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Stats Corner: 30-Something Slam Winners

Serena Williams is bidding to become the sixth-oldest major champion in the Open Era.

Published September 07, 2012 06:08

Stats Corner: 30-Something Slam Winners
Serena Williams

NEW YORK, NY, USA - It had been 22 years since a player 30 or older had won a major, but then at Wimbledon earlier this summer, Serena Williams ended that drought in becoming the seventh player of the Open Era to accomplish the feat. And with two more wins at the US Open, she would make it two straight Grand Slam titles for 30-somethings.

Here are the 13 instances of victorious 30-somethings at majors:

Major Champ Age
'90 Wimbledon Martina Navratilova 33 yrs, 263 days
'77 Wimbledon Virginia Wade 31 yrs, 357 days
'75 Wimbledon Billie Jean King 31 yrs, 225 days
'86 French Open Chris Evert 31 yrs, 169 days
'73 US Open Margaret Court 31 yrs, 155 days
'87 US Open Martina Navratilova 30 yrs, 331 days
'73 French Open Margaret Court 30 yrs, 322 days
'74 US Open Billie Jean King 30 yrs, 290 days
'12 Wimbledon Serena Williams 30 yrs, 285 days
'69 Wimbledon Ann Jones 30 yrs, 261 days
'87 Wimbledon Martina Navratilova 30 yrs, 260 days
'85 French Open Chris Evert 30 yrs, 170 days
'73 Australian Open Margaret Court 30 yrs, 169 days


Notes: If she goes on to win the US Open title on Saturday, Williams will be 30 years, 348 days old - putting her in sixth place on the above list.

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