Who are the best female soccer players? The best female basketball players? The top female boxers? I’m not talking about Time’s list of the most influential women in sport.
At the end of this article, you will know the names, biographies and achievements of the 10 women who have won the most World Championships cups in different sports, which are considered by many as the highest titles of their respective sports.
1 Serena Williams
Serena Williams (born September 26,) is an American professional tennis player. She been the world’s number one ranked player in singles tennis, won four Olympic gold medals, and has been selected to the Forbes World’s 100 Most Powerful Women list. In 2015, she even received her pilot’s license. When you’re considered one of the most dominant athletes of all time (second only to Steffi Graf).
2 Annika Sörenstam
Annika Sörenstam (born 29 July 1970) holds the distinction of being the only person ever to have held all four major championships in women’s golf simultaneously — the U.S. Women’s Open, LPGA Championship, Women’s British Open and Evian Championship — a feat she achieved in August 2003. In any walk of life, it takes a lot to be the best of your generation. It takes an inspirational blend of ambition, talent and sheer bloody-mindedness. Annika Sorenstam has those qualities in spades.
3 Katie Ledecky
The 2017 World Aquatics Championships wrapped up in Budapest on Sunday, July 30th as Katie Ledecky took home the most medals (5 total) and titles at the meet. This is nothing new for the young athlete. Ever since 2012 when she first qualified for the USA Olympic Trials, Ledecky has dominated her sport of swimming. She’s won the 800-meter freestyle at the past 3 Olympics and holds numerous world records. Here’s a quick look at her 2016/17 accomplishments.
4 Jessica Ennis-Hill
Jessica Ennis-Hill is a British track and field athlete specialising in multi-eventing disciplines and Olympic heptathlon, who has won gold at the World Championships in Athletics as well as gold at the 2012 London Olympic Games in the heptathlon event.
Injuries forced her to withdraw from the 2013 World Championships in Athletics and 2014 Commonwealth Games. She holds the women’s world record for the heptathlon with a score of 6,955 points set on 2 September 2014 at the Hypo-Meeting in Götzis, Austria.
5 Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova — born October 18, 1956 in Prague, Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic) is a former World No. 1 professional tennis player, being one of the sport’s most dominant players from 1982 until her retirement in 2006. She was the year-ending World No. 1 singles champion five times and won 8 Wimbledon titles — more than any other woman.
6 Katie Ledecky
Katie Ledecky has the best United States women’s world championships record. She won gold medals in the 800 meters and 1500m—becoming the first swimmer to do so at single world championships—and took silver in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay.
What is the best thing about the greatest athletes in today’s world? It has to be their performances that make us sit at our computer monitors, watch from the sidelines and inspire us to achieve spectacular things.
7 Carli Lloyd
Lloyd is one of the best players in women’s soccer history and a prolific goal scorer. She is currently part of a record-setting streak with 6 consecutive “Player of The Month of” wins. However, it has always been her ability to score at the big moments that has made her one of the most talked about players of this decade.
8 Maya Moore
The great thing about sports is that it’s one area in which talent is not determined by gender. In many female world class athletes that can be determined simply because they happen to be women.
Most of us don’t live our lives solely within the borders of a football court, though we might try. But for Maya Moore, basketball is all there is. As she gets set to take on the world in Rio 2016, we find out how she became the best player in her sport and what it means to be a role model and face of women’s basketball in America.
9 Simone Biles
Simone Arianne Biles (born March 14, 1997) is an American artistic gymnast, dubbed “The beast,”a” aerial assassin,” and “the flying squirrel.” She comes from Columbus, Ohio.
Simone Biles is not only an Olympic gold medalist but she’s also a world champion in gymnastics. In 2013, Simone became the world champion in the all-around category in both the 2013 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships and 2015 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships. This brought her total to 10 world championships.
10 Lauren Haeger
Lauren Haeger has entered the hearts and minds of so many softball fans with her stellar play from the mound and it’s not that difficult to see why. Haeger is one of the best NCAA pitchers in history, reaching an elite status with her record-breaking performance for Florida last season.
With more honors on the horizon following the 2013 World University Games, which kick off today in Russia, it’s a perfect time to step back and take in her greatness. We wanted to know more about this stellar athlete – as a competitor and as a member of Team USA.”