There isn’t much left to say about Serena, she is one of the all-time tennis greats. She has won everything and spent over 300 weeks at World Number One. Serena is top of the all-time earnings list and has a career total of $88.6 million. She has earned more than double of the next on the all-time list, her sister Venus.
Then there are the Grand Slam tournament victories. Serena has 23 singles Grand Slams, the most in the modern era of tennis, plus she has won the most amount of tour matches with 335. When Serena retires, there will be a statue built of her thanks to her dominance.
Women in mixed martial arts (MMA) were not as celebrated as they are today and that’s mostly thanks to Ronda Rousey’s impact. The former judo Olympian took to cage fighting right away, and in a short space of time, she was the UFC champion. Before Ronda, there wasn’t that much interest in female fighting, but she brought it to the mainstream thanks to her long reign as champion.
Not only was she blowing everyone out of the water, often finishing fights within minutes, but she was also headlining pay-per-views. MMA is one of the fastest-growing sports and Rousey was there at the beginning of the most recent explosion in popularity, leading the way for others to follow.
Babe Didrikson Zaharias
Babe Didrikson Zaharias was not only a leader in one sport, she was dominant in two. The first rose to fame after starring as a track and field athlete, taking two gold medals at the 1932 Olympic games in the 80m sprint and javelin.
Her real love was golf though, and after she retired from the track and field, she found herself on the golf course. Zaharias ended up winning ten of golf’s majors, but her talents didn’t end there. The athlete was also a fan of baseball and played the sport for a while, registering the farthest ever throw by a female player.
These female athletes have paved the way for others to follow thanks to their dominance and are the most impressive throughout history.