Parisian Breakthroughs

Parisian Breakthroughs

From Henin to Halep and Schiavone to Swiatek, these are the last 10 women to join the major winner's club at Roland Garros.

Iga Swiatek (2020)

The 19-year-old Pole announced herself to the world when she flipped the script on Simona Halep in the round of 16 en route to dropping just 28 games (tied for second fewest in event history) for her first tour-level title.

Ashleigh Barty (2019)

Though many predicted her major breakthrough would come at Wimbledon or Down Under, Barty instead became the first Australian woman in 46 years to triumph at Roland Garros. She overwhelmed Marketa Vondrousova, 6-1, 6-3, to complete her fortnight.

Simona Halep (2018)

Entering with a 0-3 record in major finals, Halep flipped the switch by rallying from a set and a break down to edge incoming US Open champion Sloane Stephens, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1.

Jelena Ostapenko (2017)

Yet to win a tour-level singles crown coming into Paris, that all changed when the Latvian surged past Simona Halep, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, in a thrilling final that fell two days after her 20th birthday.

Garbine Muguruza (2016)

In the 2015 Wimbledon final, Serena Williams denied the Spaniard. Less than a year later, Muguruza exacted revenge in posting a 7-5, 6-4 victory over the world No. 1 to join the major winner's circle.

Li Na (2011)

Having finished runner-up at the Australian Open, Li shocked the world when she won her first clay-court crown thanks to wins over Petra Kvitova, Victoria Azarenka, Maria Sharapova and Francesca Schiavone to become the first Asian, woman or man, to take home a major singles trophy.

Francesca Schiavone (2010)

From falling at the first hurdle in 2009 to becoming a major champion: the Italian completed a magical run with a 6-4, 7-6 (2) win over fellow first-time major finalist Samantha Stosur—the woman who sent her packing a year earlier.

Ana Ivanovic (2008)

With the woman she lost to in the previous year's final (Justine Henin) now retired, the Serbian confidently went a step further by defeating Dinara Safina, 6-4, 6-3, in her third major championship match.

Anastasia Myskina (2004)

After saving match point to edge Svetlana Kuznetsova 8-6 in a decider, Myskina did not drop a set in defeating Venus Williams, Jennifer Capriati and Elena Dementieva to become the first Russian woman to lift a major singles crown.

Justine Henin (2003)

The Liege native outclassed countrywoman Kim Clijsters, 6-0, 6-4, to earn her first of four French Open crowns. Both Henin and Clijsters had lost their Grand Slam final debuts in 2001.