova has appeared in four Grand Slam singles finals, winning two, and has also appeared in seven doubles finals, winning twice. As a doubles player, Kuznetsova has reached the finals of each grand slam at least once, winning the Australian twice. She has qualified five times for the round-robin stage of the WTA Tour Championships but has never qualified for the semifinals.

  12. Martina Navratilova

    Martina Navratilova


    Martina Navratilova (Czech: Martina Navrátilová born Martina Šubertová October 18, 1956) is a retired Czech and American tennis player and coach. In 2005, Tennis magazine selected her as the greatest female tennis player for the years 1965 through 2005.

  13. Anastasia Myskina

    Anastasia Myskina


    Anastasiya Andreyevna Myskina (Russian: Анастасия Мыскина; born 8 July 1981) is a Russian former professional tennis player. She won the 2004 French Open singles title, becoming the first Russian female tennis player to win a Grand Slam main draw singles title. Subsequent to this victory she rose to number 3 on the WTA ranking, becoming the first Russian female tennis player to reach the top three in the history of the rankings. In September 2004 she reached a career high of No.2, but she has not played professional tennis since 2007, and has stated she does not know whether she will return or not. Injury has prevented her from advancing for the past several years.

  14. Na Li

    Na Li


    Li Na (born 26 February 1982) is a Chinese former professional tennis player, who achieved a career-high ranking of world No. 2 on the WTA Tour on 17 February 2014, but retired from the sport seven months later due to a chronic left knee injury that had kept her out of the game for many years previously. Over the course of her career, Li won nine WTA singles titles, including two Grand Slam singles titles at the 2011 French Open and 2014 Australian Open. Li's rise to prominence came after those victories, which made her the first and only Grand Slam singles champion from Asia. Prior to this, she had already become the first player representing an Asian country to appear in a Grand Slam singles final, a milestone she achieved at the 2011 Australian Open. Li was also the runner-up at the 2013 Australian Open and 2013 WTA Tour Championships, a three-time quarterfinalist at Wimbledon and a semifinalist at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and 2013 US Open. Among her other most notable accolades, she was the first Chinese player to win a WTA tour title at the Guangzhou International Women's Open in 2004, the first to reach a Grand Slam singles quarterfinal at the 2006 Wimbledon Championships, and the first to break into the world's top 10. Her feats have sparked a major population growth of tennis players in Asia, earning her the reputation as the region's tennis pioneer and trailblazer.

  15. Billie Jean King

    Billie Jean King


    Billie Jean King (née Moffitt; born November 22, 1943) is an American former World No. 1 professional tennis player. King won 39 Grand Slam titles, including 12 singles, 16 women's doubles, and 11 mixed doubles titles. King won the singles title at the inaugural WTA Tour Championships. King often represented the United States in the Federation Cup and the Wightman Cup. She was a member of the victorious United States team in seven Federation Cups and nine Wightman Cups. For three years, King was the United States' captain in the Federation Cup.

  16. Iva Majoli

    Iva Majoli


    Iva Majoli Marić (Iva Majoli) (born August 12, 1977) is a former professional tennis player from Croatia. She upset Martina Hingis to win the women's singles title at the French Open in 1997. Majoli also won eight singles titles and one women's doubles title during her career.

  17. Arantxa Sánchez Vicario

    Arantxa Sánchez Vicario


    Aránzazu Isabel María "Arantxa" Sánchez Vicario (born 18 December 1971) is a Spanish former World No. 1 professional tennis player. She won four Grand Slam singles titles, six Grand Slam women's doubles titles, and four Grand Slam mixed doubles titles.

  18. Francesca Schiavone

    Francesca Schiavone


    Francesca Schiavone (born 23 June 1980 in Milan) is an Italian professional tennis player who turned professional in 1998. She won the 2010 French Open singles title, becoming the first Italian woman to win a Grand Slam event in singles. She was also runner-up at the 2011 French Open. Her career high ranking is World No. 4, achieved on 31 January 2011. To date, Schiavone is the last one handed-backhand player to win a Grand Slam title on the women's tour.

  19. Evonne Goolagong

    Evonne Goolagong


    Evonne Goolagong Cawley AO MBE (born 31 July 1951) is an Australian former World No. 1 female tennis player. She was one of the world's leading players in the 1970s and early 1980s, when she won 14 Grand Slam titles: seven in singles (four Australian Open, two Wimbledon and one French Open), six in women's doubles, and one in mixed doubles.

  20. Hana Mandlikova

    Hana Mandlikova


    Hana Mandlíková (born 19 February 1962) is a former professional tennis player from Czechoslovakia who later obtained Australian citizenship. During her career, she won four Grand Slam singles titles: the 1980 Australian Open, 1981 French Open, 1985 US Open, and the 1987 Australian Open. She was also the runner-up at four Grand Slam singles events, including the Wimbledon finals of 1981 and 1986, and won one Grand Slam women's doubles title, the 1989 US Open with Martina Navratilova.

  21. Virginia Ruzici

    Virginia Ruzici


    Virginia Ruzici (born 31 January 1955) is a former professional tennis player from Romania. She won the 1978 French Open singles championship.

  22. Margaret Court

    Margaret Court


    Margaret Court AO, MBE (née Smith; born 16 July 1942), also known as Margaret Smith Court, is a retired world No. 1 professional tennis player. She is currently a Christian minister in Perth, Australia, but is best known for her sporting career, in which she amassed more major titles than any other player in history.

  23. Mima Jaušovec

    Mima Jaušovec


    Mima Jaušovec  listen  (born on 20 July 1956) is former Yugoslavian female tennis player. She is perhaps most notable for winning the 1977 French Open singles championship.

  24. Nancy Richey

    Nancy Richey


    Nancy Richey (born August 23, 1942 in San Angelo, Texas, United States) is a former tennis player from the United States.

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