Curious about the Wimbledon ladies' champions history? The ladies' singles championships at Wimbledon were introduced in 1884, seven years after the tournament began in 1877. In 1913, ladies' doubles and mixed doubles were added to the Wimbledon championships. In the history of the ladies' events, six women have stood out among the rest of the competition: Elizabeth Ryan, Helen Wills, Billie Jean King, Martina Navratilova and the Williams sisters, Venus and Serena.
Ryan, a native of Anaheim, California, lived in the United Kingdom for much of her life. She won a total of nineteen Wimbledon championships between 1914 and 1934. Twelve of the titles were in ladies' doubles competition and seven were in mixed doubles competition. Although she reached the finals twice, Ryan never won a ladies' singles title.
Wills, born in Centerville, California, won eight Wimbledon ladies' titles between 1927 and 1938. Wills won a total of 31 Grand Slam titles in her career, as well as two gold medals in the 1924 Olympics.
King won twenty Wimbledon championships between 1961 and 1979. The native of Long Beach, California, won six ladies' singles championships, ten ladies' doubles championships and four mixed doubles championships at Wimbledon.
Navratilova, a native of Czechoslovakia who became a U.S. citizen in 1981, won twenty Wimbledon titles from 1976 to 2003. These included nine ladies' singles titles (six of which were consecutive from 1982 to 1987), seven ladies' doubles titles (including four consecutive with Pam Shriver from 1981 to 1984) and four mixed doubles titles (each with a different partner).
The top two women at Wimbledon today are Venus and Serena Williams. Venus is a five-time Wimbledon ladies' singles champ, while Serena has won the title three times. The sisters have combined for four ladies' doubles championships since 2000.
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