2015 has been a pretty immense year for women’s sport with a number of sports becoming more exposed in the main stream.
Here, we take a look at the top 5 women in sports from 2015.
It is hard to remember a year when Serena Williams wasn’t at the top of the tennis game. In an era when women’s tennis has taken competitiveness to a new level with more world class players fighting for the major tournaments every year it is even more impressive that Williams has remained at the pinnacle for so long. Particularly with a wealth of other top names such as Simona Halep, Maria Sharapova, and Agnieszka Radwanska playing in their prime in the major tournaments.
In 2015, she added the Australian Open, French Open, and Wimbledon to her list of honors and narrowly missed out on winning the US Open to complete an unprecedented calendar year grand slam of majors. She now has 21 major title wins to her name and is still regarded as one of the most marketable female sports players in the world with endorsements including major brands such as Nike, Gatorade, Delta Air Lines, Pepsi, and Aston Martin.
The Women’s US National Soccer Team came to the forefront of the public’s attention during their run to glory in the 2015 Women’s World Cup that was hosted by Canada. Three goals from Carli Lloyd in the first 16 minutes set the US on their way to their first World Cup win since 1999 with a 5-2 victory over Japan. Morgan was a vital player for the US during this tournament as she scored in the knockout stages to help take her side through to the final.
At just 26 years of age she has already earned 99 caps for her national side and scored 56 goals. She enjoyed a fantastic season with club team Orlando Pride and her brilliant year was rounded off by becoming the first female player to be on the cover of the EA Sports FIFA computer game series.
It feels as if American professional poker player Vanessa Selbst has been around forever on the poker scene but the 31 year old still has many years left in the industry. She already has three World Series of Poker bracelets to her name along with 8 final table finishes and 20 money finishes at the prestigious annual poker event.
As of 2015, Selbst had managed to accumulate over $11.7 million in tournament winnings. This makes her the highest earning female poker player of all time. This year alone she has won $1.1 million in earnings to increase her stock as the most successful female poker to have ever played the game putting her ahead of illustrious players including Kathy Liebert, Annette Obrestad, and Liv Boeree.
Like many pro players, Selbst is a high profile figure on the online poker scene. With players like her winning such huge sums, more and more amateur players are flocking to sign up too. Have a look at PokerSites.ca if you’re interested in becoming the next poker millionaire!
Combining mixed martial arts, good looks, and heaps of charisma is not an easy thing to do at the best of times but UFC fighter Ronda Rousey has managed to blend those three attributes with relative ease to become the most famous female UFC fighter of all time.
Rousey’s 2015 saw her successfully defend her UFC Women’s Bantamweight title twice against Cat Zingano and Bethe Correia. She also made a guest appearance at Wrestlemania XXXI and won a host of awards recognizing her personal achievements within UFC including the ESPN Best Female Athlete of the Year and the UFC Best Submission of the Half Year. Unfortunately, her year ended on a sour note when she lost her UFC Women’s Bantamweight title to Holly Holm at UFC 193.
Golf has long been a sport that was dominated by men in the mainstream with players such as Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, and Rory McIlroy hogging the limelight. However, over recent years, as more and more golf clubs adjust their outdated and archaic rules to allow more female players to get involved the female game is going from strength to strength.
One of those females to benefit from the increase in popularity and exposure of women’s golf is American professional golfer Stacy Lewis. The 30 year old has two major tournaments to her name after she won the 2011 Kraft Nabisco Championship and the 2013 Women’s British Open. She has also won the LPGA Player of the Year twice since turning professional in 2008. She has amassed total earnings of $6.4 million including $2.4 million in competition prize money and $4 million from endorsements from major brands such as Mizuno, KPMG, Omega, and Bridgestone.