The organization of the US Open 2020 has long been troubled because of the global Covid-19 pandemic that has plagued the world, and the USA very severely. This year between safety protocols and very important absences, such as that of Rafael Nadal, the New York Slam will experience one of the most atypical seasons of its long history.
And talking of history, there are tennis players whose names will be inextricably linked to the history of the New York Slam. These players have marked the women's singles from the origins of the tournament in Newport, when the played on grass-courts, to our days on the hard-courts of Flushing Meadows.
They did it by winning epic matches and conquering the love and support of fans and the crowd. Ellen Hansell was the first winner of the women's tournament, in 1887. In the first years of life the tournament experienced many winners, including Juliette Atkinson (3 titles) and Elizabeth Moore (4 titles), but the golden period came first, during and after the First World War, when Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman (4 titles), Mary Browne (3 titles), Molla Bjurstedt Mallory (8 titles, record) and Helen Wills Moody (7 titles) dominated the tournament for a period of 21 years!
From '30s to date: from Billie Jean King to the Williams Sisters
In the 1930s Helen Hull Jacobs (4 titles) preceded the victory of Anita Lizana; the Chilean was the first Latin-American player to win a Grand Slam in women's singles.
between the late '30s and the end of the' 50s, other great women's tennis stars emerged, who wrote pages of important history at the US Open: Alice Marble (4 titles), Pauline Betz (4 titles), Margaret Osborne duPont (3 titles, but she is the most successful US Open player ever with 25 global titles!), Maureen Connolly (3 titles) and Doris Hart (2 titles).
Maria Bueno (4 titles), witnessed the rise of Margaret Smith (5 titles) and Billie Jean King (4 titles), who challenged each other in a heated rivalry. Rivalry between the '70s and' 80s that saw Martina Navratilova (4 titles) and Chris Evert (6 titles) as protagonists.
Between the 80s and the 90s the protagonists at Flushing Meadows were Steffi Graf (5 titles) and Monica Seles (2 titles). With the new millennium the stars were 8and some still are!) Serena and Venus Williams (respectively with 6 and 2 titles), Kim Clijisters (3 titles), Justin Henin (2 titles) and Maria Sharapova.
In the last 4 years there has always been a surprising winner; Flavia Pennetta, Angelique Kerber, Sloane Stephens and Naomi Osaka.