The Economist released a top 15 “star power” ranking that shows who are the most famous female athletes in the world. The ranking looks as follows:
- Serena Williams
- Maria Sharapova
- Naomi Osaka
- Simone Biles
- Lindsey Vonn
- Megan Rapinoe
- Alex Morgan
- Michelle Wie
- Simona Halep
- Samantha Kerr
- Angelique Kerber
- Kim Sei-young
- Sofia Goggia
- Bethany Hamilton
- Amanda Nunes
Serena Williams’ husband comments on her influence
After Serena Williams announced her retirement, Serena Williams’ husband Alexis Ohanian evidenced his wife’s impact on people in a social media post. “I've seen over the last 7 years how much y'all love my wife—what she means to so many, worldwide.
It's unlike anything I've ever seen. Plenty of folks have told me "how Reddit changed their life," but the scale & impact of "how Serena changed my life" stories absolutely dwarfs it. And that's just the stuff I hear when people come up to me to say hi.
You simply cannot overstate the breadth and depth of influence she's had on so many people. As far as I can tell, she has no idea. Serena Williams doesn't think about it, or even realize it,” Alexis Ohanian wrote.
At the US Open, Serena Williams, a 23-time Major champion, will retire from tennis. Serena made the announcement in her story for the September issue of Vogue, claiming that she had to do it even though she detested every second of it.
"I have never liked the word retirement. It doesn't feel like a modern word to me. I've been thinking of this as a transition, but I want to be sensitive about how I use that word, which means something very specific and important to a community of people.
Maybe the best word to describe what I'm up to is evolution. I'm here to tell you that I'm evolving away from tennis, toward other things that are important to me,” Serena’s retirement message reads partly.