Chart: How Serena stacks up against the other Open Era Slam leaders

Serena Williams defeated Caroline Wozniacki in the women’s final of the U.S. Open on Sunday, her 18th career Grand Slam title.

The win puts Serena, 32, in rare company — she’s now tied with Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova for second all-time in women’s singles Grand Slam titles in the Open Era. Steffi Graf leads with 22*.

How is Serena tracking in comparison to those three? The chart below compares the four champions and tracks their ages at each step of the way.

Here are a few pertinent takeaways:

— Only one Slam on the list was won by someone older than Serena is now. That would be Navratilova’s 18th and final Slam win at Wimbledon in 1990. Navratilova made two more Slam finals, including one in 1994, when she was 37.

— Serena has had the widest spread of the group from first to last. She was 17 when she won her first Slam, a 15-year gap from No. 1 to No. 18. Graf got all 22 of hers in between ages 17 and 29. For Evert, the bookends were 19 and 31. For Navratilova, 21 and 33.

— Though Serena won her first well before Evert and Navratilova, both caught up to her in the age race. Evert was faster to every title from No. 7 on. Navratilova was five years slower than Serena to No. 3, but was younger than Serena for Nos. 14-17.

— Interestingly, all four players won their first and last at the same venue. For Graf and Evert, it was the French Open. For Navratilova, Wimbledon. For Serena, the U.S. Open, though obviously she could still add to the list.

— Evert won the most French Opens among the four, with seven. Navratilova owned Wimbledon, winning it nine times. Evert and Serena each have six U.S. Open titles. Serena has the most Australian Open titles (five), though the other three on this list skipped that tournament several times.

Slam title No.
Steffi Graf
Chris Evert
Martina Navratilova
Serena Williams
1
1987 French Open (age 17)
1974 French Open (age 19)
1978 Wimbledon (age 21)
1999 U.S. Open (age 17)
2
1988 Australian Open (18)
1974 Wimbledon (19)
1979 Wimbledon (22)
2002 French Open (20)
3
1988 French Open (18)
1975 French Open (20)
1981 Australian Open (25)
2002 Wimbledon (20)
4
1988 Wimbledon (19)
1975 U.S. Open (20)
1982 French Open (25)
2002 U.S. Open (20)
5
1988 U.S. Open (19)
1976 Wimbledon (21)
1982 Wimbledon (25)
2003 Australian Open (21)
6
1989 Australian Open (19)
1976 U.S. Open (21)
1983 Wimbledon (26)
2003 Wimbledon (21)
7
1989 Wimbledon (20)
1977 U.S. Open (22)
1983 U.S. Open (26)
2005 Australian Open (23)
8
1989 U.S. Open (20)
1978 U.S. Open (23)
1983 Australian Open (27)
2007 Australian Open (25)
9
1990 Australian Open (20)
1979 French Open (24)
1984 French Open (27)
2008 U.S. Open (26)
10
1991 Wimbledon (22)
1980 French Open (25)
1984 Wimbledon (27)
2009 Australian Open (27)
11
1992 Wimbledon (23)
1980 U.S. Open (25)
1984 U.S. Open (27)
2009 Wimbledon (27)
12
1993 French Open (23)
1981 Wimbledon (26)
1985 Wimbledon (28)
2010 Australian Open (28)
13
1993 Wimbledon (24)
1982 U.S. Open (27)
1985 Australian Open (29)
2010 Wimbledon (28)
14
1993 U.S. Open (24)
1982 Australian Open (27)
1986 Wimbledon (29)
2012 Wimbledon (30)
15
1994 Australian Open (24)
1983 French Open (28)
1986 U.S. Open (29)
2012 U.S. Open (30)
16
1995 French Open (25)
1984 Australian Open (29)
1987 Wimbledon (30)
2013 French Open (31)
17
1995 Wimbledon (26)
1985 French Open (30)
1987 U.S. Open (30)
2013 U.S. Open (31)
18
1995 U.S. Open (26)
1986 French Open (31)
1990 Wimbledon (33)
2014 U.S. Open (32)
19
1996 French Open (26)
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20
1996 Wimbledon (27)
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21
1996 U.S. Open (27)
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22
1999 French Open (29)
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