Most Australian Open Women's Singles Wins Tennis List Ranked
Which women’s tennis players have the most Australian Open Singles Championships Wins in the Open Era?
- Margaret Court - 11 (All-Time) 7 Wins (Amateur Era) 4 Wins (Open Era)
- Serena Williams - 7 Wins
- Evonne Goolagong - 4 Wins
- Steffi Graf - 4 Wins
- Monica Seles - 4 Wins
- Martina Hingis - 3 Wins
- Martina Navratilova - 3 Wins
- Chris Evert - 2 Wins
- Victoria Azarenka - 2 Wins
- Jennifer Capriati - 2 Wins
- Hana Mandlíková - 2 Wins
- Naomi Osaka - 2 Wins
1. Margaret Court
The greatest track record of any woman to set foot at the Australian Open is undoubtedly Margaret Court. In 1960, she played and won her first title at the tournament against Jan Lehane O’Neill in straight sets. For the next three years, she defended her title against O’Neill and handily won each time. Until 1966, she continued this winning streak. After three years, Court returned to the 1969 finals and won her first Open Era title against Billie Jean King. She would win three more after that, her last against Evonne Goolagong in 1974. With 11 total wins, Court retired and remains the record holder for most Australian Open Women’s Singles wins.
2. Serena Williams
As arguably the greatest female tennis player of all time, Serena Williams has made her mark on the Australian Open. In 2002, she won her first title there against her sister Venus Williams in three arduous sets. She won again in 2005 against Lindsay Davenport, 2007 against Maria Sharapova, 2009 against Dinara Safina, and 2010 against Justine Henin. After five years of success in other Grand Slams, Williams returned to the Australian Open finals and won against Maria Sharapova in straight sets. In 2017, Serena won a seventh Australian Open against her sister Venus, making her the women’s singles player with the second-most wins in the history of the tournament.
3. Evonne Goolagong
After three years of success at other Grand Slam tournaments, Evonne Goolagong won her first Australian Open in 1974 against Chris Evert. The next year, she successfully defended her title against Martina Navratilova in straight sets. In 1976, she then defended it again against Renáta Tomanová. A year later, she won her final Australian Open win against Helen Gourlay Cawley in two sets of 6-3, 6-0. With four total wins, Goolagong retired as the first Indigenous Australian to win the Australian Open as well as tied for the third-most wins in the tournament’s history.
4. Steffi Graf
Steffi Graf played and won her first Australian Open final in 1988 against Chris Evert in straight sets of 6-1, 7-6. The next year, she successfully defended her title against Helena Suková, again in straight sets. In 1990, she completed the same feat against Mary Joe Fernández. After a few years of wins nowhere but Wimbledon, Graf returned to the Australian Open finals and narrowly lost against Monica Seles in three tough bouts. In 1994, she returned and won her fourth and final win against Arantxa Sánchez Vicario in a remarkable 6-0, 6-2 double set.
5. Monica Seles
In 1991, Monica Seles won her first Australian Open against Jana Novotná in three contentious sets of 5-7, 6-3, 6-1. The following year, she successfully defended her title against Mary Joe Fernández in straight sets. In 1993, she narrowly defended her title a third time against Steffi Graf in three sets of 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. After three years of almost no Grand Slam finals or wins, Seles won the 1996 Australian Open against Anke Huber in straight sets. With four wins under her belt, she retired a few years later and was thus tied with Graf and Goolagong for the third most Australian Open Women’s Singles wins.
6. Martina Hingis
In her first-ever Grand Slam final appearance, Martina Hingis won the 1997 Australian Open against Mary Pierce in clean sets of 6-2, 6-2. The following year, she defended her title and won against Conchita Martínez in two straight sets of 6-3, 6-3. In 1999, Hingis won a third and last time against Amélie Mauresmo, again in two near-perfect sets. Though she made it to the finals three more times, she never won again. Regardless, Martina Hingis spent six years dazzling the Australian Open crowds with outstanding performances and retired with pride.
7. Martina Navratilova
Six years after her 1975 defeat by Evonne Goolagong, Martina Navratilova came back to the Australian Open and won her first championship there against Chris Evert in three long sets. The next year, she failed to win the title back and lost to Evert. In 1983, Navratilova not only won against Kathy Jordan in two sets, but she became the seventh woman to complete a Career Grand Slam by winning all four Grand Slam tournaments in a single year. Two years later, she won her third and last Australian Open title against Chris Evert.
8. Chris Evert
In 1974, Chris Evert played her first Australian Open final match against Evonne Goolagong and lost 6-7, 6-4, 0-6. Nearly a decade later, she returned for her second chance with thirteen other Grand Slam titles already under her belt. In the match, she played Martina Navratilova and beat her in three contentious sets. In 1984, she gained her second and last win against Helena Suková in three sets of 6-7, 6-3, 6-1. Five years later, Evert retired with no further Australian Open wins but the most Grand Slam wins of any female tennis player.
9. Victoria Azarenka
Victoria Azarenka made her mark first on the tennis world first as a doubles player, even winning two Grand Slam tournaments in 2007 and 2008. About five years later, she played her first Grand Slam as a singles player at the Australian Open. In two straight sets (6-3, 6-0) against Maria Sharapova, she won. The following year, she returned to successfully defend her title against Li Na in three hard-earned sets of 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. Though it would be seven years before she played in another Grand Slam final, Azarenka had already made her name renowned with four total career wins, two of those at the Australian Open.
10. Jennifer Capriati
Due to the extremely young age at which she entered the professional circuit, her two Grand Slam wins as a doubles partner, and an Olympic gold medal, Jennifer Capriati was already internationally known by the time she played in her first Australian Open final. In 2001, she won her first finals match there against Martina Hingis in two straight sets (6-4, 6-3). After a French Open win, Capriati returned and successfully defended her title against Higgins once again but in a rougher three sets (4-6, 7-6, 6-2). Despite winning all three of the Grand Slam finals in which she participated, Capriati was forced to retire early due to injuries in 2004.
11. Hana Mandlíková
After losing her first US Open to Chris Evert, Hana Mandlíková played her first Australian Open in 1980 against Wendy Turnbull and won 6-0, 7-5. Despite several almost wins at other Grand Slam tournaments (and one win at the French Open), it took another seven years before she played another Australian Open finals match. In 1987, Mandlíková played Martina Navratilova and won her second Australian Open women’s singles title in two close sets of 7-5, 7-6. Though she never played another Grand Slam final as a singles player, she turned to the doubles circuit and won one last major title with Navratilova as her partner.
12. Naomi Osaka
Fresh off a legendary win against Serena Williams at the US Open, Naomi Osaka played her first Australian Open final in 2019 against Petra Kvitová and won in three long sets (7-6, 5-7, 6-4). After another US Open win, she then returned to the Australian Open in 2021 and won a second title against Jennifer Brady in two straight sets (6-4, 6-3). Though she was eliminated in the third round of the next year’s tournament, Osaka is still a young and active player who has already made her mark on the history of the Australian Open.