Top 8 sports records held by women

On January 30, Nadal won the Australian Open, which means that he now has 21 Grand Slam titles, more than his two main rivals Federer and Djoko, who have 20 respectively. 21 Grand Slam c t’s not bad, really not bad, but it’s less than Serena Williams, less than Steffi Graf, less than Margaret Court, and that oddly we don’t talk about it.

And it’s the same in a lot of other sports, when you think of athletics, you think directly of Usain Bolt (and you’re right) for the world records he has, when he’s not not the most titled athlete at the worlds in the discipline. Indeed, it is a woman: Allyson Félix.

Here is a list of records held by women, because yes, they deserve to be more highlighted.

1. 24 Grand Slams for Margaret Court

Australian Margaret Court is the MEN and WOMEN athlete combined to have won the most Grand Slam tournaments (24). She is considered one of the greatest athletes in her sport and Serena Williams is trying to break her record of titles before retiring.

We still have a few other records in tennis that are held by women (more on the next point), because tennis is one of the sports that has developed and professionalized quite quickly also on the women’s side.

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2. The records of the Williams sisters

Still in tennis, the Williams sisters have a few records unbeaten by the opposite sex. Serena Williams has won 23 Grand Slam tournaments, and Venus holds the record for most Grand Slam four-table appearances with 85 appearances AND the all-time record for French Open main draw appearances, with 22 holdings.

The sisters also had the opportunity to win many doubles titles, and that’s unique in any sibling.

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3. Allyson Felix, the most decorated athlete at the athletics worlds

Allyson Félix, with 12 titles at the world athletics championships, is the most successful male and female athlete in this competition, ahead of Usain Bolt (11 titles).

She is also the most successful female athlete at the Olympics (7 titles) just behind Bolt who has 8 titles, you can gauge it, it can be measured, and we can say that Felix has nothing to envy to men.

4. Marie-José Perec, best athlete in her discipline (the 400m)

Still in athletics, Marie-José Perec is the first athlete, men and women alike, to have won the title in the 400 meters at two consecutive Olympic Games. she is quite simply the queen of the discipline which makes her one of the great pioneers of the sport.

5. Valentina Vezzali, most decorated Italian athlete

The Italian fencer Valentina Vezzali has the best prize list in the history of world fencing with a record of 35 major titles (6 Olympic gold medals including 3 individual, 16 world titles including 6 individual and 13 European titles including 5 individual).

The Italian has also won 11 World Cups with 76 won events and 20 Italian national titles, in short, she is a master of arms.

6. Ryoko Tani is one of the most successful judokas in sports history

Even if we love Teddy Riner (and I love him too), we don’t often say that he ended up equaling the record for medals at the Olympic Games which was held by a woman: that of the Japanese Ryoko Tani, with 5 medals at the Olympics.

Ryoko Tani is one of the greatest athletes in her sport, her track record surpassing that of almost all other judokas, male and female alike.

7. Brazilian soccer player Marta

Marta is one of the greatest footballers in the history of sport, in 2019 against Italy in the Women’s World Cup in France, Marta who was already the best batsman in the history of women’s world cups beats German player Miroslav Klose’s goalscoring record (16 goals).

And then you’re going to say “it’s not the same level for men and women”, but if we compare the records for women’s and men’s titles at the Olympics or the worlds in other sports, why don’t we couldn’t do it in football? We’re not saying that she runs faster than Mbappé, just that she had scored more World Cup goals than Klose, and that’s just the numbers.

8. Annika Sörenstam, the most successful golfer in history

The Swedish golfer has won 90 tournaments as a professional, making her the most successful golfer in history: 72 victories on the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) circuit and 18 other tournaments worldwide, compared to 85 tournaments won for the great Tiger Wood.

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