The French Open is the 2nd Grand Slam of every regular tennis season. It is the only major to be played on the clay courts. The slow nature of the red dirt makes Roland Garros the hardest and trickiest of all 4 slams to win. Many great WTA female tennis players have been successful at the other 3 slams but couldn’t translate that success in Paris. We go down the memory lane to find out the best women’s tennis players who could never be champions at Roland Garros.
Venus Williams: Pro Players Who Didn’t Win A French Open Title
The elder of the famous Williams siblings, Venus has been one exceptional fast court female tennis player. She has won 7 singles Grand Slam titles in her 26-year long career so far. Venus however has never succeeded in winning the French Open in the singles category. Her best singles result at Roland Garros has been in 2002 when she reached the finals but was beaten by her younger sister Serena. Venus could never reach the finals in Paris again in singles.
The former world number 1 has however won the French Open twice in doubles and once in mixed doubles. Venus has been one of the most consistent and determined female tennis players on the WTA tour. Her supreme fitness and longevity make the American a true tennis inspiration for young players.
Martina Hingis: Pro Players Who Didn’t Win A French Open Title
The Swiss starlet was one of the most naturally gifted female tennis players in the game. Hingis showed great talent since her teens as she won all the other 3 Grand Slams as a 16-year-old in 1997. Hingis did reach the French Open final also that year only to be beaten by Croatian Iva Majoli. She again reached the finals of Roland Garros in 1999 but again lost, this time to Germany’s Steffi Graf.
Frequent injury issues restricted Martina’s participation in the single matches. She concentrated more on doubles and mixed doubles matches. The Swiss succeeded in winning the French Open titles in both these categories. Hingis retired in 2017 as one of the most successful female tennis players to grace the court. Martina was also inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in the year 2013.
The American female tennis player was among the best of the WTA tour in the 1990s. She became the world number 1 and also won 55 WTA singles titles. Davenport was also never successful at the French Open singles championships. Her best showing at Roland Garros was the semi-final appearance in 1998. She lost the match to the eventual title winner Arantxa Sanchez of Spain. Davenport never got so close to the singles title at Roland Garros.
The Belgian who was one of the grittiest female tennis players won 3 Grand Slam singles titles in her career. Clijsters reached the French Open finals twice in her career in 2003 and 2011. However, on both occasions, she finished runner-up. She retired from the game in 2012 but has come back in 2020. Clijsters might thus make one last effort to win the elusive Roland Garros trophy. She has already won 41 singles titles in her career.