Today’s sporting world is packed with female athletes who are absolutely excelling in their respective fields. And while some of these sportswomen are household names and others relative unknowns, all of them are undoubtedly world class – whether they’re a record-breaking race car driver or a medal-winning martial artist.
40. Serena Williams
Who better to start the list with than possibly the world’s most famous sportswoman? Serena Williams has spent over 300 weeks as the top-ranked female tennis player on the planet, has earned more than three dozen major trophies and is one of the few players to have ever won four Grand Slams in the same year. She’s also achieved huge success on the doubles circuit thanks to her partnership with sister Venus, who is a world-conquering champion in her own right.
39. Danica Patrick
Danica Patrick has helped to break down barriers as a professional racing driver; in 2008 she became the first ever female to win an IndyCar Series race, for instance. Four years after that, Patrick joined Shawna Robinson in the exclusive club of women to have achieved pole position in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. And in 2015 she surpassed the record set by Janet Guthrie for the highest number of Sprint Cup Series top-ten spots achieved by a female driver.