And one final stat that isn’t apparent in the table but is certainly worth mentioning. Serena’s winning percentage in major finals is remarkable — she’s 18-4, 81.8 percent.
The other three women on the list made a lot more finals but didn’t win as frequently. Graf was 22-9, Navratilova was 18-14, and Evert was 18-16. A big part of the reason for that? Those three were contemporaries and beat up on each other. Evert and Navratilova squared off 14 times in Slam finals. Navratilova and Graf tangled six times. Evert and Graf just once.
*Note: Though Margaret Court (24 major titles) and Helen Wills Moody (19) are often included in leader lists, the majority of Court’s and all of Moody’s wins came prior to the Open Era.