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Gallery: The Last 20 French Open Champs

From Monica Seles to Justine Henin and all the way to Li Na, take a walk down memory lane in Paris.

Published April 19, 2012 12:00

Twenty years ago Monica Seles won the French Open, beating Steffi Graf 10-8 third set in the final.
Twenty years ago Monica Seles won the French Open, beating Steffi Graf 10-8 third set in the final.
Steffi Graf twice rallied from a break down in the third to beat Mary Joe Fernandez for the 1993 title.
Steffi Graf twice rallied from a break down in the third to beat Mary Joe Fernandez for the 1993 title.
Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario ended the breakthrough run of Mary Pierce to win the 1994 French Open title.
Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario ended the breakthrough run of Mary Pierce to win the 1994 French Open title.
Steffi Graf beat Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, who was ranked No.1 at the time, to win the 1995 French Open.
Steffi Graf beat Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, who was ranked No.1 at the time, to win the 1995 French Open.
In a repeat Steffi Graf beat Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario in the 1996 final - but this time 10-8 third set.
In a repeat Steffi Graf beat Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario in the 1996 final - but this time 10-8 third set.
Iva Majoli shocked the world by winning the 1997 title and ending Martina Hingis' 37-0 start to the year.
Iva Majoli shocked the world by winning the 1997 title and ending Martina Hingis' 37-0 start to the year.
In an emotional final between two legends, Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario beat Monica Seles for the 1998 title.
In an emotional final between two legends, Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario beat Monica Seles for the 1998 title.
There were even more emotions as Steffi Graf won the 1999 title - her 22nd and final Grand Slam title.
There were even more emotions as Steffi Graf won the 1999 title - her 22nd and final Grand Slam title.
France's Mary Pierce claimed her home Grand Slam title in 2000, beating Conchita Martinez in the final.
France's Mary Pierce claimed her home Grand Slam title in 2000, beating Conchita Martinez in the final.
Jennifer Capriati won a 16 64 1210 thriller over Kim Clijsters to capture the 2001 French Open title.
Jennifer Capriati won a 16 64 1210 thriller over Kim Clijsters to capture the 2001 French Open title.
Serena Williams beat sister Venus Williams for the 2002 title. It was the first leg of her Serena Slam.
Serena Williams beat sister Venus Williams for the 2002 title. It was the first leg of her Serena Slam.
In the first ever all-Belgian Grand Slam final, Justine Henin beat Kim Clijsters for the 2003 title.
In the first ever all-Belgian Grand Slam final, Justine Henin beat Kim Clijsters for the 2003 title.
Anastasia Myskina became Russia's first Grand Slam champion, beating Elena Dementieva in the 2004 final.
Anastasia Myskina became Russia's first Grand Slam champion, beating Elena Dementieva in the 2004 final.
Justine Henin completed a perfect 24-0 clay court season with her second French Open title in 2005.
Justine Henin completed a perfect 24-0 clay court season with her second French Open title in 2005.
Justine Henin successfully defended her French Open title in 2006, beating Svetlana Kuznetsova for it.
Justine Henin successfully defended her French Open title in 2006, beating Svetlana Kuznetsova for it.
Justine Henin became the second player ever to win three straight French Opens in 2007 - Monica Seles too.
Justine Henin became the second player ever to win three straight French Opens in 2007 - Monica Seles too.
Ana Ivanovic emerged at the 2008 French Open, winning her first Grand Slam title and rising to No.1.
Ana Ivanovic emerged at the 2008 French Open, winning her first Grand Slam title and rising to No.1.
Svetlana Kuznetsova added to her 2004 US Open crown with her second Grand Slam title in Paris in 2009.
Svetlana Kuznetsova added to her 2004 US Open crown with her second Grand Slam title in Paris in 2009.
Francesca Schiavone had a fairytale fortnight in 2010, becoming Italy's first Grand Slam champion.
Francesca Schiavone had a fairytale fortnight in 2010, becoming Italy's first Grand Slam champion.
China's Li Na beat Francesca Schiavone to become Asia's first Grand Slam champion at the 2011 French Open.
China's Li Na beat Francesca Schiavone to become Asia's first Grand Slam champion at the 2011 French Open.
  • Twenty years ago Monica Seles won the French Open, beating Steffi Graf 10-8 third set in the final.
  • Steffi Graf twice rallied from a break down in the third to beat Mary Joe Fernandez for the 1993 title.
  • Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario ended the breakthrough run of Mary Pierce to win the 1994 French Open title.
  • Steffi Graf beat Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, who was ranked No.1 at the time, to win the 1995 French Open.
  • In a repeat Steffi Graf beat Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario in the 1996 final - but this time 10-8 third set.
  • Iva Majoli shocked the world by winning the 1997 title and ending Martina Hingis' 37-0 start to the year.
  • In an emotional final between two legends, Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario beat Monica Seles for the 1998 title.
  • There were even more emotions as Steffi Graf won the 1999 title - her 22nd and final Grand Slam title.
  • France's Mary Pierce claimed her home Grand Slam title in 2000, beating Conchita Martinez in the final.
  • Jennifer Capriati won a 16 64 1210 thriller over Kim Clijsters to capture the 2001 French Open title.
  • Serena Williams beat sister Venus Williams for the 2002 title. It was the first leg of her Serena Slam.
  • In the first ever all-Belgian Grand Slam final, Justine Henin beat Kim Clijsters for the 2003 title.
  • Anastasia Myskina became Russia's first Grand Slam champion, beating Elena Dementieva in the 2004 final.
  • Justine Henin completed a perfect 24-0 clay court season with her second French Open title in 2005.
  • Justine Henin successfully defended her French Open title in 2006, beating Svetlana Kuznetsova for it.
  • Justine Henin became the second player ever to win three straight French Opens in 2007 - Monica Seles too.
  • Ana Ivanovic emerged at the 2008 French Open, winning her first Grand Slam title and rising to No.1.
  • Svetlana Kuznetsova added to her 2004 US Open crown with her second Grand Slam title in Paris in 2009.
  • Francesca Schiavone had a fairytale fortnight in 2010, becoming Italy's first Grand Slam champion.
  • China's Li Na beat Francesca Schiavone to become Asia's first Grand Slam champion at the 2011 French Open.
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