With aristocracy breathing the air at the All England Club in London, the Wimbledon Championship is widely considered as the most prestigious title in world Tennis. In tennis however, the only way you can attain nobility is by sweating it out on the court. Here is the list of ladies, who shed their royal tantrums to win the title.
Martina Navratilova has been the most successful player at Wimbledon. She won 9 titles from a total of 12 finals that she reached. During the best spell of her career, Navratilova also won 6 straight Wimbledon titles which stands as a record till date.
Steffi Graf lost out to Martina Navratilova in 1987 but in the next two years, she appropriately took her revenge as she beat the American in the finals; both being compelling 3-set encounters. The German then went on to win 7 titles, the one in 1996 being her last.
Venus Williams started an era which saw the Wiliams sisters face few hurdles at Wimbledon. In all, Venus won 5 titles out of the 8 finals she has reached making her one of the best, the tournament has ever seen.
At the Wimbledon, Serena Williams has had to rejoice at the cost of her sister's plight. Out of the 4 final meetings that the Williams sisters had, Serena emerged victorious on 3 occasions. In all the American has won 4 titles.
Billie Jean King
The Wimbledon transformed from its amateur era to the Open era but Billie Jean King's good showing was unperturbed as the American won 4 titles without dropping a single set in them.
Chris Evert reached a total of 10 Wimbledon finals, but unfortunately for her, 5 of them were against Martina Navratilova, who beat Evert on all instances. Chris Evert still managed to win 3 titles in 1974, 1976 and 1981.
Evonne Goolagong Cawley
Evonne Goolagong Cawley won the title in 1971 but in the next few campaigns, her joy was cut short by a couple of Americans; Billie Jean King and Chris Evert who ensured that the Australian finished as a runner-up on 3 occasions. Evonne Goolagong Cawley however, got her revenge in the 1980 edition where she beat Evert in straight sets.
Jana Novotná is the perfect example of how perseverence finally pays off in the sport of Tennis. After losing out in the 1993 and 1997 finals, she won the tournament in 1998 against Nathalie Tauziat, which was the only Grand Slam victory of her career.
One of the best players in the ‘pre-Williams' era, Davenport won the Wimbledon title in 1999. She came close in the year 2000 and 2005, but Venus Williams ensured that her fellow American only finished runners up on both occasions.