Past Winners of the US Open Women’s Tennis Championship

Every year, the US Open draws thousands of tennis fans to New York for the greatest summer spectacular. The women’s tennis championship starts with 128 players competing for the final 16 spots in the main draw. Only one player takes home the trophy. While we gear up for the 2022 US Open, which takes place August 29 to September 11, let’s take a look back at the past 10 winners of the US Open Women’s Tennis Championship who got to raise the trophy at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

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Women’s US Open Tennis Champions

2021 Winner: Emma Raducanu

It was a battle between teenage upstarts Emma Raducanu and Leylah Fernandez at the 2021 US Open. British qualifier Raducanu defeated Fernandez in the final, 6-4, 6-3, to win her first Grand Slam title.

 

2020 Winner: Naomi Osaka

Japan’s Naomi Osaka won her second US Open singles title in just three years at the 2020 US Open, defeating Victoria Azarenka 1-6, 6-3, 6-3. Osaka also became the first woman since Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario in 1994 to win the US Open after dropping the first set.

 

2019 Winner: Bianca Andreescu

Canadian tennis player Bianca Andreescu won her first Grand Slam trophy at the 2019 US Open. She defeated 23-time winner Serena Williams 6-3, 7-5.

 

2018 Winner: Naomi Osaka

In a breakout performance at the 2018 US Open, Naomi Osaka defeated Serena Williams 6-2, 6-4 to become Japan’s first-ever tennis player to win a Grand Slam singles title. Had Williams won the title, she would have tied Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles.

 

2017 Winner: Sloane Stephens

At the 2017 US Open, unseeded Sloan Stephens prevailed over Madison Keys in the first all-American women’s singles championship since the Williams sisters went head-to-head in 2002. During just one hour of play, Stephens defeated Keys 6-3, 6-0.

 

2016 Winner: Angelique Kerber

German tennis player Angelique Kerber defeated Karolína Plíšková 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 to earn her second major singles title. Kerber, who won the Australian Open that same year, became the first player to win bouth hard court majors in the same year since Martina Hingis in 1997.

 

2015 Winner: Flavia Pennetta

Italy’s Flavia Pennetta beat fellow Italian, and her childhood friend, Roberta Vinci 7-6 (4), 6-2 for her first Grand Slam championship title. At age 34, Pennetta became the oldest first-time Grand Slam champion in the US Open. Shortly after her win, Pennetta announced she would retire from tennis.

 

2014 Winner: Serena Williams

At the 2014 US Open, No. 1 seed Serena Williams defeated No. 10 Caroline Wozniacki  6–3, 6–3 for her third consecutive and sixth overall women’s singles title. This win also marked the 18th Grand Slam singles title for Williams.

 

2013 Winner: Serena Williams

Defending champion Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka met again at the 2013 US Open. Williams defeated Azarenka 7-5, 6-7, 6-1 in a rematch of the previous year’s final.

 

2012 Winner: Serena Williams

Serena Williams earned her 15th career Grand Slam singles title at the 2012 US Open, beating No. 1 Victoria Azarenka 6-2, 2-6, 7-5. It was the first time since 1995 that the final went to three sets.

 

Previous Women’s Winners

YearChampionRunner-upFinal Score
2021Emma RaducanuLeylah Fernandez6–4, 6–3
2020Naomi OsakaVictoria Azarenka1–6, 6–3, 6–3
2019Bianca AndreescuSerena Williams6–3, 7–5
2018Naomi OsakaSerena Williams6–2, 6–4
2017Sloane StephensMadison Keys6–3, 6–0
2016Angelique KerberKarolína Plíšková6–3, 4–6, 6–4
2015Flavia PennettaRoberta Vinci7–6, 6–2
2014Serena WilliamsCaroline Wozniacki6–3, 6–3
2013Serena WilliamsVictoria Azarenka7–5, 6–7, 6–1
2012Serena WilliamsVictoria Azarenka6–2, 2–6, 7–5
2011Samantha StosurSerena Williams6–2, 6–3
2010Kim ClijstersVera Zvonareva6–2, 6–1
2009Kim ClijstersCaroline Wozniacki7–5, 6–3
2008Serena WilliamsJelena Janković6–4, 7–5
2007Justine HeninSvetlana Kuznetsova6–1, 6–3
2006Maria SharapovaJustine Henin6–4, 6–4
2005Kim ClijstersMary Pierce6–3, 6–1
2004Svetlana KuznetsovaElena Dementieva6–3, 7–5
2003Justine HeninKim Clijsters7–5, 6–1
2002Serena WilliamsVenus Williams6–4, 6–3
2001Venus WilliamsSerena Williams6–2, 6–4
2000Venus WilliamsLindsay Davenport6–4, 7–5
1999Serena WilliamsMartina Hingis6–3, 7–6
1998Lindsay DavenportMartina Hingis6–3, 7–5
1997Martina HingisVenus Williams6–0, 6–4

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