Earning a Grand Slam is one of tennis’ most prestigious achievements. There are many players who have added plenty of Grand Slams under their belt but there are few who have done it at a very young age. In view of that, in this article, we shall be talking about the 5 Youngest Grand Slam Winners in Tennis History.
List of Top 5 Youngest Grand Slam Winners
#5. Michael Chang (17 Years, 174 Days)
Introducing you to the only man in our list of 5 Youngest Grand Slam Winners. His name is Michael Chang. He may not have accomplished many exploits during his career, but there is one for which he retains the record. That is, being the world’s youngest man to win a Grand Slam. However, in his career, the superb defensive baseliner only won one Grand Slam trophy. In the final of the 1989 French Open, Chang defeated incumbent Wimbledon champion Stefan Edberg in five sets. Thus, he became the world’s youngest male Grand Slam champion.
#4. Maria Sharapova (17 Years, 75 Days)
Whenever we hear a high pitched grunt on the Tennis court, the person who pops up in our mind is Maria Sharapova. Did you know that, in addition to holding the record for the loudest grunt, Sharapova is also one of the youngest players to win a Grand Slam? In the 2004 Wimbledon final, at the early age of 17, the teenager faced two-time defending champion and World No. 1, Serena Williams. She earned her first Grand Slam title by defeating the American 6-1, 6-4. As a result, Ma-Sha’s name will live on in history and in our hearts forever. Her triumph over Williams is also regarded as one of the greatest upsets in tournament history.
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#3. Tracy Austin (16 Years, 270 Days)
Tracy Austin may be unfamiliar to most tennis fans, yet she was once regarded as a tennis prodigy. However, it is reasonable to say that she did bring justice to her moniker as she won the US Open at such a tender age. Quite a feat to accomplish, isn’t it? It wasn’t a simple task for her, as she came up against Martina Navratilova in the semi-finals. However, Austin performed the match admirably, stunning Navratilova and advancing to the finals. As fate would have it, in the finals, her opponent was Chris ‘The Ice Maiden’ Evert. Just when the world thought it was over for Austin, she quiet the naysayers by defeating the fellow American in straight sets to become the youngest US Open champion at the time.
#2. Monica Seles (16 Years, 189 Days)
Few players, if any, were better than Monica Seles between the ages of 16 to 19. Seles was seeded second in the 1990 French Open and had to endure a couple of difficult matches to proceed further. However, she aced those matches with such elegance that she smoothly advanced to the quarterfinals and then to the finals. Steffi Graf, the first seed, stood between Seles and the Roland Garros crown. Despite this, Seles saved four set points in the first set to win 7-6, then 6-4 in the second to earn her first Grand Slam title. She became one of the youngest players to do so in the process, and she eventually proved to be a formidable opponent for Steffi Graf, the Tennis Queen.
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#1. Martina Hingis (16 Years, 177 Days)
This puts us at the top of our ranking of the 5 Youngest Grand Slam Winners. Martina Hingis holds the record for being the youngest Grand Slam winner, male or female. If it wasn’t her, who else would it be? The Swiss defeated former world No. 3 Mary Pierce in the final of the Australian Open in 1997 when she was just 16 years and 117 days old. The teenager’s efficiency en route to her first Grand Slam victory was perhaps the most remarkable element of her triumph. Her achievements, however, knows no limits, as she went on to become the youngest player to ever reach the WTA World No. 1 position. Besides this, she demonstrated to be a fantastic doubles player as well.
|Name||Age||Year||Grand Slam Name|
|Martina Hingis||16 Years, 117 Days||1997||Australian Open|
|Monica Seles||16 Years, 189 Days||1990||French Open|
|Tracy Austin||16 Years, 270 Days||1979||US Open|
|Maria Sharapova||17 Years, 75 Days||2004||Wimbledon Open|
|Michael Chang||17 Years, 174 Days||1989||French Open|
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