The Greatest Stars in Wimbledon History

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The Greatest Stars in Wimbledon History
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Steffi Graf and Martina Navratilova after the 1988 Wimbledon final

Serena Williams' recent success instigates debate whether she is the greatest star in Wimbledon history.

Does her resume at the All England Club stack up against Open Era greats Martina Navratilova and Pete Sampras? Has she done as much as standouts from the distant past, such as Suzanne Lenglen and Bill Tilden?

What is required to be considered a "star" at Wimbledon anyway? Although winning Wimbledon singles titles is certainly the most important aspect of gaining stardom, it is not the only measure.

Sometimes longevity and popularity play roles in such a subjective ranking. The increased exposure and greater depth of talent these days also are factors, which is why recent players get the benefit of the doubt. Finally, a player's place in tennis history contributes to his or her star quality at any event, including Wimbledon.

We begin with nine players who barely missed making our list, then count down the 12 greatest stars in Wimbledon history.


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