2012 Australian Open Belarus' Victoria Azarenka blasted through the 2012 Australian Open draw as the No. 3 seed defeating defending champion Kim Clijsters in the semifinals before meeting No. 2 seed Maria Sharapova in her first Grand Slam final. In what was thought to be a highly contested battle, Sharapova never got her footing and Azrenka dominated to win 6-3, 6-0 in just one hour and 22 minutes.
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1976 Australian Open Aussie Mark Edmondson holds the distinctions of being the lowest-ranked player to win a Slam in the Open era. Edmondson was No. 212 in the world when he defeated No. 1 seeded Ken Rosewall in the semifinals and No. 2 seeded John Newcombe in the final to win his only major. Edmondson reached a career-high singles ranking of No. 15 in 1982.
1976 French Open Now a BBC host (pictured interviewing Andy Murray), England's Sue Barker was ranked as high as No. 3 in the world in 1977 during her playing days. But her claim to fame was a three-set victory over Czechoslovakia's Renata Tomanová to win the 1976 women's singles title at Roland Garros. Back to you, Sue!
1977 French Open Mima Jausovec of Yugoslavia (pictured winning the 2004 35-and-over doubles trophy at Wimbledon) also held another major trophy back in the day. At Roland Garros, Jausovec won the singles title in 1977 and came very close to not making this list reaching the French Open final in 1978 and 1983 as well.
1978 French Open Virginia Ruzici of Romania (pictured at the 1982 Wimbledon Championships) stopped top-seed Mima Jaušovec from repeating her 1977 success at Roland Garros by taking the singles title in 1978. Ruzici, coincidentally, partnered with Jaušovec to win the French Open doubles title that same year.
1978 Australian Open In 1978's Melbourne contest Australia's Chris O'Neil (pictured with Serena Williams) became the first unseeded player in the Open era to win a Grand Slam women's singles title when she beat Betsy Nagelsen 6-3, 7-6. O'Neil was the only unseeded player to win a Slam until Williams won the 2007 Australian Open. Williams was ranked No. 81 in the world at the time.
1983 French Open The iconic Frenchman Yannick Noah was a lot of flash, with occasional shots of substance which he needed to win the 1983 French Open. Noah beat Sweden's Mats Wilander in straight sets at Roland Garros to earn his only Slam title.
1987 Wimbledon Early in 1987, Aussie Pat Cash, known as much for his black and white checkered headbands as for his fierce serve-and-volley style, reached the Australian Open final, but could not overtake Stefan Edberg who won in five sets. But later at Wimbledon, it was finally Cash's turn. He took down Mats Wilander in the quarterfinals and Jimmy Connors in the semifinals before eclipsing World No. 1 Ivan Lendl in the final to earn Wimbledon glory.
1989 French Open When you're 17, seeded 15th and you're up against No. 1 seed Ivan Lendl in the fourth round of the French Open, no one expects you to win. But American Michael Chang, underhand serve and all, found a way past Lendl in a five-set thriller and landed in the final where he defeated No. 3 seed Stefan Edberg in another five sets. While Chang rose to No. 2 in the world and led the US to a Davis Cup in 1990, he would never win another Slam.
1990 French Open American Andre Agassi may have had the better hair (we said "may"), but Ecuador's Andres Gomez clearly had the better game at Roland Garros in 1990. Seeded fourth, Gomez topped Thomas Muster in the semifinals before defeating the young, third-seeded American in the final.
1991 Wimbledon Germany's Michael Stich reached three Slam singles finals during his career, but it was his first final, Wimbledon in 1991, that would earn him a title. However, it wasn't easy. The No. 6 seed Stich had to find a way past fourth-seeded Jim Courier in the quarterfinals, top-seeded Stefan Edberg in the semifinals and finally fellow German and No. 2 seed Boris Becker for the championship. Stich needed just three sets to top Becker for his one and only Slam.
1995 French Open In the summer of 1995 Muster pulled off a most impressive fete winning 40 straight clay-court matches leading up to his only Grand Slam title. Muster defeated American Michael Chang in the final 7-5, 6-2, 6-4.
1996 Wimbledon In 1996, Richard Krajicek of the Netherlands busted up Pete Sampras' amazing run at Wimbledon by winning the singles title. Sampras won the title in 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000. But it was the No. 17 seeded-Krajicek who knocked out Sampras in the quarterfinals in 1996 before crushing unseeded American MaliVai Washington in straight sets to earn his lone Slam title.
1998 Australian Open Now a caddy for his LPGA-playing daughter, you may not exactly remember Petr Korda's 1998 Slam win. But in Melbourne, No. 6 seed Korda cruised through the draw and crushed Marcelo Rios 6-2, 6-2, 6-2 in the final to win his only Slam. The Czech star reached No. 2 in the world in 1996 and finished his career with 10 singles titles.
1998 French Open Spain's Carlos Moya is one of the most decorated of the one-Slam winners group, reaching a world No. 1 ranking in 1999, winning 20 career titles and leading Spain to a Davis Cup in 2004. And in 1998, Moya nabbed a major title at Roland Garros when he defeated tournament favorite Marcelo Rios in the quarters and countryman Alex Corretja in the final.
2001 Wimbledon Goran Ivanisevic seemed destined to be known as he-who-almost-won-Wimbledon, finishing as runner-up to Andre Agassi in 1992 and Pete Sampras in 1994 and 1998. But in 2001, his luck changed after enduring a five-set battle against Aussie Patrick Rafter. Ivanisevic won the match 6–3, 3–6, 6–3, 2–6, 9–7 and was finally able to shake his Wimbledon demons.
2002 Australian Open Sweden's Thomas Johansson, seeded No. 16 in Melbourne, had a fairly easy road to winning the Australian Open, not facing a player seeded above him until the final where he met No. 9 Marat Safin. Johansson needed four sets to win the final and add a Slam title to his resume.
2002 French Open Albert Costa may just be better known for leading Spain (you know, guys like Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer?) to three Davis Cups, but he had game on clay back in the day, too. After not winning a title since 1999, no one saw Costa coming at Roland Garros in 2002 until he knocked off defending champion Gustavo Kuerten in the fourth round. Costa went on to defeat fellow Spaniard and heavy favorite Juan Carlos Ferrero in four sets to earn his only Slam.
Juan Carlos Ferrero
2003 French Open A former world No. 1, Juan Carlos Ferrero reached back-to-back French Open finals before taking home the title in 2003 when he defeated Dutch underdog Martin Verkerk in straight sets. Later that year, Ferrero had a shot at a second title, but lost to another one-Slam man, Andy Roddick, in the US Open final.
2003 US Open Andy Roddick was supposed to win more than one Slam. With the weight of American tennis on his shoulders, Roddick just never quite lived up to expectations. A steady top-10 player for much of his career until he retired following the 2012 US Open, Roddick just never got past the one Slam title. However, he'll always have 2003, where he defeated Spain's Juan Carlos Ferrero in three sets in Flushing Meadows.
2004 French Open In an all-Russian final, Anastasia Myskina defeated Elena Dementieva 6-1, 6-2 to hoist her one and only Slam trophy. Myskina ranked as high as No. 2 in the world in September 2004 only won three career titles, including the 2004 French Open.
2004 French Open In the summer of 2004, Argentina's Gaston Gaudio had a two-week run of good luck, and perhaps good play, and won the French Open. The unseeded Gaudio upset Lleyton Hewitt and fellow Argentines David Nalbandian and Guillermo Coria to earn his one and only Slam.
2008 French Open As the years go on, our hope for another Ana Ivanovic Slam win fades. But in 2008 the modelesque Serbian, seeded No. 2, beat a young Caroline Wozniacki in the third round, Patty Schnyder in the quarters and countrywoman Jelena Jankovic in the semis before meeting a struggling Dinara Safina in the final. Ivanovic beat Safina 6-4, 6-3 to win her one and (so far) only Slam title.
Juan Martin del Potro
2009 US Open When Juan Martin del Potro blasted through the draw and defeated Roger Federer in five sets to win the 2009 US Open, we'd assumed it was the first of several Slam titles for the big-serving Argentine. But after sitting out most of the 2010 campaign to recover from wrist surgery and the solidification of the Big 4 (Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Federer and Andy Murray), it might be pretty tough for del Potro to bust out of the one-Slam group.
2010 French Open In June 2010, the French Open semifinals featured four players all vying for a first Slam title: Jelena Jankovic, Elena Dementieva, Sam Stosur and Francesca Schiavone. But it was Italy's Schiavone who got a pass into the final when Dementieva retired with an injury. Schiavone went on to beat Stosur 6-4, 7-6 (2). She followed it up with an appearance in the 2011 final, but lost to China's Li Na.
2011 French Open China's Li Na began the year defeating Kim Clijsters to win the title in Sydney just a week before the Australian Open. In Melbourne, the ninth-seeded Li would go on to defeat Victoria Azarenka and Caroline Wozniacki before reaching the final against Kim Clijsters. Again. This time, Clijsters got the upper hand to win the Australian Open. Li wouldn't win another match until mid-April, but then came the French Open. In her two-week run in Paris, Li charmed the media with her humor, and she lost only two sets en route to her first Slam title and the first major title won by any Asian player. In 2013, Li reached the Australian Open final once again, but lost in straight sets to Victoria Azarenka.
2011 Wimbledon Odds are pretty good that Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova will not stay on this list for very long, but after defeating Maria Sharapova 6-3, 6-4 in 2011's contest, Kvitova nabbed her first Slam title and thus makes our list.
2011 US Open As is the case with a few others on this list, we're not sure the 2011 US Open title is Sam's last Slam, but, as of right now, it's her only one so she's in this group. The Aussie played tough for two weeks in New York, setting a record for playing the longest tiebreak in Open history in a 6–2, 6–7(15–17), 6–3 victory over Maria Kirilenko. She reached her first US Open semis with a quarterfinal win over Vera Zvonareva. Stosur toppled upstart German Angelique Kerber in the semis to reach the final and face the heavily-favored Serena Williams. But fatigue got to Williams, who got into a spat with the chair umpire, while Stosur stayed on course to win the US Open.