Finally, it has happened to me, and I feel so excited! (Slam winners after multiple runners)
Won major on 7th attempt
Simone Mathieu would have understood Tonya Harding trying to take out Nancy Kerrigan. Her rival and bete noir Hilde Sperling was a human backboard, easily beating Mathieu in the 1935, 1936, and 1936 French finals. In fact Simone only beat Sperling once.
So when Sperling failed to defend her title in 1938 one can imagine Mathieu doing a dance of joy. The mother of at least two children, she conquered a much weakend field in 1938 and repeated as champion in 1938.
Won major in 6th final
Esna Boyd won the 1927 Australian Championships. It was anything but routine, considering she had lost 5 consecutive finals from 1922 to 1926! She lost her crown in 1928 for a 1-6 record in Aussie finals.
Won major in 5th final
Kim Clijsters (0-4 in finals, won 2005 US Open to finish 4-4 in slam singles finals)
Doris Hart (0-4 in finals, won 1949 Australian to finish 6-6 in slam singles finals)
Doris was a perennial runnerup. Not only did she fail to win a singles final until her 5th, the American with the gimpy looking leg was 0-11 in all finals (singles, doubles, and mixed) until Wimbledon 1947. Hart would at last win the US singles crown in 1954-after losing 5 finals.
Helen Jacobs (0-4 in finals, won 1932 US to finish 5-11 in slam singles finals) was the 1932 US champion after dropping her previous 4 slam finals in singles. She had similar troubles securing a Wimbledon trophy. After being a runner up in 1929, 1932, and 1934 she was at match point vs bitter enemy Helen Wills Moody in the 1935 final. Mrs Moody sent up a weak lob on match point. Jacobs let in bounce. The ball failed to sit up for a comfortable smash, Jacobs missed it, and the crowd gasped in horror. Wills ran out the match at 7-5 in the third and for once smiled on winning. Jacobs diary entry that day reads, "Lost to that bitch."
Jacobs won the 1936 Wimbledon final in a 3 set nailbiter over Hilde Sperling.
Wills won their last final at Wimbledon in 1938 when Jacobs was injured. Jacobs was 1-7 vs Wills in grand slam finals.
Last edited by Rollo; Jan 29th, 2018 at 12:41 AM.