The French Open has witnessed many success stories from some great female players. They have displayed immense fitness and longevity to defy age and lift titles in Paris, even at the latter stages of their careers. These starlets have thus won great accolades there, being referred to as the legends of Roland Garros. We look at the 5 oldest female players who lifted the trophy in Paris.
Serena Williams: French Open Winner At Roland Garros
Serena has displayed her longevity and strength in every major tennis tournament. She is the oldest female player to win a Grand Slam and also the oldest female to be ranked as world number 1. The 23-time major champion is also the oldest female player to win the French Open title. She has already won 3 Roland Garros championships in her glittering career. The American starlet won her last French Open titles in 2015 at the age of 33 years and 254 days. Serena could improve her own record in the coming years of she succeeds to lift one more title in Paris.
Chris Evert: French Open Winner At Roland Garros
The Queen of Clay is the most successful female champion at Roland Garros. Evert has 7 French Open trophies to her name. Her dominance there could be compared to Rafa Nadal in the male section. The 18 time Grand Slam champion won her last Roland Garros championship in 1987. She beat the longtime archrival, Martina Navratilova, in the tournament decider in a 3 set thriller. Chrissie was at the age of 31 years and 169 days at that time. This makes her the 2nd oldest female champion at the clay slam female champion in tennis history.
No male or female tennis player has been so consistent in all 4 Grand Slam as this great German athlete affectionately called Fraulein Forehand. In each of the 4 major tournaments, Steffi won at least 4 trophies. At the French Open, the former world number 1 grabbed 6 titles. Her last victory at Roland Garros came in the year 1999. Steffi was at the age of 29 years and 356 days at that time. This makes her one of the oldest female players to win the French Open championships.
The Australian tennis legend is the most successful Grand Slam champion in history with 24 trophy wins. She has also won 6 French Open championships in her career. In 1973, when Court won her last title at Roland Garros she was 30 years and 321 days old. She thus became one of the selectively few players who succeeded in Paris after the age of 30. Margaret Court was one of the great examples of fitness, longevity, and consistency for future WTA tennis players.
She was the 1st Italian tennis player to win a Grand Slam. That victory came in 2010 when Francesca lifted the 2010 Roland Garros women’s trophy. The former world number 4 was at the age of 29 years and 348 days at the time of her French Open victory. She reached the final in Paris in 2011 also but could not defend her title after being beaten by Li Na of China. Thus the 2010 victory remained Francesca’s lone win at the Grand Slam level.