What's more impressive? Winning a GS at 16 or 33?
Many people rave about players winning young, but winning late may be rather the more rare accomplishment. Quite a few players have won GS singles titles before age 20. How many have won GS singles titles after age 30?
Leading the pack among the Grande Dames is Martina Navratilova, who won Wimbledon at age 33.
Margaret Court won the Australian Open, AND Roland Garros AND the US Open in 1973, the year she turned 31.
1998 saw 30 year old Jana Novotna (finally) winning Wimbledon.
1999 saw 30 year old Steffi Graf winning Roland Garros (again).
Comparing that list to under 20's is pointless, so let's compare to 17 or younger.
Graf won RG87 at 17
Hingis won OZ97 at 16
Seles won RG90 at 16
Sharapova won WB04 at 17
Serena Williams won US99 at 17
It seems to be harder to win one at 33 than 16. Rather rare occurences either way.
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Last edited by Volcana; Dec 2nd, 2004 at 04:12 AM.