The 7 women with most Grand Slam titles in 21st century: Iga Swiatek draws level with Maria Sharapova

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Serena Williams and Iga Swiatek feature in our countdown

Despite not celebrating her 23rd birthday until later this week, Iga Swiatek has already sealed her place as a tennis great.

With over 100 weeks as world No 1 and four Grand Slam titles to her name, the Pole is currently the most accomplished player of her generation by a long way.

And her major success already sees her sit high up in the record books, with only three women this century winning more Grand Slam titles than her.

Here, we look into the seven women with the most Grand Slam titles this century – with Swiatek having drawn level with a modern-day great after her latest French Open win.

1) Serena Williams – 22 Slams

Arguably the greatest female player of all time, 22 of Serena’s 23 major singles titles came post-2000.

Serena’s first 21st-century Slam came at the 2002 French Open, and she completed her first ‘Serena Slam’ by consecutively winning Wimbledon, the US Open, and the Australian Open.

The US star found most success at SW19 and in Melbourne, winning seven titles at those events, while she also claimed three French Open and five US Open titles this century.

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=2) Venus Williams – 7 Slams

Venus would have likely won more majors had she not had to compete against her sister, but her impressive haul of seven Grand Slam titles still places her joint second.

Aged 20, she downed Lindsay Davenport to win her first Slam at Wimbledon in 2000 and then beat her compatriot in the US Open final later that summer.

The former world No 1 won back-to-back Wimbledon and US Open titles again in 2001 and followed those victories up with further SW19 triumphs in 2005, 2007, and 2008.

=2) Justine Henin – 7 Slams

Perhaps the best player not called Williams this century, Belgian star Henin sits joint second on this list thanks to her incredible exploits during the mid-2000s.

Henin beat compatriot Kim Clijsters (more on her shortly) to win her first Slam at the 2003 French Open and went on to win the US Open later that season, alongside victory at the 2004 Australian Open.

A modern-day ‘Queen of Clay’, Henin then won three straight Roland Garros titles across 2005-07, while her seventh and final Slam came at Flushing Meadows in 2007.

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=4) Maria Sharapova – 5 Slams

The only woman outside of Serena to complete the career Grand Slam in the 21st century, Sharapova’s fighting spirit helped her battle her way to five major titles.

Sharapova was just 17 when she beat Serena to win Wimbledon 20 years ago, and then followed that up by winning her second major at the 2006 US Open.

The Russian then claimed her sole title Down Under at the 2008 Australian Open, before winning two titles at Roland Garros in 2012 and 2014.

=4) Iga Swiatek – 5 Slams

Swiatek is now level with Sharapova on five major titles after winning her latest Roland Garros crown this past weekend.

The Pole stunned the tennis world with her maiden Slam victory at the French Open in 2020, defying her unseeded status to beat Sofia Kenin in the final.

She regained the Roland Garros title in 2022, also winning the US Open that season – before completing a ‘threepeat’ of Paris triumphs in 2023 and 2024.

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=6) Kim Clijsters – 4 Slams

After losing her first four major finals, Clijsters then won her next four to seal her place as one of the greatest players of recent times.

The Belgian beat Mary Pierce in the 2005 US Open final to finally claim her maiden Slam, though then retired from the sport the following year.

However, she sensationally returned after becoming a mother and won back-to-back New York crowns in 2009 and 2010, before claiming her last major at the 2011 Australian Open.

=6) Naomi Osaka – 4 Slams

A modern-day tennis icon, Japanese star Osaka will be hoping to add to her collection of four major titles as she continues her own comeback from maternity leave.

The former world No 1 famously beat Serena for her first major at the 2018 US Open and then followed that up by winning the Australian Open in 2019.

The current world No 125 completed that same double in the succeeding seasons, winning at Flushing Meadows in 2020 before winning her most recent major Down Under in 2021.