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30 Elite Female Athletes Who Are Truly Powerful

Darren - October 10, 2019
Lists

30 Elite Female Athletes Who Are Truly Powerful

Darren - October 10, 2019
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4. Katie Taylor

If you listened to Taylor speak, you’d never guess what she does for a living. The undisputed lightweight champion of the world is incredibly softspoken despite the fact she’s brutal in the ring. Forget about Conor McGregor, Taylor is the combat sports star who has the most respect in her native Ireland. That’s a fact.

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Taylor won gold at the London Olympics. She turned pro after a disappointing showing in Rio De Janeiro. After resolving issues in her private life, she made it her mission to become the unified lightweight champion. Taylor finally achieved that in 2019 with a hard-fought victory over Belgium’s Delfine Persoons. She has singlehandedly made people care about women’s boxing in her home country.

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3. Megan Rapinoe

What a year it’s been for Rapinoe. She captained the USWMNT to back-to-back World Cup wins in 2015 and 2019. Not only that, but she also managed to finish as the top scorer in the most recent edition of the tournament. FIFA recognized her remarkable 2019 by giving her the Player of the Year award.

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Rapinoe is also one of the most vocal female athletes in the world today. Activism is very important to her, as can be seen from her confrontations with President Trump. She’s taken the knee on multiple occasions and has also been very vocal in support of LGBT rights. Consequently, the Reign FC captain is one of the most important sports stars on the planet today.

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2. Naomi Osaka

Move over Serena, there’s a new girl in town. Osaka took the world by storm in 2018 and looks to be the natural successor to Williams as tennis’s biggest superstar. The Japanese-Haitian tennis player has won two Grand Slams, most notably beating Williams in the US Open.

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Despite not speaking Japanese, Osaka is a massive star in her mother’s home country. In short, she looks set to benefit from that financially and be one of the icons of the upcoming Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Furthermore, Osaka’s mixed-race heritage is emblematic of an evolving Japan, and her star power is set to soar as a result.

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1. Serena Williams

Williams remains the most marketable female athlete in the world today. The most successful female tennis player of all-time, there just aren’t enough superlatives to describe her career. She has won 23 major singles titles. In short, that’s more than any other player, male or female. Williams has also won 14 doubles titles, all with her sister Venus.

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The tennis superstar’s net worth is an estimated $180 million. Williams has won awards for her activism directed towards black communities. She’s held up as an inspiration for young girls around the world and is one of the most influential female athletes of all-time.

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