Top 15 longest winning streaks in Women’s Tennis

Find out the 15 longest winning streaks in Women's Tennis recorded by the finest champions of the sport.


Top 15 longest winning streaks in Women’s Tennis

Players with the longest winning streaks in Women's tennis (via FS)

Tennis is undoubtedly one of the most popular global sports, spanning various continents and surfaces throughout the season. Mastering tennis requires not only skill but also adaptability, as tournaments are held on different surfaces ranging from outdoor hard courts to indoor hardcourts, clay courts, and grass courts.

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The tennis calendar is packed with events, often scheduled back-to-back, leaving players with limited time to prepare for the transition between surfaces. Despite these obstacles, the sport has witnessed remarkable winning streaks achieved by some of the finest women players in history. These streaks require a combination of focus, determination, hard work, and, undoubtedly, a bit of luck.

Throughout Tennis history, several women have written their names in record books with their historic winning streaks, some of which remain unmatched to this day. These streaks serve as a testament to the extraordinary talent and resilience of the athletes who have graced the sport of tennis.

Top 15 longest winning streaks in Women’s Tennis

Over the years a handful of tennis superstars have recorded fantastic winning streaks in the sport. Today we take a look at the 15 longest winning streaks in Women’s tennis and the stars who laid the landmarks.

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15. Serena Williams – 34

Tennis superstar Serena Williams‘ remarkable 34-match winning streak during the 2013 season solidifies her place among tennis legends. The streak began at the Miami Open and extended through several tournaments, showcasing her dominance on the court.

Serena Williams
Serena Williams with the 2013 French Open title (via Imago)

With an impressive record of 78 wins and only 4 losses for the season, Serena was widely considered the favorite for a successful title defense at Wimbledon.

Unfortunately, Serena’s quest for a sixth Wimbledon title was halted in the fourth round by Sabine Lisicki, marking the end of her extraordinary streak. Despite falling just one match short of matching her sister Venus’s record, Serena’s performance throughout the season was one of the best induvial campaigns in the modern era.

14. Venus Williams – 35

Venus Williams holds the record for the longest winning streak in the 21st century, with an impressive 35 consecutive victories. Her streak lasted from the 2002 Wimbledon tournament to the 2002 Linz Open.

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Venus Williams has the longest winning streak in the modern era of women's tennis
Venus Williams (via Imago)

During this remarkable run, she won prestigious titles such as Wimbledon, the US Open, and an Olympic Gold Medal in singles, as well as Wimbledon and Olympic Gold in doubles alongside her sister Serena. Her streak finally ended with a loss in the finals of the Linz Open to Lindsay Davenport.

13. Monica Seles – 36

At the age of 16, Monica Seles went on a remarkable 36-match unbeaten streak. This extraordinary run saw her claim victory in 6 tournaments, including the 1990 French Open, where she became the youngest champion in Grand Slam history—a record that still stands today.

Monica Seles
Monica Seles (via Grass and Court)

Seles’ streak was eventually halted in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon that same year. Nonetheless, her dominant performance during this period solidified her status as a new force to be reckoned with in the world of tennis. However, her confrontational attitude often drew criticism, and she was considered one of the more controversial figures in the women’s tennis circuit.

12. Iga Swiatek – 37

Iga Swiatek made history in the 21st century by becoming the first woman to win 36 consecutive matches. Her impressive streak began at the 2022 Qatar Open in Doha and culminated in the 3rd round of the 2022 Wimbledon Championships, where she was defeated by Alize Cornet.

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Iga Swiatek with her 2022 French Open trophy
Iga Swiatek with her 2022 French Open trophy (via open source)

Throughout this remarkable run, Swiatek claimed an impressive array of titles, including one Grand Slam victory at the French Open in Paris, four WTA-1000 titles in Qatar, Indian Wells, Miami, and Rome, as well as the WTA-500 Stuttgart Open on Clay.

11. Martina Hingis – 37

Former World No. 1 and 5-time Grand Slam champion Martina Hingis won 37 matches on the trot during the 1997 season with her streak starting in Australia and ending in the finals of the 1997 French Open where Iva Majoli defeated her in straight-sets.

Venus Williams and Martina Hingis after the 1997 US Open finals
Venus Williams and Martina Hingis after the 1997 US Open finals (via BFrames Vault)

It was the only loss in Grand Slams in the year for Hingis who won all 3 majors that season with only the Roland Garros eluding her, a brilliant season that she had before turning 17 years old.

10. Martina Navratilova – 41

Martina Navratilova‘s sensational campaign during the 1982 season, saw her record a winning streak of 41 games. Her impressive streak was halted in the quarter-finals of the 1982 US Open when she was defeated by Pam Shriver.

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Martina Navratilova (via Grass and Court)

This defeat prevented Navratilova from surpassing Chris Evert’s record, as Evert had achieved a similar feat six seasons earlier, with her streak also being ended by Navratilova herself.

9. Chris Evert – 41

Chris Evert achieved an extraordinary feat by embarking on a 41-match winning streak, which began during the 1975 season.

Chris Evert
Tennis icon Chris Evert (via Imago)

Evert continued her dominant form into the following year, 1976, before her streak was finally halted by Martina Navratilova in Houston.

8. Steffi Graf – 45

Steffi Graf‘s remarkable run began in the 1987 season, where she won an incredible 45 consecutive matches. Her dominance was particularly evident during the clay season.

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Steffi Graf (via Grass and Court)

However, this remarkable streak came to an end in the Wimbledon finals of that year, when she was defeated by Martina Navratilova, who secured her penultimate Wimbledon title.

7. Steffi Graf – 46

Steffi Graf’s second entry on the list is thanks to her remarkable 46-match unbeaten streak during her Golden Slam year in 1988, where she won all four major tournaments and an Olympic gold medal.

Steffi Graf Olympic Medal
Graf in 1988 remains the only person in tennis history to have won the Golden Slam (via BFrames Vault)

Unfortunately, this impressive streak came to an end in the Virginia Slims Championships of that year, when Pam Shriver halted Graf’s momentum, preventing her from extending the streak further towards a 50-match unbeaten run.

6. Martina Navratilova – 54

Martina Navratilova’s dominance in the 1980s is well-remembered, and her winning streaks are a significant part of her legacy during that era. Her third remarkable streak occurred during the 1983 and 1984 seasons when she amassed an impressive 50 consecutive wins.

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Martina Navratilova has one of the longest winning streaks in women's tennis history
Martina Navratilova (via WTA)

However, her streak came to an end in January 1984 when she was defeated by Hana Mandlikova in the finals of the Oklahoma tournament, preventing her from equaling Evert’s record of 55 consecutive wins.

5. Chris Evert – 55

American tennis legend Chris Evert came really close to breaking Margaret Court’s record of 57 consecutive wins during the 1974 season. However, her streak was halted in the semi-finals of the 1974 US Open by Margaret’s compatriot, Evonne Goolagong Cawley.

Chris Evert has one of the longest winning streaks in women's tennis history
Tennis icon Chris Evert (via open source)

Despite falling short of Court’s record, Evert’s streak marked the first time she achieved more than 40 consecutive wins, a feat she would later replicate in her career.

4. Margaret Court – 57

Australian tennis legend Margaret Court, widely regarded as the greatest Grand Slam champion of all time, achieved a remarkable milestone by winning 57 consecutive matches. This historic streak, the first to reach 50 matches, came to an end in Indianapolis in 1972 when Court was defeated by Billie Jean King.

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Margaret Court - Top 15 longest winning streaks in Women's Tennis
Margaret Court (via BFrames Vault)

Court’s record-setting streak remained unbroken for more than a decade until Martina Navratilova surpassed it in 1984-85.

3. Martina Navratilova – 58

Martina Navratilova’s dominance in tennis is showcased once more with her appearance on the list for the 1986 and 1987 seasons. Starting in 1986, Navratilova’s remarkable streak showed her brilliance and superiority on the court.

Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova (via Imago)

However, it came to an end in the finals of the 1987 Australian Open when Hana Mandlikova defeated Navratilova, preventing her from securing her fourth Australian Open title.

2. Steffi Graf – 66

Steffi Graf has one of the longest winning streaks in women's tennis history
Steffi Graf (via Grass and Court)

22-time Grand Slam champion Steffi Graf, the only player to win all 4 Grand Slam titles and the Olympics Gold in the same year (1988) features second on the list for the longest winning streak.

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The German went undefeated in 66 matches with the streak starting mid-way in the 1989 season and the streak extended to the 1990 season until she was defeated by Monica Seles in the finals of German Open in Berlin.

1. Martina Navratilova – 74

18-time singles Grand Slam champion Martina Navratilova holds the record for the longest winning streak in women’s tennis with the Czechoslovakian turned American player winning 74 consecutive matches.

Martina Navratilova has the longest winning streak in women's tennis
Martina Navratilova (via Imago)

Her 74-game winning streak started in February at the 1984 U.S. Indoor Championships and was snapped with a semi-final loss to Helena Suková in the 1986 Australian Open in December.

FAQs

Q. Who has the longest winning streak in Women’s tennis?

Martina Navratilova has the longest winning streak in Women’s tennis of 74 games.

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Q. What is Serena William’s longest winning streak?

Serena Williams’ longest winning streak was 34 games in 2013.

Q. Who has the longest winning streak in Women’s tennis 2000?

Venus Williams has the longest winning streak in Women’s tennis since 2000.

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