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Top five players with most women's singles matches at US Open in Open Era

Published at :September 5, 2023 at 2:09 PM
Modified at :September 16, 2023 at 5:16 AM
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Williams sisters are also part of this exclusive list.

The US Open, one of the most prestigious tennis tournaments in the world, usually takes place during late August and early September, creating an electrifying ambiance that captivates both players and fans alike. Spanning for approximately two exciting weeks, this iconic tournament brings together top-ranked players from around the globe to showcase their skills and compete for ultimate glory.

As the final Grand Slam of the tennis calendar, the US Open offers five main event categories that cover a wide spectrum of magnificent tennis: men's and women's Singles, men's and women's doubles, and the mixed doubles.

In the rich annals of the US Open, numerous players have achieved various remarkable feats. This article intends to explore the elite group of top five players who have participated in the most women's singles matches at the US Open during the Open Era.

5. Steffi Graf (93)

Steffi Graff post winning the Wimbledon Championships (Courtesy: Britannica)

The retired German tennis star possesses the esteemed distinction of holding the fifth-highest record for singles matches in the US Open's Open Era. Throughout the course of her illustrious career, she has accumulated an impressive 93 appearances in total.

Stefanie Maria Graf, better known as Steffi Graff, was born on June 14, 1969 in Mannheim, of West Germany. Her illustrious career in the realm of tennis has left an indelible imprint on the sport. Graf's playing style was characterized by her formidable forehand, impeccable footwork, and exceptional athleticism. Commencing her professional journey in 1982, she swiftly ascended through the ranks, culminating in her inaugural Grand Slam triumph at the French Open in 1987.

However, it was in 1988 that Graf reached the pinnacle of her career, accomplishing an extraordinary feat renowned as the "Golden Slam" – a feat involving triumphs in four Grand Slam tournaments and securing an Olympic gold medal within the same calendar year. Graf also achieved an impressive tally of 22 Grand Slam singles titles, with her triumph at Wimbledon in 1988 being particularly noteworthy.

4. Venus Williams (100)

Venus Williams in action at her final Grand Slam appearance at US Open 2023 (Courtesy: CNN)

With a stunning career spanning over two decades, Venus Williams continues to make her mark in the world of professional tennis. As she stepped onto the court for the first-round match against the talented Greet Minnen at the US Open 2023, the anticipation was palpable. Despite the outcome of the match, where Venus unfortunately lost in straight sets, her legacy shines through.

Venus Williams has achieved an incredible feat, becoming only the fourth player in the Open Era to appear in an astounding 100 women's singles matches at the prestigious US Open. This milestone speaks volumes about her unwavering dedication, tenacity, and passion for the sport.

Alongside her sibling Serena Williams, Venus has played a pivotal role in shaping the landscape of women's tennis. Commencing her professional career in 1994, she swiftly ascended to prominence, securing her inaugural Grand Slam title at Wimbledon in 2000.

Regarded for her formidable serve and assertive style, Venus consistently showcased exceptional prowess, accumulating a total of seven Grand Slam singles titles and numerous doubles titles in collaboration with her sister. She currently occupies the fourth position on the leaderboard with a total of 100 appearances to her name.

3. Martina Navratilova (106)

Martina Navratilova played professional tennis for over three decades (Courtesy: The Guardian)

Widely acclaimed as one of the most exceptional tennis players in history, Martina Navratilova proudly holds the esteemed third position on this coveted list, amassing an impressive 106 appearances throughout her career on the court.

Navratilova's career spanned multiple decades, during which she achieved an impressive 18 Grand Slam singles titles and a staggering 31 Grand Slam doubles titles.

Born on October 18, 1956, in Prague, Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic), Martina Navratilova showcased exceptional tennis talent from a young age. Her powerful left-handed game and aggressive playing style set her apart from her peers. Known for her incredible net play, precision volleys, and unmatched speed, Navratilova revolutionized the sport with her all-court prowess.

She has amassed an impressive nine Wimbledon singles titles, setting a remarkable record. Notably, she achieved the world No. 1 ranking for a total of 332 weeks in singles and 237 weeks in doubles, showcasing an unparalleled level of consistency and dominance.

2. Chris Evert (113)

Chris Evert playing a forehand shot (Courtesy: Tennis Abstract)

Known as the "Ice Maiden" due to her poised and composed attitude on the court, Chris Evert holds the distinction of having the second highest number of appearances in women's singles matches in the Open Era of the US Open. Remarkably, she has participated in a staggering 113 singles matches throughout her career at this prestigious tournament.

During her illustrious career, Evert became a household name in the world of tennis. With her graceful playing style and fierce determination, she dominated the courts for over a decade. Her mesmerizing backhand, characterized by its precision and consistency, became her signature shot.

Beyond her impressive 18 Grand Slam titles, Evert's career is adorned with numerous accolades and records. She achieved a remarkable winning percentage of over 90 per cent throughout her career, a feat that remains unparalleled. Evert's mastery on clay courts was particularly notable, as she triumphed in a record seven French Open tournaments, showcasing her exceptional skills on the red dirt.

1. Serena Williams (123)

Serena Williams played her final match at the US Open in 2022 (Courtesy: WTA)

Serena Williams, a prominent figure in the world of women's tennis, has solidified her name in the record books. Holding an astounding six US Open titles, she maintains the remarkable distinction of making the most appearances at the Open Era of the prestigious US Open Grand Slam tournament.

She boasts an impressive tally of 23 Grand Slam singles titles, showcasing her unwavering commitment to elevating the limits of the sport.

Born in Saginaw, Michigan, on September 26, 1981, Serena began honing her tennis skills at a young age under the guidance of her father, Richard Williams. Together with her sister Venus Williams, Serena formed an unstoppable force on the tennis court, captivating audiences with their unique blend of power, finesse, and competitive spirit.

Throughout her illustrious career, Serena has faced and overcome numerous challenges, both on and off the court. Her relentless drive for excellence, coupled with her unwavering commitment to the sport, has catapulted her to the pinnacle of tennis success. Serena's fierce determination and unwavering focus have enabled her to dominate the women's game for over two decades, making her one of the most decorated athletes of all time.

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