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Top 10 All-Time Famous Sportswomen | Most Influential Female Athletes in The World

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Women’s participation in sports has a long history. From getting refrained from even watching the Olympics, to winning tons of medals in the Olympics, sportswomen across the world have come a long way. With the advent of social media, sportspersons have started getting wider recognition. Over the years, sportswomen have also garnered immense popularity among the masses. Many sportswomen have not only put in efforts for themselves but also have spoken out for women’s sports in general. Below are listed the most famous sportswomen’s names.

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 Top 10 Famous Sportswomen of all time

S. No.  Name of Sportswoman Concerned Sport
1. Serena Williams Tennis
2. Ronda Rousey UFC/WWE
3. Maria Sharapova Tennis
4. Alex Morgan Football
5. Sania Mirza Tennis
6. Simone Biles Gymnastics
7. Crissa Jackson Basketball
8. P.V. Sindhu Badminton
9. Naomi Osaka Tennis
10. Alisha Lehmann Football

 Serena Williams

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Serena Williams is one of the most eminent tennis players of all time. She has won an astonishing count of 23 Grand Slam titles. Even though her last major title came in 2017, she remains one of the most discussed tennis players to date. Williams is also known for speaking out for equal pay and has sparked conversation over various important issues alongside the likes of Osaka and Biles. Serena Williams will remain one of tennis’ leading icons. Although she is nearing retirement, she still tops the popularity charts with over 16 million IG followers and over 10 million Twitter followers. She is one of the most famous sportswomen in the world.

Ronda Rousey

Ronda Rousey
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Ronda Rousey is one of the most successful and famous combat sports women, in the world. Versatile Ronda was the first American woman to win an Olympic medal in Judo. Ronda became the first female fighter to be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame after a decorated career. Rousey has over 16 million IG followers.


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Maria Sharapova

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Even though retired, Maria Sharapova is still a prominent sportswoman in tennis. The former five-time world number one is one of just ten women in history to achieve the ‘career Grand Slam’. It is the title of each of the four major tennis championships. She is also the only Russian player, among both male and female, to do so. Sharapova remains in the public eye, and she is still one of the most famous tennis personalities in the world. 

Alex Morgan

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Alex Morgan is one of the most famous women footballers. Morgan has established herself as the most followed player in the world. With 2 World Cup titles and an Olympic gold medal at an international level, she has also spoken up for equal pay. In 2019, Morgan was named one of TIME’s Most Influential People. Morgan has a whopping 9.8 million social media followers.

Sania Mirza

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From 2003 until her retirement from singles in 2013, she was ranked by the Women’s Tennis Association as the Indian No. 1 in singles. Sania is India’s highest-ranked woman ever. She has won an astounding count of six Grand Slams. With 43 career titles, Mirza has won more doubles tournaments than any other active player on the WTA tour. Mirza was also named one of the “50 Heroes of Asia” by TIME in 2005. She was also in the magazine’s 2016 list of the 100 most influential people in the world. The Indian icon has over 10 million IG followers and over 9 million followers on Twitter. She is one of the famous sportswomen in India and the world.


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 Simone Biles 

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Simone Biles has established herself as the greatest gymnast of all time with a combined 32 Olympic and World Championship medals. Her presence outside of the arena has also made her one of the world’s most influential sportswomen. During the Tokyo Olympics, Biles withdrew from several events due to her mental health. She spoke openly about mental health and urged others to speak out and get help. The 24-year-old has over 6 million IG followers.

Crissa Jackson 

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Apart from being a Basketball player, Crissa Jackson has made quite a name on social media. The vast majority of her following comes from TikTok, where she has established herself as a verified and extremely popular personality. Jackson has 15 million TikTok followers and over 1 million on Instagram. Crissa is also an actress, comedian, and model. She has worked with various brands including Beats by Dre, Amazon Music, and Reebok.

P.V. Sindhu

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Pusarla Venkata Sindhu is regarded as one of India’s most successful sportswomen. She scripted history by becoming the first and only Indian to be crowned Badminton World Champion and the first Indian woman to win two Olympic medals. With a shining badminton career, Sindhu often speaks out on the importance of clean and honest games. In 2021, Sindhu was listed by Forbes as among the highest-paid female athletes. She has over 3 million IG followers.


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Naomi Osaka 

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Naomi Osaka is not just an excellent tennis player, but also a smart businesswoman. She is an individual who is not afraid to speak up for what she believes in. The Japanese sports star has won 4 Grand Slams in her career so far and, she is one of the most marketable athletes in the world. Naomi has over 2 million IG followers.

Alisha Lehmann 

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Alisha Lehmann is the only Women’s Super League footballer. Along with being a speedster on the pitch, Alisha has also established herself as a social media star, particularly on Instagram and TikTok. Alisha has over 6 million followers on Tiktok and over 10 million followers on IG.

10 Famous Indian Sportswomen of all time

Name of the Sportswoman Concerned Sport
Sania Mirza Tennis
Mithali Raj Cricket
Mary Kom Boxing
P.V. Sindhu Badminton
Sakshi Malik Wrestling
Geeta Phogat Wrestling
Deepika Kumari Archery
Dipa Karmakar Gymnast
Tania Sachdeva Chess
Rani Rampal Hockey

FAQs

  • What are the top 5 sports for girls?

Volleyball, Soccer, Basketball, Swimming, Tennis. 

  • What are the 3 female-only Olympic sports?

There are several sporting disciplines solely for women: synchronized swimming, greco-roman wrestling, and rhythmic gymnastics.

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  • What is the number 1 female sport?

As per data from June 2021, Soccer was the most popular women’s sport worldwide, with 22% of respondents claiming to follow and watch the sport.


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