Most of the ladies crowned as champions of the Australian Open hailed primarily from Australia back in the early days of this prestigious tennis tournament.
Distance from European capitals and the United States kept the Australian Open a happening mainly for locals, although there were foreign winners from time to time.
Overall Australians have won 43 Australian Open titles, 33 during the Amateur Era and 10 during the Open Era. Their first championship came in 1922 and their last in 1978.
The Aussies are all hoping Samantha Stosur can add to their total by winning the championship in 2011. The time is now for a native to win the trophy—it has been 33 years, after all.
With defending champion Serena Williams not playing in 2011 because of injury, this year is wide open for the ladies as they look to crown a new champion.
Female champions from the United States are second, having won 22 Australian Open titles, seven in the Amateur Era and 15 during the Open Era.
Half of the ladies in this Top 10 list are logically from Australia, and many of them represent titles won during the Amateur Era, which began back in 1922.
But all have outstanding results in the "Happy" Slam now held annually in Melbourne.