The second played annual Grand Slam, French Open was founded in 1891. The initial years of the French Open presented only the men’s tournament, later in seven years – 1897, the Women’s Singles event started. Initially, the Women’s French Open was conducted at Île de Puteaux, which is now played at the Stade Roland Garros in Paris, France.
The record for the most Women’s Singles titles won in the French Open is set by the retired American World No.1 tennis player Chris Evert. She played tennis in the Open Era, yet holds this record in both Amateur and Open Era with 7 victories. French Open past Women’s Singles Champions list has been shared at the end of the article.
When was the First French Open Women’s Singles Held?
The first Women’s Singles French Open was conducted in 1897 that featured two French tennis players Adine Masson and P. Girod. Adine Masson won the first French Open Women’s Singles title with a score of 6–3, 6–1 in the Amateur Era. She won back-to-back titles 3 times and lifted the trophy on 5 occasions.
Adine Masson stands second in the record for most titles won during the Amateur Era, whereas the player to hold the record is the French player Suzanne Lenglen with 6 titles. Lenglen also holds the record for the most consecutive title win of 4, along with another French player Jeanne Matthey.
Who Won the 2018 French Open Women’s Championship?
The 2018 French Open Women’s Singles was held between Romanian player Simona Halep and the American professional tennis player Sloane Stephens, which resulted in Halep’s first Grand Slam title win. Previously, Halep reached the 2018 Australian Open finals but was defeated by Caroline Wozniacki.
Halep defeated Stephens at the French Open with the score 3–6, 6–4, 6–1 and became the second Romanian player to win a Grand Slam title after Virginia Ruzici in 1978. Simona defeated Kerber to qualify for the semifinals and retained the World No.1 Singles ranking by defeating Muguruza, 6–1, 6–4.
Players with more than 5 French Open Titles
A total of 5 professional tennis players from the Amateur Era and Open Era have won the French Open Championship 5 and more than 5 times. Suzanne Lenglen and Adine Masson competed in the Amateur Era and won 6 and 5 titles respectively. Similarly, Chris Evert and Steffi Graf won the French Open title 7 and 6 times correspondingly.
The Australian player Margaret Court, who is considered as one of the greatest tennis players of all time won 2 titles during the Amateur Era and 3 during the Open Era, summing up to a total of 5 Championship. Her first French Open win was in 1962 and her final title win was in 1973.
French Open Champions Women’s Singles
Since the inception of the Women’s Singles French Open, the French players have dominated the sport, having won 30 titles so far. France is closely followed by America that has collected 29 titles to date. Mary Pierce is the only player to win a title for France in the Open Era in 2000. Find the complete list of the French Open Women’s Singles Winners here.
|Year||Winner||Runner-up||Score in the final|
|1968||Nancy Richey||Ann Haydon Jones||5–7, 6–4, 6–1|
|1969||Margaret Court||Ann Haydon Jones||6–1, 4–6, 6–3|
|1970||Margaret Court||Helga Niessen||6–2, 6–4|
|1971||Evonne Goolagong||Helen Gourlay||6–3, 7–5|
|1972||Billie Jean King||Evonne Goolagong||6–3, 6–3|
|1973||Margaret Court||Chris Evert||6–7(5–7), 7–6(8–6), 6–4|
|1974||Chris Evert||Olga Morozova||6–1, 6–2|
|1975||Chris Evert||Martina Navratilova||2–6, 6–2, 6–1|
|1976||Sue Barker||Renáta Tomanová||6–2, 0–6, 6–2|
|1977||Mima Jaušovec||Florența Mihai||6–2, 6–7(5–7), 6–1|
|1978||Virginia Ruzici||Mima Jaušovec||6–2, 6–2|
|1979||Chris Evert||Wendy Turnbull||6–2, 6–0|
|1980||Chris Evert||Virginia Ruzici||6–0, 6–3|
|1981||Hana Mandlíková||Sylvia Hanika||6–2, 6–4|
|1982||Martina Navratilova||Andrea Jaeger||7–6(8–6), 6–1|
|1983||Chris Evert||Mima Jaušovec||6–1, 6–2|
|1984||Martina Navratilova||Chris Evert||6–3, 6–1|
|1985||Chris Evert||Martina Navratilova||6–3, 6–7(4–7), 7–5|
|1986||Chris Evert||Martina Navratilova||2–6, 6–3, 6–3|
|1987||Steffi Graf||Martina Navratilova||6–4, 4–6, 8–6|
|1988||Steffi Graf||Natasha Zvereva||6–0, 6–0|
|1989||Arantxa Sánchez Vicario||Steffi Graf||7–6(8–6), 3–6, 7–5|
|1990||Monica Seles||Steffi Graf||7–6(8–6), 6–4|
|1991||Monica Seles||Arantxa Sánchez Vicario||6–3, 6–4|
|1992||Monica Seles||Steffi Graf||6–2, 3–6, 10–8|
|1993||Steffi Graf||Mary Joe Fernández||4–6, 6–2, 6–4|
|1994||Arantxa Sánchez Vicario||Mary Pierce||6–4, 6–4|
|1995||Steffi Graf||Arantxa Sánchez Vicario||7–5, 4–6, 6–0|
|1996||Steffi Graf||Arantxa Sánchez Vicario||6–3, 6–7(4–7), 10–8|
|1997||Iva Majoli||Martina Hingis||6–4, 6–2|
|1998||Arantxa Sánchez Vicario||Monica Seles||7–6(7–5), 0–6, 6–2|
|1999||Steffi Graf||Martina Hingis||4–6, 7–5, 6–2|
|2000||Mary Pierce||Conchita Martínez||6–2, 7–5|
|2001||Jennifer Capriati||Kim Clijsters||1–6, 6–4, 12–10|
|2002||Serena Williams||Venus Williams||7–5, 6–3|
|2003||Justine Henin-Hardenne||Kim Clijsters||6–0, 6–4|
|2004||Anastasia Myskina||Elena Dementieva||6–1, 6–2|
|2005||Justine Henin-Hardenne||Mary Pierce||6–1, 6–1|
|2006||Justine Henin-Hardenne||Svetlana Kuznetsova||6–4, 6–4|
|2007||Justine Henin||Ana Ivanovic||6–1, 6–2|
|2008||Ana Ivanovic||Dinara Safina||6–4, 6–3|
|2009||Svetlana Kuznetsova||Dinara Safina||6–4, 6–2|
|2010||Francesca Schiavone||Samantha Stosur||6–4, 7–6(7–2)|
|2011||Li Na||Francesca Schiavone||6–4, 7–6(7–0)|
|2012||Maria Sharapova||Sara Errani||6–3, 6–2|
|2013||Serena Williams||Maria Sharapova||6–4, 6–4|
|2014||Maria Sharapova||Simona Halep||6–4, 6–7(5–7), 6–4|
|2015||Serena Williams||Lucie Šafářová||6–3, 6–7(2–7), 6–2|
|2016||Garbiñe Muguruza||Serena Williams||7–5, 6–4|
|2017||Jeļena Ostapenko||Simona Halep||4–6, 6–4, 6–3|
|2018||Simona Halep||Sloane Stephens||3–6, 6–4, 6–1|