Top 10 Wimbledon champions

dshirley@macon.comJuly 9, 2013 

1. Martina Navratilova: After winning her first Wimbledon title in 1978, she added another the next year. She then won six straight from 1982-87 and finished with her ninth singles title in 1990.

2. Pete Sampras: He won three straight titles twice – 1993-95 and 1997-99 – before securing his final one in 2000 to finish with seven.

3. Roger Federer: Five straight titles from 2003-2007 put Federer on the map and he matched Sampras with seven by winning in 2009 and 2012.

4. Steffi Graf: After stopping Navratilova’s dominant run with her first title in 1988, Graf won again the next year and then won five times in six years from 1991-96 to finish with seven.

5. Bjorn Borg: The Swede won five straight years starting in 1976 and pretty much disappeared from men’s tennis after winning his final French Open title in 1981.

6. Venus Williams: The elder Williams sister won in consecutive years in 2000 and 2001 and added three more in 2005, 2007 and 2008.

7. Serena Williams: After her sister’s consecutive wins in 2000 and 2001, the younger Williams matched her with back-to-back wins in 2002-2003 and also won in 2009, 2010 and 2012.

8. Billie Jean King: King has six Wimbledon singles titles overall, but two came before the Open era. She won the first Wimbledon of the Open era in 1968 and the won in 1972, 1973 and 1975.

9. John McEnroe: If not for Borg, McEnroe would have won a couple more Wimbledon crowns, but he finished with three: 1981, 1983, 1984.

10. Chris Evert: America’s sweetheart won in 1974 and 1976 and then again in 1981, but she had the unfortunate luck of playing at the time of Navratilova’s dominant run.

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