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30 Women Who Dominate Their Sport

30 Women Who Dominate Their Sport

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Serena Williams of the United States celebrates winning her Ladies' Singles Quarter-Finals

Women around the world are doing incredible things in sports. From the tennis court to the UFC octagon, these 30 female athletes are absolutely dominating the competition. They’re bringing blazing speed, impressive power, muscular strength, and all-around athleticism to get them to the top.

Along with their winning talent, these women are sure to inspire future generations of female athletes. Check out the fiery females who top this list for some serious gym goals or just admire these talented athletes at the top of their game.

1. Miesha Tate, MMA

Mixed martial artist Miesha Tate is one of the most experienced fighters in the Women’s’ divisions of the UFC. She is one of the deadliest submission specialists in the sport and has cemented her name in UFC history as a future Hall of Famer since she helped pioneer the attraction of Female MMA.

Miesha Tate poses for a portrait during a UFC photo session

LAS VEGAS, NV – DECEMBER 24: Miesha Tate poses for a portrait during a UFC photo session  in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Tate has been handed a few Ls in her time. One of those losses (against Ronda Rousey in 2012) was still such a good fight that UFC president Dana White credited it as one of the driving forces behind the creation of a women’s division – that’s just plain impressive.

Her nickname may be “Cupcake,” but do you really want to risk calling her that?

2. Caroline Wozniacki, Tennis

Standing amongst the top names and talents in women’s tennis is Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark. Since joining the exclusive club of women to reach the No. 1 rank in the world in 2010, Wozniacki has remained one of the elite players in the game, as shown by her 2018 Australian Open victory.

Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark hold the winner's trophy after winning the Women's Singles final against Anastasija Sevastova

BEIJING, CHINA – OCTOBER 07: Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark hold the winner’s trophy after winning the Women’s Singles final against Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia on day 9 of the 2018 China Open at the China National Tennis Centre on October 7, 2018 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

Wozniacki continues to climb the ranks of career earnings with a purse that appears to be perpetually growing at an exponential rate. Wozniacki has already surpassed the $30 million mark, establishing herself as the fourth highest earner of all time. It will be a long time before we see someone supplant Wozniacki’s Top-10 rank.

3. Lolo Jones, Track / Bobsled

Why crush competition in just one sport when you have the talent to destroy opponents in other sports too? Lolo Jones did exactly that by competing as an Olympic hurdler and bobsledder. Two Olympic events. Two separate Games. Two totally different worlds.

Lolo Jones of United States celebrates winning gold in the Womens 60m Hurdles Final

DOHA, QATAR – MARCH 13: Lolo Jones of United States celebrates winning gold in the Womens 60m Hurdles Final during Day 2 of the IAAF World Indoor Championships at the Aspire Dome in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

Jones didn’t just participate in these polar opposite fields, her talents took her to the top of both fields. Jones competed in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics in the hurdles and joined a select few athletes who have competed in both the Summer and Winter Games with her appearance at the 2014 Winter Olympics for bobsled.

4. Alex Morgan, Soccer

For over two decades, the United States women’s national team has flaunted one of the most talented rosters in the world. Alex Morgan is one of the key reasons why the women’s soccer national team has maintained such a high level of success.

Alex Morgan #13 of the United States celebrates her goal against Canada in the CONCACAF Women's Championship

FRISCO, TX – OCTOBER 17: Alex Morgan #13 of the United States celebrates her goal against Canada in the CONCACAF Women’s Championship final match at Toyota Stadium on October 17, 2018 in Frisco, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

While Morgan has played for five professional teams, she has also represented the women’s national team since 2010. In that time, she has helped Team USA take home an Olympic gold (2012) and a World Cup gold (2015) and silver (2011).

Morgan was the first woman featured on the cover of the wildly popular FIFA video game series in 2015.

5. Ronda Rousey, MMA

There are no ifs, ands or buts about it, Ronda Rousey’s overwhelming success in the MMA – particularly her time in the UFC – has absolutely been the biggest influence in the explosion of popularity for women’s MMA. She’s dripping in swag.

UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey of the United States

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – NOVEMBER 13: UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey of the United States poses for photos during the UFC 193 Ultimate Media Day festivities at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Remaining undefeated until her final to fights to finish with a 12-2 record in December 2016, Rousey may have recently retired, but she remains one of the most recognizable faces (male or female) in MMA.

Rousey has since signed with WWE where she looks to keep throwing down in the ring after crushing it in the octagon.

6. Hilary Knight, Hockey

Hilary Knight has been helping set the tone for women’s hockey for years now, and she only keeps getting better. From her high school days playing prep at the esteemed Choate Rosemary Hall to her collegiate days playing for the NCAA Champion Wisconsin Badgers, the talented forward has been ripping shots to the back of the net with ease.

 Ice hockey player Hilary Knight poses for a portrait during the USOC Portrait Shoot

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA – APRIL 27: Ice hockey player Hilary Knight poses for a portrait during the USOC Portrait Shoot on April 27, 2013 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Knight has medaled in the IIHF World Women’s Championships nine times, seven of those being gold. She has also led the United States women’s ice hockey team to three straight Olympic finals, scoring two silvers (2010, 2014) and one gold (2018) in a nail-biting shootout.

7. Lexi Thompson, Golf

How good at golf is Lexi Thompson? Well, considering she qualified for her first U.S. Women’s Open at age 12, “very good” sounds like a very safe bet. Thompson’s talent is mind-boggling. By age 15 – when most of us are dealing with the pressure of being underclassmen in high school – Thompson officially turned pro.

Lexi Thompson watches her tee shot on the 16th hole during the second round of the Meijer LPGA Classic

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – JULY 24: Lexi Thompson watches her tee shot on the 16th hole during the second round of the Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft at Blythefield Country Club in Grand Rapids, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Turning pro at age 15 is crazy, but setting an LPGA record at age 16 is insane. That’s just what Lexi Thompson did though, as the youngest player to win a tournament at the Navistar LPGA Classic.  At age 19, Thompson claimed her first major title, winning the 2014 Kraft Nabisco Championship.

Thompson has already accomplished so much, yet still has years ahead to pile on the awards. Read on for another new young star on the LPGA Tour who might give Thompson a run for her money.

8. Candace Parker, Basketball

There have been countless NBA legends who have donned a Los Angeles Lakers jersey, but the name that owns Los Angeles in the WNBA is Candace Parker. Since drafting Parker with the first overall pick in 2008, the Sparks have been an absolute powerhouse.

 Candace Parker attends the 2018 NBA Awards Show at Barker Hangar

SANTA MONICA, CA – JUNE 25: Candace Parker attends the 2018 NBA Awards Show at Barker Hangar on June 25, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)

Since one championship, two MVP selections and four All-Star selections apparently can’t quench Parker’s thirst for competition, she has also taken her talents to Russia. From 2011-15, Parker claimed the title as the Russian National League champion.

Oops, almost forgot to mention two National Championships with the Tennessee Volunteers. And we can’t leave out her two Olympic gold medals. Dang, girl, maybe just chill for a sec and let the others get a little action.

9. Danica Patrick, Racing

Danica Patrick’s professional racing career may have come to a close in February 2018 at the Daytona 500, but her time on the track is still more than worthy of another look. By no means was Patrick the first woman to race NASCAR, though her influence on the sport has been monumental.

 Driver Danica Patrick poses during portraits for the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

DAYTONA BEACH, FL: Driver Danica Patrick poses during portraits for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

After first joining NASCAR as a part-time driver in 2010, Patrick became the first female full-time driver of the Sprint Cup series in 2013. Though Patrick was never able to secure a first-place finish before concluding her career, her three Top 10 finishes leads all women in the sport.

10. Allison Stokke, Pole Vault

Most of the female athletes on this list have made a living stomping their competition in the dust. But pole vaulter Allison Stokke dominates all the rest in the modeling department. The snap of one perfectly timed photo sprang the beautiful athlete into the spotlight.

Allison Stokke, girlfriend of Rickie Fowler of the United States

AUGUSTA, GA, Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images

Before she competed in the NCAA for the California Golden Bears, a photographer snapped the SoCal native’s picture at a local competition. The photo quickly began circulating the internet, thrusting the young athlete into stardom.

Stokke’s popularity exploded as photographers followed her through her collegiate career at UC Berkeley. Since graduating, Stokke has enjoyed success as a professional pole vaulter and sponsored fitness model for Nike and Athleta.

11. Mikaela Shiffrin, Skiing

Skier Mikaela Shiffrin is already firmly among the sport’s top female athletes, and she’s barely even close to her prime. At the young age of 22, Shiffrin made her second trip to the Winter Olympics, competing in the 2018 PyeongChang Games.

Mikaela Shiffrin of USA takes 1st place during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Super G

LAKE LOUISE, CANADA – DECEMBER 2: Mikaela Shiffrin of USA takes 1st place during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women’s Super G on December 2, 2018 in Lake Louise Canada. (Photo by Christophe Pallot/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)

In 2014, Shiffrin claimed Olympic gold in the women’s slalom race. She showed growth in 2018, winning giant slalom and taking silver in the combined event.

Adding to her medal collection, Shiffrin has three golds and one silver from the World Championships. She’ll need a guest house just for her medals by the time she’s done skiing for the U.S. Team.

12. Katie Ledecky, Swimming

Move over, Michael Phelps. Katie Ledecky is looking to take the throne as the ultimate Poseidon of the Pool. This young swimmer has already asserted herself as one of, if not the greatest female swimmer of all time, and she did before she could buy a beer.

Katie Ledecky of the United States competes in the final heat for the Women's 800 Meter Freestyle during Day Seven of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Swimming Trials

OMAHA, NE – JULY 02: Katie Ledecky of the United States competes in the final heat for the Women’s 800 Meter Freestyle during Day Seven of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Swimming Trials at CenturyLink Center on July 2, 2016 in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Lately, Ledecky has lapped up every medal in her sight (unless that medal happens to be bronze). Between the Olympics, World Championships and Pan Pacific Championships, Ledecky has collected 24 golds and two silvers.

Oh, and she’s accomplished all this before even turning 21.

13. Sloane Stephens, Tennis

Sloane Stephens is on a mission as she steadily climbs to prominence in women’s tennis. The Florida native has been playing professionally since 2010 and has plenty of years of success ahead of her.

Sloane Stephens at Citi Open Tennis July 30, 2011

Photo by Keith Allison via Wikimedia Commons

Stephens yet to crack the Top 10 in world rankings. She floats just outside the bubble though, so far topping out at No. 11 overall. In 2017, Stephens won her first career Major, the US Open, at age 23.

14. Chloe Kim, Snowboarding

Before she even turned 18, Chloe Kim had already cemented herself as a legend in the snowboarding community. The Southern California native was born to shred and has been tearing up the competition since her first Winter X Games appearance in 2014.

Gold medalist Chloe Kim of the United States

PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA – FEBRUARY 13: Gold medalist Chloe Kim of the United States celebrates during the victory ceremony for the Snowboard Ladies’ Halfpipe Final on day four of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Phoenix Snow Park on February 13, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

She first medaled at the Winter X Games in 2014, earning silver in the SuperPipe event. Silver is pretty remarkable – and she was only 13 at the time! Kim has since taken four more golds and one bronze in the competition.

Recently, Kim took home a gold on the halfpipe in her first-ever Winter Olympics in 2018.

15. Brittney Griner, Basketball

From the moment Brittney Griner first picked up a basketball, she has been an unstoppable force on the hardwood. In 2009, Griner was named the No. 1 high school player in the nation. The 6’9″ center continues to live up to that initial hype every day.

Brittney Griner #42 of the Phoenix Mercury

LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 27: Brittney Griner #42 of the Phoenix Mercury shooting free throws against the Los Angeles Sparks during a WNBA basketball game at Staples Center on May 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images)

Griner’s time at Baylor was spectacular; she was twice named Player of the Year and won an NCAA Championship (2012). She was selected first overall by the Phoenix Mercury in the 2013 WNBA draft. Since then, Griner has kept on bringing home the hardware, winning several accolades plus her first WNBA championship in 2014.

16. Cris Cyborg, MMA

Cristiane Justino Venancio is a name most people probably aren’t too familiar with. However, the very mention of her MMA ring name, “Cris Cyborg,” is enough to strike fear is anyone’s heart. After losing her first professional fight as a mixed martial artist, Cyborg has been on a mission to prove she is the moment dominant fighter in the octagon.

Cris Cyborg of Brazil reacts to defeating Tonya Evinger

ANAHEIM, CA: Cris Cyborg of Brazil reacts to defeating Tonya Evinger during their Featherweight Title fight at UFC 214 at Honda Center in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Cyborg has racked up 19 straight wins on her way to becoming one of the most well-known, feared MMA fighters. She has been a nightmare in every featherweight division she’s fought in. Certainly among the strongest female athletes around, Cyborg became champion in Invicta FC, Strikeforce and UFC.

17. Marta Vieira Da Silva, Soccer

Brazil must be putting something in the water, because soccer star Marta Vieira da Silva is a once-in-a-generation talent. Even Pele, Brazil’s transcendent talent, refers to Marta as “Pele with skirts.” For almost two decades, Marta has maintained a nearly unfathomable level of excellence.

Marta Vieira Da Silva

Photo by Hmlarson, Wikimedia Commons

Vieira da Silva has maintained a top level of excellence for nearly two decades in a way that’s almost unfathomable. With two gold medals in the Pan American Games and two Olympic silvers, the 5x FIFA World Player of the Year, Marta has nearly averaged one goal per game in well over 100 caps for the Brazil national team.

18. Maya Moore, Basketball

Maya Moore is such a transcendent talent in women’s basketball, she could forget to show up to a game and still put up the best stats on either team. After her college days at UConn, Moore was the No. 1 pick in the 2011 WNBA draft. She has razed a path of destruction along the way.

Maya Moore (23) takes a shot in the Minnesota Lynx vs Atlanta Dream game

Photo by Lorie Shaull, Wikimedia Commons

In college, Moore took home two National Player of the Year awards and two National Championships. Since joining the Minnesota Lynx in 2011, Moore again earned MVP status (2014) and has already won four championships.

Sheesh, save some fun for the rest of the world.

19. Simona Halep, Tennis

There is no validation needed for professional tennis player Simona Halep, who competes against the toughest talent in the world in the WTA where she has clawed her way to the top, achieving the status of No. 1 world ranking.

Simona_Halep, female athlete who dominates in tennis

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Halep first achieved her No. 1 world rank in October 2017, making her the seventh person to attain such status without winning a Grand Slam. That is, until she took down Sloane Stephens to win the 2018 French Open after coming up short with a runner-up finish earlier the same year at the Australian Open. She’s even taken over Serena Williams’ record for the longest active Top 10 streak.

20. Paige VanZant, MMA

It should be obvious that female athletes who are good enough to fight in the UFC should never been taken lightly. Still, don’t mistake Paige VanZant’s petite size and stunning beauty for weakness. At age 23, she’s well on her way to leaving her mark on the sport.

Paige VanZant poses on the scale during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in inside the Golden 1 Center Arena

SACRAMENTO, CA – DECEMBER 16: Paige VanZant poses on the scale during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in inside the Golden 1 Center Arena in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Sure, VanZant has already taken a few losses – but that actually sheds light on how impressive her blossoming MMA career really is. VanZant spent her first 10 professional fights in the strawweight division and made her flyweight debut in January 2018.

The young star has 11 professional fights and a second weight class under her belt before even turning 24. VanZant has plenty of fight left in her.

21. Missy Franklin, Swimming

The United States is going to crush the world of competitive swimming for the next decade and there’s absolutely nothing anyone can do about it. If Katie Ledecky isn’t enough to keep her competition up at night, Missy Franklin is coming in just as hot.

Missy Franklin poses by swimming pool

Photo by JD Lasica, Wikimedia Commons

In the medal race, the two are neck and neck. Two years older than Ledecky, Franklin has five golds and one bronze compared to Ledecky’s five golds and one silver.

Franklin has earned 18 total World Championships medals (11 gold). She also holds the world record in the 200-meter backstroke (long course) amongst other records.

22. Serena Williams, Tennis

Can we just all agree that it feels like Serena Williams has dominated every competition since she stepped onto the tennis court?

If and when the day comes that Serena finally puts down her racket for good, the Women’s Tennis Association needs to honor the GOAT and retire the No. 1 rank permanently.

Serena Williams of the United States celebrates winning her Ladies' Singles Quarter-Finals

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 10: Serena Williams of the United States celebrates winning her Ladies’ Singles Quarter-Finals match against Camila Giorgi of Italy on day eight of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 10, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Forget all of the monstrous endorsements Serena has earned over the years, she’s accrued roughly $85 million in prize money alone. That may seem like an absurd amount at first until taking int account the fact she is approaching 1,000 wins in professional singles and doubles matches.

23. Diana Taurasi, Basketball

Diana Taurasi has been ballin’ outrageous for so long, it feels like she’s been in the game since it began. Taurasi is one of the key figures responsible for the unrivaled success of the UConn women’s basketball program. She helped lead the Huskies to three straight National Championships (2002-04).

Diana Taurasi #3 of the Phoenix Mercury

PHOENIX, AZ – JULY 05: Diana Taurasi #3 of the Phoenix Mercury handles the ball during the first half of WNBA game against the Connecticut Sun at Talking Stick Resort Arena on July 5, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The championships didn’t end there for Diana Taurasi. Since the Phoenix Mercury selected her with the No. 1 overall pick in 2004, she has won three WNBA championships.

Apparently, being unstoppable in one country gets old after a while so Taurasi headed to the Russian National League. There, she has won seven championships, three Russian Cups and six Euroleague championships. Oh yeah, she also made a quick pit stop in Turkey to win the Turkish National League… because, you know, why not?

24. Carli Lloyd, Soccer

Carli Lloyd has been the lifeblood of the United States Women’s National Soccer Team for longer than many athletes play at any level. The quick-footed midfielder’s durability is simply staggering. Lloyd first started playing at the professional level back in 1999.

Carli Lloyd of United States runs in the field during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Semi Final

LYON, FRANCE – JULY 02: Carli Lloyd of United States runs in the field during the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France Semi Final match between England and USA at Stade de Lyon on July 2, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Marcio Machado/Getty Images)

Lloyd has had more than her fair share of iconic moments. She has helped lead the USWNT to a bronze, silver and gold medal in the FIFA Women’s World Cup. Better yet, Lloyd scored two Olympic golds in which she literally scored the winning goal in both contests.

With all of her contributions to the sport, it’s no wonder she was named FIFA Player of the Year two straight years (2015, 2016).

25. Holly Holm, MMA

It has been an incredible journey for mixed martial artist Holly Holm. She initially entered the world of combat sports as a kickboxer. Holm then turned her successful amateur career into a professional boxing career. She was borderline unstoppable in the ring, boxing her way to a 33-2-3 record.

 Bethe Correia of Brazil taunts Holly Holm (not pictured) in their women's bantamweight bout during the UFC Fight Night

SINGAPORE: Bethe Correia of Brazil taunts Holly Holm (not pictured) in their women’s bantamweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Holm kept the haymakers flying when she stepped into the octagon. After winning her first nine MMA bouts, she got her big shot. In 2015, Holm got her chance to claim the UFC Bantamweight Championship against Ronda Rousey.

The title fight garnered an astounding 1.1 million pay-per-view purchases. Holm knocked out Rousey to win what’s considered one of the greatest upsets in sports history.

26. Simone Biles, Gymnastics

If we need someone to point the finger at for earth’s depleted resource of precious metals, go ahead and point away at American gymnast Simone Biles. It might not even be a stretch to say that Biles, standing at a mere 4’8”, is worth her weight in gold since her medal count has likely outweighed her for years.

USA Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, Brazil

Photo by Agência Brasil Fotografias, Wikimedia Commons

With 17 National Championships (11 gold), two Pacific Rim Championships (two gold), 14 World Championships (10 gold) and five Olympic medals (four gold) all before turning 21, Biles’ supposed peers are looking up at her accomplishments from earth while she’s in another universe of talent.

27. Sung Hyun Park, Golf

South Korea’s Sung Hyun Park is more than just a new face on the LPGA tour; she’s a new star. 2017 was Park’s first year as a professional golfer in the LPGA. In her first year alone, she won two tournaments.

Sung Hyun Park of South Korea plays a shot on the third hole during the final round of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship

ROGERS, ARKANSAS – JUNE 30: Sung Hyun Park of South Korea plays a shot on the third hole during the final round of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship Presented by P&G at Pinnacle Country Club on June 30, 2019 in Rogers, Arkansas. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

It would be a major disservice to sum up Park’s accomplishments in that first year with just those two tournament wins, though. Her first win was a Major – the U.S. Women’s Open. The victory helped Park earn both Rookie of the Year and Player of the Year honors, making her the first competitor to do so since Nancy Lopez did in 1978.

28. Brianna Decker, Hockey

A true pioneer of women’s hockey, Brianna Decker should have plenty of years ahead to add to her already illustrious career.

In college, the young forward was National Player of the Year in 2012 with the Wisconsin Badgers. From there, she went on to pioneering the still-young National Women’s Hockey league.

Brianna_Decker is a female athlete who dominates in hockey, seen here on the ice

Photo by Elliott Connor, Wikimedia Commons

As a member of the United States women’s national team, Decker’s goal scoring abilities have proven clutch time and again. Since 2011, she has helped lead the USA to five golds and one silver in the World Championships. Decker has also medaled twice in the Olympics, one silver (2014) and one gold (2018).

29. Hope Solo, Soccer

Hope Solo may have hung up her goalie gloves in 2016, but her contribution to women’s soccer was overwhelming. Solo was a goalkeeper at the professional level from 2003-16. Soccer fans will remember her best though for her dazzling performances on the world’s stage.

 Hope Solo #1 of the United States looks on after winning a match against Germany in the 2016 SheBelieves Cup at FAU Stadium

BOCA RATON, FL: Hope Solo #1 of the United States looks on after winning a match against Germany in the SheBelieves Cup at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Her autobiography, Solo: A Memoir of Hope, was a best-seller. That makes sense, considering the book was released just after Solo’s lock down performance at keeper helped the United States Women’s National Team win a second straight Olympic gold. Even better, Solo helped her team win bronze (2007), silver (2011) and gold (2015) in the coveted World Cup.

30. Venus Williams, Tennis

Talk about a super family of strong female athletes. Serena Williams may be among the greatest of all time (okay, she’s just the greatest), but don’t think her sister, Venus Williams, is living in her shadow. Venus has also spent time at a No. 1 world rank and has essentially lived in the top 10 for female tennis players.

Venus Williams of the United States celebrates after winning match point in her first round match against Mihaela Buzarnescu of Romania

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 15: Venus Williams of the United States celebrates after winning match point in her first round match against Mihaela Buzarnescu of Romania during day two of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 15, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

In fact, Venus has done more than simply hold her own. She has won the second most singles titles, behind only her sister. Add in all of her doubles titles – she even won two of her four Olympic golds in singles and doubles the same year – and Venus’ accolades are simply staggering.

Sources: Sports IllustratedTotalProSportsTheTabGunaxinWTA Tennisthe Brofessional

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