Serena Williams, Ashleigh Barty, Iga Swiatek, and Other Surprising Women’s Singles Champion at French Open

French Open has been hard to defend especially on the WTA side. Hence there have been many unlikely champions crowned in Paris.

Jelena Ostapenko

47th ranked 19-year-old Jelena Ostapenko defeated World No.3 Simona Halep in the finals of French Open 2017

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Francesca Schiavone 

Francesca Schiavone was the 17th seed when she defeated Samantha Stosur in the finals of 2010 Roland Garros.

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Li Na

Li Na beat defending champion Francesca Schiavone to win her first Grand Slam at the 2011 French Open. En-route to the final she beat the likes of Maria Sharapova, Victoria Azarenka and Petra Kvitova.

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Garbine Muguruza

Garbine Muguruza stunned the defending champion and World No.1 Serena Williams in the finals of the 2016 French Open.

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Iga Swiatek

Iga Swiatek was ranked outside the top 50 and on her way to the title she thrashed the likes of Simona Halep and Sofia Kenin.She is the lowest ranked champion  since the rankings were started in 1975.

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Ashleigh Barty

Eighth seed Ashleigh Barty won her first Grand Slam in her first Grand Slam final at Roland Garros 2019.

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Serena Williams

In 2002, Serena won her first French Open title defeating then four time Grand Slam champ Venus Williams. Venus had a superior head-to-head record of 5-2 at that time.

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