What was the shortest-ever Grand Slam singles tennis final?
Many of the records relating to the shortest-ever Grand Slam singles tennis final in history were established well before the so-called ‘Open Era’, which began in April, 1968. Consequently, timings tend to be a little ‘hit-or-miss’ so, as a reference point, let’s start with the altogether one-sided ladies’ single final at the French Open in 1988. On that occasion, Steffi Graff took just 32 minutes – split into two sessions, of nine minutes and 23 minutes apiece – to defeat Natasha Zvereva 6-0, 6-0. I’d had sessions on meilleurs jeux au casino that have lasted longer than that. Sacré bleu!
However, if earlier records are to be believed, in the Wimbledon ladies’ final in 1922, Suzanne Lenglen need just 23 minutes to dispatch Molla Mallory 6-2, 6-0. Wimbledon was also the scene of the shortest match in the history of Grand Slam tennis, albeit not in the final. In the first round of the ladies’ singles in 1969, Briton Susan Tutt beat compatriot 6-2, 6-0 in just 20 minutes, before losing 6-0, 6-1 to foruth seed, and eventual champion, Ann Jones in the second round.
Of course, in Grand Slam singles, men play best-of-five, rather than best-of-three, matches; heading even further back in the annals of tennis history, in 1881, William Renshaw needed just 37 minutes to defeat reigning champion John Hartley 6-0, 6-1, 6-1 in the men’s singles final at Wimbledon.
In more recent (today in fact!) Tennis news, three time Grand Slam winner Naomi Osaka has reached the semi final of the Australian Open 2021 in just 66 short minutes. She has already won two Australian Opens and is just the third player in tennis history to win all four of her first four Grand Slam final matches. I wonder if I can emulate that level of success on australia online casino. Time will tell!