Top 10 youngest women’s Grand Slam winners: Where does US Open winner Emma Raducanu rank?
Emma Raducanu joined the list of teenage Grand Slam winners when she beat Leylah Fernandez in the 2021 US Open final, but where does the British star rank in the top 10 youngest women’s Grand Slam winners list?
The 18-year-old completed a fairytale run at Flushing Meadows as she won 10 matches – three in qualifying – to become the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam.
Raducanu’s victory sees Bianca Andreescu, who won the 2019 US Open, drop out of the top 10. Although Andreescu would have dropped out even if her compatriot Leylah Fernandez had beaten Raducanu as the latter was 19 years and 5 days on the day of the final.
Top 10 youngest women’s Grand Slam winners:
10. Svetlana Kuznetsova – 19 years and 76 days
Russian Kuznetsova joined the top 10 in 2004 when she beat compatriot Elena Dementieva 6–3, 7–5 in the US Open women’s final at Flushing Meadows.
9. Hana Mandlikova – 18 years and 329 days
Mandlikova, playing under the Czechoslovakia flag, became the second-youngest female player to win a Grand Slam in 1980 when she beat Australian Wendy Turnbull 6–0, 7–5 in the Australian Open final.
8. Emma Raducanu – 18 years and 302 days
The British sensation joins the list at No 8 after beating fellow teenager Leylah Fernandez 6-4, 6-3 on Arthur Ashe Stadium to win her first title before her 19th birthday.
7. Steffi Graf – 17 years and 357 days
World No 2 and second seed Graf won the first of her 22 Grand Slam titles as she overcame the great Martina Navratilova 6–4, 4–6, 8–6 in the 1987 French Open final.
6. Serena Williams – 17 years and 350 days
The 1999 US Open was Williams’ Grand Slam breakthrough as won the first of her 23 major titles with a 6–3, 7–6 (7–4) victory over world No 1 Martina Hingis at Flushing Meadows.
5. Aranxta Sanchez Vicario – 17 years and 174 days
The diminutive Spaniard announced her arrival on the biggest stage when she upset two-time defending champion Graf 7–6 (8–6), 3–6, 7–5 to win the 1989 French Open.
4. Maria Sharapova – 17 years and 75 days
Russian Sharapova joined the teenage Grand Slam wonders list when she beat two-time defending champion Serena Williams 6–1, 6–4 in the 2004 Wimbledon final.
3. Tracy Austin – 16 years and 270 days
American Austin became the first 16-year-old to win a Grand Slam when she upset four-time defending champion Chris Evert 6–4, 6–3 in the 1979 US Open final.
2. Monica Seles – 16 years and 189 days
Playing under the Yugoslavia flag, Seles replaced Austin at the top of the list when she won the 1990 French Open courtesy a 7–6 (8–6), 6–4 win over defending champion Steffi Graf.
1. Martina Hingis – 16 years and 117 days
The Swiss Miss wrote her name into the history books on January 25, 1997 when she beat Mary Pierce 6–2, 6–2 in the Australian Open final to beat Seles’ record.
* Please note that only Open Era records taken into account.
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