Serena Williams, Roger Federer and the U.S. Open’s Back-to-Back Winners

Roger Federer Won Five U.S. Opens In A Row. Chris Evert Won Four Consecutively.

Roger Federer Won Five U.S. Opens In A Row. Chris Evert Won Four Consecutively.

Serena Williams won her third U.S. Open in a row today in a cakewalk, sending off Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 6-3. It’s Serena’s 6th U.S. Open title and 18th major victory.

Since the Open Era began in 1968, only Chris Evert (amongst women) has won more consecutive championships – four in the mid- to late- 1970’s. Williams, No. 1 in the world, definitely has a shot at matching Evert in 2015.

Seven other ladies have gone straight up back-to-back (two in a row), including Serena’s sis, Venus.

On the men’s side, it’s Roger Federer with more consecutive titles than anyone. Federer hit five in a row between 2004 and 2008. Since then, we’ve had five different winners (Rafael Nadal won twice, but not successively), including 2014. It’s Croatia’s Marin Cilic and Japan’s Kei Nishikori in the Finals tomorrow, both looking for their first Grand Slam win.

More than 10 years into the Open Era, the men saw their first back-to-back winner when John McEnroe took three in a row. Nemesis Ivan Lendl also won three consecutive.

U.S. OPEN BACK-TO-BACK WINNERS (WOMEN)

U.S. OPEN CHAMPION YEARS IN A ROW YEARS DEFEATED IN FINALS
1. Chris Evert 4 1975 Evonne Goolagong Cawley
(USA) 1976 Evonne Goolagong Cawley
1977 Wendy Turnbull
1978 Pam Shriver
2. Serena Williams 3 2012 Victoria Azarenka
(USA) 2013 Victoria Azarenka
2014 Caroline Wozniacki
3. Margaret Court 2 1969 Nancy Richey Gunter
(Australia) 1970 Rosemary Casals
3. Billie Jean King 2 1971 Rosemary Casals
(USA) 1972 Kerry Melville Reid
3. Martina Navratilova 2 1983 Chris Evert
(USA) 1984 Chris Evert
3. Martina Navratilova 2 1986 Helena Suková
(USA) 1987 Steffi Graf
3. Steffi Graf 2 1988 Gabriela Sabatini
(West Germany) 1989 Martina Navratilova
3. Monica Seles 2 1991 Martina Navratilova
(Yugoslavia) 1992 Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
3. Steffi Graf 2 1995 Monica Seles
(Germany) 1996 Monica Seles
3. Venus Williams 2 2000 Lindsay Davenport
(USA) 2001 Serena Williams
3. Kim Clijsters 2 2009 Caroline Wozniacki
(Belgium) 2010 Vera Zvonareva

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U.S. OPEN BACK-TO-BACK WINNERS (MEN)

U.S. OPEN CHAMPION YEARS IN A ROW YEARS DEFEATED IN FINALS
1. Roger Federer 5 2004 Lleyton Hewitt
(Switzerland) 2005 Andre Agassi
2006 Andy Roddick
2007 Novak Djokovic
2008 Andy Murray
2. Ivan Lendl 3 1985 John McEnroe
(Czechoslovakia) 1986 Miloslav Mecír
1987 Mats Wilander
2. John McEnroe 3 1979 Vitas Gerulaitis
(USA) 1980 Björn Borg
1981 Björn Borg
4. Jimmy Connors 2 1982 Ivan Lendl
(USA) 1983 Ivan Lendl
4. Stefan Edberg 2 1991 Jim Courier
(Sweden) 1992 Pete Sampras
4. Pete Sampras 2 1995 Andre Agassi
(USA) 1996 Michael Chang
4. Patrick Rafter 2 1997 Greg Rusedski
(Australia) 1998 Mark Philippoussis

Photos: topbet.eu / thedailyhatch.org

Posted on September 7, 2014, in Tennis and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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