The Most Powerful Female Athletes Of Our Time

Here are some awe-inspiring women who have proven their mettle in the world of sports.

Grit, stamina and the burning desire to win – there is no dearth of women in the world of sports who can hold their own against all the odds.

Here are just a few of the mightiest women ruling the fields.

Serena Williams: Tennis

Serena Williams

There is no doubt that Serena Jameka Williams is the No. 1 in women's singles tennis. In fact, she has been ranked No. 1 no less than six times since 2008 by the Women's Tennis Association (WTA).

She is the only female player to have won over $60 million in prize money. Williams also holds the most major singles, doubles and mixed doubles titles combined among active players, male or female. Her record of 34 Grand Slam titles puts her seventh on the all-time list. No doubt she is regarded by some experts and former tennis players to be the greatest female tennis player in history.

Ronda Rousey: Mixed Martial Arts

The undefeated Ronda Jean Rousey, better known as “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey, is an American mixed martial artist, judoka and actress.

She is the first and current UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion as well as the last Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Champion.

Rousey is not only a forced to be reckoned with in the ring but out of it as well.

Be it an ill-mannered reporter or an ill-famed professional boxer known for his domestic abuse (we're looking at you, Floyd Mayweather Jr.), she  is willing to take them on any day.

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World Champion professional boxer Manny Pacquiao has no doubt that Rousey can beat Mayweather: "I believe so. She's strong. She's strong enough to beat Floyd Mayweather in MMA."

Danica Patrick: Auto Car Racing

Danica Patrick

“I've never seen myself as a 'girl driver.' I'm just a driver,” says Danica Sue Patrick.

She is the most successful woman in the history of American open-wheel racing. She is the only woman to have won an IndyCar Series (2008).

Patrick is also the first female NASCAR driver to win a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole, turning in the fastest qualifying lap since 1990 and qualifying for the Daytona 500.

Read More About Her: Danica Patrick: I May Have Had False Expectations Of Success

Lindsey Vonn: Skiing

Lindsey Vonn

Lindsey Caroline Vonn is an ace World Cup alpine ski racer on the United States Ski Team with four World Cup championships under her belt.

She won three consecutive titles in 2008, 2009 and 2010, and another in 2012.

Vonn won the gold medal in downhill at the 2010 Winter Olympics, the first ever in the event for an American woman. She has also bagged seven World Cup season titles in the downhill discipline (2008–2013, 2015), five titles in super-G (2009–2012, 2015), and three consecutive titles in the combined (2010–2012).

Impressive, right?

Vonn is one of six women to have won World Cup races in all five disciplines of alpine skiing – downhill, super-G, giant slalom, slalom and super combined. She also has a record of 67 World Cup victories.

Clara Hughes: Cyclist and Speed Skater

A six-time Olympic medalist in cycling and speed skating, Canada’s Clara Hughes is the only athlete in history to win multiple medals in both Summer and Winter Games.

She may be an athlete but she has a heart of a humanitarian. She is involved with Right To Play, an athlete-driven international humanitarian organization that uses sports to encourage youth development in disadvantaged areas. After winning her gold medal in 2006, she donated $10,000 to Right to Play.

In 2010, she was inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame.

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