Oldest woman to win a title / major

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  1. Shahar26

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    Anyone know who and at what age was the oldest winner of any title and a grand slam?
     
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    Navratalova won mixed doubles at the US Open last year, don't know about singles..
     
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    Doubles hardly counts, my grandma could cover half a court and she's in a wheelchair.

    I wanna know about Women's singles winners
     
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    Evonne Goolagong won Wimbledon single in 1980 or 1982. She was a mother at the time.
     
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    Thanks guys
     
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    Without disrespecting your grandmother, you've just grossly ignored the physical wonder that is Nav.

    Her level of fitness, her focus and determination at 50 is amazing. Sometimes she found herself playing against players who she could almost conceivably be the grandmother of, it's perhaps unbelievably more impressive than a 37 year old winning in singles in 1908, when tennis was an amateur sport played by the elite.

    She's still the #23 doubles player in the world right now, and she's not playing in 2007. Go figure...
     
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    Don't get me wrong, I have nothing but respect for Navratalova, I was only trying to make a point that playing doubles is much easier for someone older because the space you cover is smaller.

    Also, correct me if I'm wrong, but from what I hear / see singles titles are regarded much higher than any doubles
     
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    hahahhahaha:-D
     
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    Lambert-Chambers was quite old, when she won Wimbledon several times, lost to the young Suzanne Lenglen in 1919. Louise Brough was over 30, when she won Wim the last time.
     
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    Oldest winners of a title during the open era
    Billie Jean King: 39 yrs, 7 mos, 23 days (1983 Birmingham)
    Martina Navratilova: 37 yrs, 4 mos, 2 days (1994 Paris Indoors)
    Margaret Smith Court: 34 yrs, 4 mos, 26 days (1976 Melbourne)

    Youngest winners of a title during the open era
    Tracy Austin: 14 yrs, 0 mos, 28 days (1977 Portand)
    Kathy Rinaldi: 14 yrs, 6 mos, 24 days (1981 Kyoto)
    Andrea Jaeger: 14 yrs, 7 mos, 14 days (1980 Las Vegas)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women's_Tennis_Association#Oldest_winners_of_a_title_during_the_open_era
     
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