French Open: Women's singles fact pack


Having missed out on doing so at the Australian Open, Serena Williams can move level with Steffi Graf for grand slam wins at the French Open.

Here we look at a selection of key facts ahead of the women's singles at Roland Garros.


- The last woman to win successive French Open titles was Justine Henin, (2005, 2006, 2007). 

- Both finals of the last two editions of the women's tournament have been played out over three sets - the previous 12 had been decided in straight sets.

- With another win in Paris this year, Serena Williams would take her title tally at the French Open to four, only two players have won more often in the open era - Chris Evert (7) and Graf (6) - while Henin also won the tournament four times.

- Should she win the French Open title this year, Serena Williams would become the oldest woman to lift the trophy at Roland Garros in the Open era (aged 34).

- Conversely, the youngest winner at Roland Garros in the open era remains Monica Seles, aged 16 years and 6 months old as she lifted the trophy in 1990 (the first of three consecutive titles for her).

- The women's tournament has never been won by a non-seeded player in the Open era, something that has happened three times in the men's tournament: 1982 (Mats Wilander), 1997 (Gustavo Kuerten) and 2004 (Gaston Gaudio).

- One more title would draw Serena Williams level with Graf on 22 grand slam wins. Only Margaret Court (24) has more.

- One more win for a US player would see them win their 200th women's grand slam title (all time).

- Following Flavia Pennetta's win in the US Open in 2015 and Angelique Kerber's win in at the Australian Open, there have not been three successive European grand slam women's champions since 2008 when Justine Henin, Maria Sharapova and Ana Ivanovic won three on the spin.