Top 5 Women US Open Champions in the Open Era

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Top 5 Women US Open Champions in the Open Era

Last week I ran through the top 5 men US Open Champions in the Open Era. This week, I’m going to run through the women. My list will include some familiar names. However, one thing I found interesting was that there are not as many multiple champions as there are on the men’s side. That being said, it is nice to still have Serena Williams around, who has dominated the US Open for the better part of the 2000s and 2010s.


My criteria have not changed since I ran through the men last week. The ranking is comprised completely by my opinion, so feel free to chime in with your top five. I welcome your perspective! My criteria are as follows: consistency (quarters or better), number of championships, and longevity. Here goes.


Kim Clijsters TennisPAL5. Kim Clijsters (3 titles)

From 1999 to 2012, she was involved in four finals and one quarterfinal. I’ll give the nod to Kim Clijsters over Billie Jean and Margaret Court who also hold three titles a piece and were also a bit more consistent. The reason is because Kim won two of her US Open’s after having retired to have a family and coming back. That’s tough, as Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka are finding out.





Martina Navrátilová TennisPAL4. Martina Navratilova (4 titles)

From 1973 to 1994, she was involved in eight finals, four semifinals and two quarterfinals. I have to be honest, I’m surprised Martina did not win more US Open titles. Especially given the fact that she brought an exceptional level of professionalism to the sport. However, she was sandwiched between Chris Evert in her early US Open’s, who was playing in front of a home crowd, and then Steffi Graf who was, in my opinion, the greatest player that ever lived.





Steffi Graf TennisPAL3. Steffi Graf (5 titles)

From 1985 to 1999, she was involved in eight finals, three semifinals and one quarterfinal. Steffi is the greatest women’s player that ever lived in my opinion. The reason I say this is because she won double the amount of French Open’s that Serena has. For me the greatest tournaments are the French, Wimbledon and the US Open. Serena makes up ground with all those Australian Opens, of which she has seven. However, for a long time the Australian was considered a second-tier slam. Given the fact that I give the nod to Steffi over Serena overall, Serena gets the nod over Steffi at the US Open. She has more titles and has been more consistent.




Serena Williams French Open 2018 TennisPAL2. Serena Williams (6 titles)

From 1999 to 2018, she was involved in eight finals, three semifinals, and three quarterfinals. Serena is still active, and she may very well add to her wonderful US Open resume. The fact that she is still active and has the second best overall record in terms of consistency at the US Open makes me think that she is the second-best US Open champion in the history of the event.





Chris Evert TennisPAL1.Chris Evert (6 titles)

From 1971 to 1989, she was involved in eight finals, eight semifinals, and two quarterfinals. I’ve always been pretty impressed with Chris Evert’s overall record but digging into it was extremely interesting. Especially when I dug into her US Open record. She was exemplary in her consistency during the seventies and eighties. She appeared in 19 US open’s during her career and had Semifinal or better appearances during her first 16 US Opens. On her last three she reached two Quarterfinals and one Semifinal. That’s an incredible record.






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Comments: 1

  1. Sue Lightbody

    Steffi no question whatsoever.