Emma Raducanu joins an illustrious checklist of stripling Slam winners

Emma Raducanu made her tour-level debut in June 2021 at WTA Nottingham

British teenager Emma Raducanu rewrote the historical past books when she gained her maiden Grand Slam title on the US Open.

The 18-year-old new British primary, who has risen to 23 on the planet rankings, joins an illustrious checklist of among the best-known names in tennis, who hit the massive time after they gained their first main title whereas nonetheless a teen.

Martina Hingis
Martina Hingis is the youngest feminine Slam champion within the Open period

Martina Hingis – 16 years, 117 days (Australian Open, 1997)

The ‘Swiss Miss’ continues to be the youngest feminine Slam champion within the Open period, successful the 1997 Australian Open by beating Mary Pierce. She went on to win 5 Grand Slam singles titles in complete.

Hingis first retired in 2003 after two ankle surgical procedures. She returned to competitors in non-tour occasions in 2005 earlier than asserting her comeback to the WTA Tour a 12 months later.

In 2007, Hingis was investigated for testing constructive for a metabolite of cocaine and was suspended by the Worldwide Tennis Federation for 2 years.

She made a 3rd return to the game in 2015, focusing extra on doubles, successful 4 Slam titles in ladies’s doubles and 6 combined doubles titles earlier than retiring for a ultimate time in 2017.

Monica Seles – 16 years, 189 days (French Open 1990)

Seles gained eight Slam titles earlier than she turned 20, however, in 1993, was the sufferer of an on-court knife assault. She returned to the tour in 1995 and gained one other main, however struggled to seek out her greatest kind. She performed her final official tour match on the 2003 French Open.

Tracey Austin – 16 years, 270 days (US Open, 1979)

Austin stays the youngest US Open champion in historical past and added one other title in 1981.

The American struggled with accidents after that and was usually sidelined for lengthy durations. She tried a comeback in 1988 however had a near-fatal street accident a 12 months later. She tried one other return in 1993, however lastly retired the next 12 months.

Maria Sharapova – 17 years, 75 days (Wimbledon, 2004)

Famously beat Serena Williams within the ultimate at Wimbledon 17 years in the past to say her maiden main trophy. The Russian went on to win a complete of 5 Slam titles, together with two French Opens on clay – a floor on which she famously described herself as being a “cow on ice”.

Sharapova retired in 2020 after being hampered by shoulder accidents within the latter levels of her profession. She had served a 15-month suspension from the game after testing constructive for meldonium on the 2016 Australian Open.

Michael Chang – 17 years, 110 days (French Open, 1989)

Michael Chang
Michael Chang is the youngest male Slam winner, however regardless of making two extra finals, by no means gained one other one

Essentially the most notable to win just one is the youngest male Slam champion Chang, who beat Stefan Edberg at Roland Garros in 1989.

Regardless of reaching a world rating of quantity two on the planet and a complete of 34 profession titles, the American was unable to recover from the road within the Australian Open and US Open finals in 1996.

Arantxa Sanchez Vicario – 17 years, 174 days (French Open, 1989)

Having adopted older brothers Emilio and Javier Sanchez into the game, the Spaniard upset Steffi Graf to make historical past at Roland Garros.

Two extra Paris triumphs adopted – together with her final Slam in 1998 – and a US Open success in 1994, whereas she was runner-up twice on the Australian Open and Wimbledon. She additionally claimed six ladies’s doubles and 4 combined doubles titles earlier than retiring in 2002.

Two years later, Sanchez Vicario returned to play within the 2004 Olympics – her fifth look within the Video games, from which she has two silver and bronze medals.

Boris Becker – 17 years, 228 days (Wimbledon, 1985)

On the time the dynamic German gained his first Wimbledon title, he was the youngest male participant to win a Slam within the Open period.

Becker was additionally unseeded when he began his run, though he was 20 within the ATP rankings as seedings solely went as much as 16 again then.

He went on to win Wimbledon twice extra, plus two Australian Open titles and the 1989 US Open.

Mats Wilander – 17 years, 293 days (French Open, 1982)

The Swede made his mark when he gained the French Open as an unseeded participant, defeating Guillermo Vilas.

Wilander went on to win seven Slam titles in complete along with his greatest 12 months in 1988 when he gained three of the 4, solely lacking out at Wimbledon.

He by no means gained the singles title at SW19 however did win the boys’s doubles in SW19 with compatriot Joakim Nystrom in 1986.

A 3-time Davis Cup winner with Sweden, he was handed a three-month suspension by the ITF, having examined constructive for cocaine on the 1995 French Open, and retired a 12 months later.

Serena Williams – 17 years, 350 days (US Open, 1999)

Nonetheless energetic and nonetheless chasing the elusive twenty fourth Grand Slam singles title which might draw her degree with record-holder Margaret Court docket, Williams has seen her makes an attempt in recent times thwarted.

She gained the US Open in her first ultimate, beating fellow teenager Hingis.

She first grew to become a world primary in 2002, however has been troubled with accidents not too long ago. Her final Slam title got here in 2017, when she gained the Australian Open whereas within the early levels of being pregnant.

Steffi Graf – 17 years, 357 days (French Open, 1987)

Graf’s arrival on the scene was within the years of Martina Navratilova’s dominance, and the German beat the then world primary for a primary French Open success.

She gained a ‘Golden Slam’ of all 4 majors and Olympic gold in 1988, ending with 22 main singles titles in her profession.

Knee and wrist accidents beset the latter levels of her profession and he or she retired on the age of 30 in 1999, when she was nonetheless ranked world quantity three and had simply gained the French Open and reached the Wimbledon ultimate.

Bjorn Borg – 18 years, 10 days (French Open, 1974)

Borg’s breakthrough as a teenage sensation within the mid-Seventies helped make tennis front-page information.

The Swede gained 11 Slams – six French Opens and 5 Wimbledons – and he might be endlessly remembered for the epic 1980 showpiece towards John McEnroe at SW19.

His preliminary retirement on the age of 26 in 1983 was a shock to the tennis world. He tried a comeback between 1991-1993, however did not win a match on the ATP Tour.

Rafael Nadal – 19 years, 3 days (French Open, 2005)

Nadal is the one member of the ‘Huge Three’ of himself, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic to win his first Slam title as a teen.

He has gained an unprecedented 13 on the French Open, along with seven at different majors. Nadal, Federer and Djokovic are all at the moment tied on 20 Slam titles every.

The 35-year-old has struggled with damage all through his profession and ended his 2021 season final month due to a recurring left-foot downside.

A graphic showing some of the youngest Grand Slam winners and how they fared in their careers

Different youngsters who additionally gained Slams

Pete Sampras, aged 19 years and 29 days, landed the 1990 US Open with victory over Andre Agassi. It was the primary of the American’s 14 profession majors, which included seven at Wimbledon. It was a document complete in males’s tennis till surpassed by Roger Federer in 2009.

Aged 19 years and 324 days, success within the 1985 Australian Open ultimate towards fellow Swede Mats Wilander was the primary of Stefan Edberg’s six profession Slams.

On the ladies’s facet, Hana Mandlikova grew to become the second-youngest feminine participant to win a Grand Slam on the time when she beat Australian Wendy Turnbull within the 1980 Australian Open ultimate. The Prague-born participant, who was then aged 18 years and 329 days, would win three extra Slams in her profession earlier than retiring a decade later.

Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova gained two Slams in her profession, the primary within the US Open, aged 19 years and 76 days, when she beat compatriot Elena Dementieva. She additionally landed the 2009 French Open.

Bianca Andreescu shocked Serena Williams on the US Open in 2019, aged 19 years and 83 days, however has been plagued with accidents ever since.

Iga Swiatek gained the 2020 French Open aged 19 years and 132 days, beating Sofia Kenin, however the Polish participant has but to observe that up.

American Chris Evert claimed the primary of her 18 singles Grand Slams when she beat Olga Morozova within the 1974 French Open ultimate on the age of 19 years and 176 days.

Iva Majoli upset Martina Hingis to win her solely Slam title within the 1997 French Open aged 19 years and 299 days, ending Hingis’ 37-match successful streak and handing the Swiss her first defeat in a Grand Slam ultimate.

Australia’s Evonne Goolagong, aged 19 years and 309 days, lifted the French Open in 1971, beating Helen Gourlay for the primary of her seven majors.

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