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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

Age: 29

Birthplace: Nyagan, Russia

Profession: Tennis player, Model, Athlete

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#70 on The Best Athletes of All Time

#47 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

Age: 35

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

Also Ranked

#21 on Celebrities Whose Names Are Hardest to Spell

#31 on Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed

#91 on Athletes Whose Careers Ended Too Soon

#52 on The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time

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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

Age: 35

Birthplace: Beloit, Wisconsin, United States of America

Profession: Spokesperson, Race car driver, Model, Athlete

Credits: Jim Rome Is Burning, Girl Racers

Also Ranked

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

#13 on Athletes Who Should Get a Reality Show

#24 on The Best Active NASCAR Drivers

#55 on The Athletes That Millennials Love the Most

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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

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

Also Ranked

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

#55 on Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

#32 on The Best Athletes of All Time

#61 on The Funniest Professional Athletes

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