2019 World's Most Famous Women in Sports

Serena Williams was ranked the most popular female athlete in 2019, as whe was in 2018. Below are the world's most popular women athletes for 2019. Only those that made the top 100 of the world's most popular ('famous') athletes list are listed. The ranking is based on a formula using the factors of online searches, endorsements and social media followers.



Top-10 Most Famous Female Athletes of 2019

Here is the top most famous female sports people for 2019, taken from the top 100 list published by ESPN. This year only three females made the top 100 of all athletes (last year there were 10). Tennis player Serena Williams was also the top ranked female athlete in 2018.

rank Name Sport Nationality Search Endorse-
ments ($million)
Followers (million) overall rank in 2019 rank in 2018
1 Serena Williams Tennis USA 37 18.11 10.8 17 12
2 Maria Sharopova Tennis Russia 5 17 14.6 37 21
3 Sania Mirza Tennis India 2 2.13 12.4 93 >100
4 Caroline Wozniacki Tennis Denmark 8 6.3 3.1    
5 Saina Nehwal Badminton India 1 2 8.0    
6 Venus Williams Tennis USA 3 10 2.2    
7 Lindsey Vonn Skiing USA 16 4.8 1.6    
8 Simona Halep Tennis Romania 12 4.7 1.5    
9 PV Sindhu Badminton India 1 8 2.6    
10 Chloe Kim Snowboarding USA 10 7.5 0.69    

Source: the female athlete data is extracted from ?? and the 2019 ESPN World Fame 100



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