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List of famous female athletes, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female athletes list contains the most prominent and top females known for being athletes. There are thousand of females working as athletes in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic athletes have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a athlete then the people below should give you inspiration.

The list you're viewing is made up of many different popular women athletes, like Maria Sharapova and Diane Gillis.

While this isn't a list of all female athletes, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female athletes?" and "Who are the best female athletes?"
Maria Sharapova is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Female Athletes
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Maria Yuryevna Sharapova is a Russian professional tennis player, who as of October 6, 2014 is ranked world No. 2 by the Women's Tennis Association. A United States resident since 1994, Sharapova has competed on the WTA tour since 2001. She has been ranked world No. 1 in singles by the WTA on five ...more

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Age: 29

Birthplace: Nyagan, Russia

Profession: Tennis player, Model, Athlete

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#51 on The Best Athletes of All Time

#46 on The Best Female Celebrity Role Models

#11 on The Athletes That Millennials Love the Most

#12 on Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed

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Anna Kournikova is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Female Athletes
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Anna Sergeyevna Kournikova is a Russian retired professional tennis player. Her appearance and celebrity status made her one of the best known tennis stars worldwide, despite her never winning a WTA singles title. At the peak of her fame, fans looking for images of Kournikova made her name one of ...more

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Age: 34

Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Profession: Tennis player, Model, Athlete

Credits: A Date with Anna, Anna Kournikova - Basic Elements: My Complete Fitness Guide, Anna Kournikova Smash Court Tennis, The Biggest Loser

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#75 on Celebrities Who Should Run for President

#24 on Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed

#23 on Celebrities Whose Names Are Hardest to Spell

#90 on Athletes Whose Careers Ended Too Soon

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Danica Patrick is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Female Athletes
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Danica Sue Patrick is an American auto racing driver, model, and advertising spokeswoman. She is the most successful woman in the history of American open-wheel racing—her win in the 2008 Indy Japan 300 is the only women's victory in an IndyCar Series race and her third place in the 2009 ...more

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Age: 35

Birthplace: Beloit, Wisconsin, United States of America

Profession: Spokesperson, Race car driver, Model, Athlete

Credits: Jim Rome Is Burning, Girl Racers

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#59 on Famous Women You'd Want to Have a Beer With

#21 on The Best Active NASCAR Drivers

#55 on The Athletes That Millennials Love the Most

#9 on Athletes Who Should Get a Reality Show

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Serena Williams is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Female Athletes
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Serena Jameka Williams is an American professional tennis player who is currently ranked No. 1 in women's singles tennis. The Women's Tennis Association has ranked her World No. 1 in singles on six separate occasions. She became the World No. 1 for the first time on July 8, 2002, and regained this ...more

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Age: 35

Birthplace: Saginaw, Michigan, United States of America

Profession: Tennis player, Fashion designer, Businessperson, Actor Athlete, + more

Credits: Hair Show, Charity Jam, Wimbledon 2009 Official Film, Venus & Serena: For Real

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#25 on The Most Inspiring (Non-Hollywood) Female Role Models

#47 on Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

#64 on The Best Athletes of All Time

#57 on The Funniest Professional Athletes

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Geena Davis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Female Athletes
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Virginia Elizabeth "Geena" Davis is an American actress, film producer, writer, former fashion model, and a women's Olympics archery team semi-finalist. She is known for her roles in The Fly, Beetlejuice, Thelma & Louise, A League of Their Own, The Long Kiss Goodnight, Stuart Little and The ...more

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Age: 61

Birthplace: Wareham, Massachusetts, United States of America

Profession: Television producer, Film Producer, Model, Actor Athlete, + more

Credits: The Fly, Beetlejuice, Thelma & Louise, Stuart Little

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Lindsey Vonn is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Female Athletes
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Lindsey Caroline Vonn is an American World Cup alpine ski racer on the United States Ski Team. She has won four World Cup championships—one of two female skiers to do so, along with Annemarie Moser-Pröll—with three consecutive titles in 2008, 2009 and 2010, plus another in 2012. Vonn won the gold ...more

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Age: 31

Birthplace: Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States of America

Profession: Alpine skier, Athlete

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#49 on The Best Athletes of All Time

#49 on The Athletes That Millennials Love the Most

#13 on The Greatest Alpine Skiers of All Time

#54 on The Best Female Athletes of All Time

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Venus Williams is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Female Athletes
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Venus Ebony Starr Williams is an American professional tennis player who is a former World No. 1 and is ranked World No. 11 in singles as of February 1, 2015. She has been ranked World No. 1 in singles by the Women's Tennis Association on three separate occasions. She became the World No. 1 for the ...more

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Age: 36

Birthplace: Lynwood, California, United States of America

Profession: Tennis player, Entrepreneur, Writer

Credits: Charity Jam, 2008 Wimbledon Official Film, Wimbledon 2007 Official Film, Venus & Serena: For Real Wimbledon 2005 Official Film

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#49 on The Most Inspiring (Non-Hollywood) Female Role Models

#9 on The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time

#17 on The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era

#72 on The Best Female Athletes of All Time

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Hope Solo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Female Athletes
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Hope Amelia Solo is an American soccer goalkeeper and a two-time Olympic gold medalist. She has been goalkeeping for the United States women's national soccer team since 2000. After playing at the collegiate level for the University of Washington, she played professionally for the Philadelphia ...more

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Age: 35

Birthplace: Richland, Tri-Cities, Washington, United States of America

Profession: Footballer

Credits: Dancing with the Stars

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#44 on Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

#62 on The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time

#5 on The Best Women's Soccer Players

#83 on The Athletes That Millennials Love the Most

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