Wimbledon has seen thousands of hopefuls come and go, but some have left their indelible mark on its grass courts. Swiss sensation Roger Federer and American legend Pete Sampras are tied for the most number of men's singles wins in the open era (after 1968) with an impressive seven titles each.
But trust a woman to raise the stakes. Czech-born US citizen Martina Navratilova won the women's singles title at Wimbledon a whopping eight times. Dubbed one of the greatest singles, doubles and mixed doubles players ever by fellow tennis great Billie Jean King (a six-time winner), Navratilova still looks impressively fit today.
The dominance of German players in the 80s was evident from Steffi Graf's (a seven-time winner herself) and compatriot Boris Becker's (a three-time winner) joint wins in 1989. Others are imprinted in collective memory for reasons beyond their tennis chops. Think Swede Bjorn Bjorg (a five-time winner), whose classic headband and flowing locks defined late 70s tennis chic.
And finally, the new millenium brought a dose of hard-hitting athleticism with the dominance of the Williams' sisters — Venus and Serena — who, between them, have won 10 women's singles titles and five women's doubles. Talk about keeping it in the family.
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