The Last 10 Women's French Open Winners

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So, you're wondering who all the recent women's French Open winners are? Let's talk about it!

Live from Paris, France, the highly prestigious French Open begins in late May, making it the second Grand Slam of the year. Over the course of the two weeks of the tournament, the best players from all over the world are challenged by the red clay courts as the summer season begins.

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Though the dynasty of women tennis pros seems to get younger and younger each year, the past winners of this tournament feature some decorated icons as well as some fresh talent who are quickly making a name for themselves.

Here are the most recent winners of the Women’s French Open.

2023: Iga Świątek

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  • Runner Up: Karolína Muchová

Iga Świątek has won the French Open three times in the last four years. At only 22 years old, the Poland native currently ranks number one in the world among female tennis players.

Świątek did not drop a single set in any of the qualifying rounds on her way to the 2023 French Open, where she defeated Karolína Muchová in three sets. This win made Świątek the first women to defend a title in back-to-back years since Justine Henin did it in 2007.

2022: Iga Świątek

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  • Runner Up: Coco Gauff

The 2022 French Open put two young players up against each other in the finals, as Iga Świątek took on Coco Gauff, who was only 18 years old at the time. Świątek only dropped one set in the entire tournament. She defeated Guaff in two sets in the finals, which made her the youngest player to win multiple majors since Maria Shrapova in 2006.

2021: Barbora Krejčíková

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  • Runner Up: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova

With Barbora Krejčíková’s three set victory over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the 2021 French Open Finals, Krejčíková became the first Czech woman to win the tournament since Hana Mandlíková won in 1981. Krejčíková defeated reigning champion, Iga Świątek, in the semifinals to reach the finals. This is currently Krejčíková’s only singles Grand Slam win, though she reached the fourth round of the Wimbledon and quarter finals of the US Open following her French Open win in 2021.

2020: Iga Świątek

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  • Runner Up: Sofia Kenin

The 2020 French Open, which usually begins in late May, was pushed to late September as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Iga Świątek defeated Sofia Kenin in two sets, which was her first major title and first WTA Tour title. She was ranked 54th at the time, and was only 19 years old when she won. Świątek proved to be a master of the clay courts, as she went on to win the French Open again in 2022 and 2023.

2019: Ashleigh Barty

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  • Runner Up: Markéta Vondroušová

Ashleigh Barty’s French Open win in 2019 was her first major title and the first time an Australian woman won a French Open since Margaret Court won in 1973. None of the four of the semi-finalists in the 2019 French Open had ever reached a singles major final before, which made it an exciting event to watch. Barty dominated the finals, beating her opponent, Markéta Vondroušová in two quick sets.

2018: Simona Halep

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  • Runner Up: Sloane Stephens

Leading up to the 2018 French Open, Simona Halep had three runner-up finishes to major titles, including being the runner-up to the French Open the year before. Her win in France in 2018 was her first major win and made her only the second Romanian woman to win a major title. She was seeded first going into the tournament, and despite losing the first set to American opponent, Sloane Stephens in the finals, Halep went on to win the next two sets to win the tournament. 

2017: Jeļena Ostapenko

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  • Runner Up: Simona Halep

With her win in 2017, Jeļena Ostapenko became the first Latvian to not only win the French Open, but to reach the semifinals of the major. Ostapenko entered the tournament unseeded, and had never won a tour-level singles title. She defeated the third-seed Simona Halep in three sets to win the tournament.  

2016: Garbiñe Muguruza

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  • Runner Up: Serena Williams

Garbiñe Muguruza was up against the reigning champion and first-seed, Serena Williams in the 2016 French Open finals. She only lost one set leading up to the finals, where she went on to defeat Williams in two very competitive sets. This was her first major title, and she went on to win the Wimbledon and U.S. Open in the following year.

2015: Serena Williams

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  • Runner Up: Lucie Šafářová

Serena Williams and Lucie Šafářová went back and forth in the 2015 French Open finals, which Williams eventually won in three contentious sets. This was Williams’ third French Open title, and her twentieth major win overall. In the same year, Williams had already won the Australian Open, and would go on to win the Wimbledon a couple of months later.

2014: Maria Sharapova

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  • Runner Up: Simona Halep

Maria Sharapova and Simona Halep’s back-and-forth French Open final was a thrill to watch, as it lasted over three hours with both women giving it their all until the end. Sharapova won in the end, which was her second time winning the French Open, her first being two years prior, and her fifth overall major win. 

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