Though it is common to deem sports as a male dominated industry, females have made tremendous success in various sports categories all around the world. From Asian countries to Europe and America, many female athletes have made a name for themselves while being named the world’s top players. These women achieved success through their respective sports categories due to their hard work, consistency and dedication. Whether you are looking for some inspiration to start your own journey or simply wonder who are the top female athletes in the world, here are 5 of the most popular ones:
1. Serena Williams (Tennis)
How can one not recognize Serena as one of the best female athletes? From grabbing the winning titles for tennis year after year to becoming a mother, she’s a definite superstar indeed. Let’s not forget how she wins doubles, singles and mixed doubles tournaments consecutively with a whopping 39 Grand Slam titles. Amazing streak that most female or male tennis players can’t beat! Serena is the kind of athlete that if you go on the portal apostas esportivas to place your bet on her, you will probably win because she never loses most of her matches. She’s not Ranked No.1 for nothing!
2. Michelle Wie (Golf)
Michelle Wie has been in the golf industry ever since she was 10 years old, becoming the youngest female player to be eligible for the USGA amateur championship. Deemed as the world’s most paid golfer in the female category, she has won 5 LPGA tournaments, with the U.S Women’s Open her main highlight back in 2014. Her continuous winning streak enabled her to secure a sponsorship with Nike for the longest time. She recently entered motherhood in 2020 where her view on the sport changed after just giving birth to her first child, who is her daughter Makenna. Despite that, she does have several plans on returning back to golf sometime in the future.
3. Ding Ning (Table Tennis)
Ding Ning is no stranger to the world for winning multiple gold medals in doubles and singles events at the London Olympics as well as the World Table Tennis Championships in the years 2011, 2015 and 2017. Though there was a controversy during the London 2012 Olympics where she received 3 penalty points which caused her to tear up and lose the match, she didn’t let that incident dictate her future tournaments. She is deemed to be the most popular table-tennis player based in China according to ESPN’s ranking, with a large following on Weibo, which is China’s number 1 social media channel. Here are a couple fun facts about her: she’s left-handed, born in the 1990 and her nickname is The Queen of Hearts.
4. P.V Sindhu (Badminton)
Hailing from India, P.V Sindhu, born in 1995, is known to be World No.3 for winning silver at the Rio Olympics, World Championship 2017, both gold and silver at the Commonwealth Games in 2017. She started her badminton career at the age of 14, winning the bronze medal during the Sub-Junior Asian Badminton Championships back in 2009. Under endorsements, she’s considered No.2 as the highest paid Indian athlete. At the age of 17, she managed to break the record of being one of the top 20 BWF World Rankings. Pretty impressive at such a young age, especially when she won almost every medal during world championships.
5. Alina Zagitova (Figure Skating)
A Russian superstar, Alina is the youngest figure skater to win gold during the Pyeongchang Olympics at only 16 years old. She was named after a Russian rhythmic gymnast, Alina Kabaeva, who won the gold medal back in Athens Olympics. Hence, her parents already had a bright future planned ahead for her. Her famous ‘Zagitova Rule’ is about her signature triple lutz loop where she managed to execute the move successfully without fail during her competitions. Despite her constant success, a few years later in her career, she refused to compete in the Russion Championships and European Championships back in 2021 due to her lack of motivation. Hence, she decided to take a break from competing. Aside from being a World Champion, she enjoys drawing during her spare time.