Emma Raducanu joins an illustrious listing of youth Slam winners

Emma Raducanu
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 listing of a few of the best-known names in tennis, who hit the large time once 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’ remains to be the youngest feminine Slam champion, successful the 1997 Australian Open by beating Mary Pierce. She went on to win 5 Slams in whole and was within the last of the French Open twice.

Hingis first retired in 2003 after two ankle surgical procedures and eventually admitted the ache had develop into an excessive amount of. She returned to competitors in non-tour occasions in 2005 earlier than saying her comeback to the WTA tour a 12 months later.

In 2007, Hingis was investigated for testing optimistic for a metabolite of cocaine and was suspended by the ITF 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 last time in 2017.

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

Seles gained eight of her 9 Slams representing Yugoslavia, earlier than successful her last main, the Australian Open in 1996 for the US.

She gained eight titles earlier than she turned 20, however, in 1993, she was the sufferer of an on-court knife assault. Seles returned to the tour in 1995 and gained one other main, however struggled to search out her finest type. She performed her final official tour match on the 2003 French Open, however solely confirmed retirement 5 years later.

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

Austin stays the youngest US Open champion in historical past and added one other in 1981 for a profession two singles Slam titles.

The American struggled with accidents after that and was typically sidelined for lengthy durations.

Austin tried a comeback in 1988 however had a near-fatal highway 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)

A protracted-time nemesis of Serena Williams, having crushed her at Wimbledon 17 years in the past to assert her maiden trophy.

Sharapova went on to win a complete of 5 Slam titles, together with two French Open championships on a floor she famously described herself as being a ‘cow on ice’.

The Russian first turned world primary in 2005, however retired in 2020 after lingering shoulder accidents.

She additionally served a 15-month suspension from the game after failing a medication take a look at after the 2016 Australian Open, to be used of meldonium, which was normally prescribed for coronary heart circumstances and had been placed on the WADA banned substance listing initially of the 12 months.

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 on the time along with her French Open victory.

Two extra Paris triumphs adopted – together with her final Slam in 1998 – and a US Open success in 1994, whereas Sanchez Vicario was runner-up twice within 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.

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

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

Becker is now a daily commentator throughout Wimbledon and was named head of males’s tennis for the German Tennis Federation in 2017.

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.

By the age of 20, Wilander had 4 Slam titles, successful two extra at Roland Garros in 1985 and 1988 and including the US Open and three Australian Opens to his profession haul.

Wimbledon was the one main single’s trophy to elude him, however Wilander did win the lads’s doubles in SW19 with compatriot Joakim Nystrom in 1986.

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

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

Nonetheless lively and nonetheless chasing the elusive twenty fourth Slam title which might draw her degree with Margaret Courtroom, Williams has seen her makes an attempt in recent times thwarted – and didn’t compete on this 12 months’s event.

She gained the US Open in her first last, beating fellow then-teenager Hingis.

She first turned a world primary in 2002, however has been troubled with accidents lately. Her final Slam title got here in 2017, successful the Australian Open.

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 teenager 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 in Seoul and Graf gained 22 main singles titles in her profession.

Following again and knee accidents, Graf introduced her retirement on the age of 30 in 1999, and when she was nonetheless ranked world quantity three on the time.

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

Borg’s breakthrough as a teenage sensation within the mid-Seventies helped propel tennis into the general public consciousness.

The Swede most famously graced the lawns of Wimbledon, changing into the primary male participant to be in six successive finals – surpassed by Roger Federer from 2003-2009 – and ceaselessly remembered for the epic 1980 showpiece in opposition to John McEnroe.

Bjorg gained 11 Slams – six French and 5 at Wimbledon – and 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 didn’t win a set within the first two years.

He did barely higher within the three matches he performed in 1993, at the least successful a set, however misplaced all three matches.

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

Rafael Nadal is the one member of the ‘Huge Three’ comprising himself, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, to win his first Slam title as a teen. He claimed the primary of an unprecedented 13 on the French Open, along with seven at different majors.

Nadal, now 35, has struggled with harm all through his profession, calling time on his 2021 season resulting from a recurring left-foot downside that first precipitated points in his French Open loss within the semi-finals.

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

Youngsters who additionally gained Slams

Essentially the most notable to win just one is the youngest male Slam champion Michael Chang, who gained the French Open in 1989 in opposition to Stefan Edberg, aged 17 years and 110 days.

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.

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.

Aged 19 years and 324 days, success within the 1985 Australian Open last in opposition to fellow Swede Mats Wilander, wasthe first of Stefan Edberg’s six profession Slams.

On the ladies’s aspect, Hana Mandlikova turned the second-youngest feminine participant to win a Grand Slam on the time when she beat Australian Wendy Turnbull within the 1980 Australian Open last. 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. The 36-year-old 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 Grand Slams when she beat Olga Morozova within the 1974 French Open last 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 last.

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

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