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Tennis is one of the most popular sports in the globe. The French Open is one of the most popular tennis tournaments in the world. Also known as Roland Garros after the French aviator, the tournament is held every year at the Stade Roland Garros in Paris, France, between late May and early June for two weeks. This list of Female Tennis Players in French Open is about the female tennis stars from the history, who went on doing great in their field.

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This tournament is played on clay court, and is the only Grand Slam tournament to do so. Female tennis players, who have taken over the tennis court now, have shown some great performances at the French Open. Let us take a look at the 10 Most Successful Female Tennis Players in French Open.

10 Most Successful Female Tennis Players in French Open

Hilde Krahwinkel Sperling

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Hilde Krahwinkel Sperling – Third from left

Former Danish female tennis player Hilde Krahwinkel Sperling was born on 26th March 1908 in Essen, Germany, and took her last breath on 7th March 1981 in Helsingborg, Sweden. She won several international titles in her active tennis career which includes 3 French Titles. She achieved all of her 3 French Open trophies in amateur era and is inducted in the tenth spot in our list of 10 most successful female tennis players in French Open. Hilde Krahwinkel Sperling won the reputed French open three times consecutively in 1935, 1936 and 1937. She achieved her career best ranking of World No.1 in 1936. Besides her French open legacy, Hilde Krahwinkel Sperling also reached the Wimbledon finals twice in 1931 and 1936. She was inducted in the international tennis hall of fame in 2013.

Justine Henin

Belgium’s female tennis player Justine Henin won a total of 50 international titles in her active tennis career which includes 4 French Titles. She achieved all of her 4 French Open trophies in open era and is inducted in the ninth spot in our list of 10 most successful female tennis players in French Open. Justine Henin won the reputed French open in 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2007. She had a 525–115 record in her active playing career which includes 82.03% winning ratio in international major tennis championships. Justine Henin bagged a total amount of $20,863,335 as the prize money from international tournaments and achieved her career best ranking of World No.1 on 20th October 2003.

Helen Wills

Former American female tennis player Helen Wills won many titles in her active tennis career which includes 4 French Titles. She achieved all of her 4 French Open trophies in amateur era and is inducted in the eighth spot in our list of 10 most successful female tennis players in French Open. Helen Wills won the reputed French open in 1928, 1929, 1930 and 1932. Helen Wills achieved her career best ranking of World No.1 in 1927. Besides her French open legacy, she also won the Wimbledon eight times in 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1932, 1933, 1935 and 1938. Helen Wills was inducted in the international tennis hall of fame in 1959.

Jeanne Matthey

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From Left: Mme Gallay, Melle De Kermel, Jeanne Matthey and Cécile Matthey

Former French female tennis player Jeanne Matthey won several international titles in her active tennis career which includes 4 French Titles. She achieved all of her 4 French Open trophies in amateur era and is inducted in the seventh spot in our list of 10 most successful female tennis players in French Open. Jeanne Matthey won the reputed French open in four times consecutively in 1909, 1910, 1911 and 1912. Jeanne Matthey was active in the resistance and was interned in concentration camps during the World War II. Besides her tennis career, she also received the Legion of Honour in 1927 for her services as a nurse.

Kate Gillou

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Former French female tennis player Kate Gillou won several international titles in her active tennis career which includes 4 French Titles. She achieved all of her 4 French Open trophies in amateur era and is inducted in the sixth spot in our list of 10 most successful female tennis players in French Open. Kate Gillou won the reputed French open in 1904, 1905, 1906 and 1908. Suzanne Lenglen also reached the final in 1903 but was defeated by Adine Masson. She won her last two French Opens under her married name of Kate Gillou-Fenwick. Besides her open titles, she also competed at the 1900 Summer Olympics.

Margaret Court

Retired Australian female tennis player Margaret Court won a total of 192 international titles in her active tennis career which includes 5 French Titles. She achieved 2 French Open trophies in amateur era and 3 more in Open era, and is inducted in the fifth spot in our list of 10 most successful female tennis players in French Open. Margaret Court won the reputed French open in 1962, 1964, 1969, 1970 and 1973. Margaret Court achieved her career best ranking of World No.1 in 1962. Besides her French open legacy, she also won the Australian Open eleven times in 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1969, 1970, 1971 and 1973. Margaret Court was inducted in the international tennis hall of fame in 1979.

Françoise “Adine” Masson

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Former French female tennis player Françoise Masson won several international titles in her active tennis career which includes 5 French Titles. She achieved all of her 5 French Open trophies in amateur era and is inducted in the fourth spot in our list of 10 most successful female tennis players in French Open. Françoise Masson won the reputed French open in 1897, 1898, 1899, 1902 and 1903. Suzanne Lenglen again reached the final in 1904 but was defeated by Kate Gillou. She is widely regarded as one of the best French tennis player of the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th century.

Steffi Graf

Retired German female tennis player Steffi Graf won a total of 107 international titles in her active tennis career which includes 6 French Titles. She achieved all of her 6 French Open trophies in open era and is inducted in the third spot in our list of 10 most successful female tennis players in French Open. Steffi Graf won the reputed French open in 1987, 1988, 1993, 1995, 1996 and 1999. She had a 900–115 record in her active playing career which includes 88.67% winning ratio in international major tennis championships. Steffi Graf bagged a total amount of $21,891,306 as the prize money from international tournaments and achieved her career best ranking of World No.1 on 17th August 1987. Steffi Graf was inducted in the international tennis hall of fame in 2004.

Suzanne Lenglen

Former French female tennis player Suzanne Lenglen won a total of 81 international titles in her active tennis career which includes 6 French Titles. She achieved all of her 6 French Open trophies in amateur era and is inducted in the second spot in our list of 10 most successful female tennis players in French Open. Suzanne Lenglen won the reputed French open in 1920, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1925 and 1926. Suzanne Lenglen achieved her career best ranking of World No.1 during her heydays. Besides her French open legacy, she also won the Wimbledon six times in 1919, 1920, 1921, 1922, 1923 and 1925. Suzanne Lenglen was inducted in the international tennis hall of fame in 1978.

Chris Evert

Retired American female tennis player Chris Evert won a total of 157 international titles in her active tennis career which includes 7 French Titles. She achieved all of her 7 French Open trophies in open era and is inducted in the top spot in our list of 10 most successful female tennis players in French Open. Chris Evert won the reputed French open in 1974, 1975, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1985 and 1986. She had a 1309–146 record in her active playing career which includes 89.96% winning ratio in international major tennis championships. Chris Evert bagged a total amount of $8,895,195 as the prize money from international tournaments and achieved her career best ranking of World No.1 on 3rd November 1975. Chris Evert was inducted in the international tennis hall of fame in 1995.

These female tennis players can give their male counterparts a run for their money. They have removed all kinds of stereotypes regarding the athletic capabilities, body strength, speed, agility, power, etc. of women, and set incredible records. It is expected that they will do the same, and create more memorable moments in the sport of tennis.

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