African American women in sports

Posted May 19, 2012 by Kiwigirl15
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  1. Serena Williams

    Serena Williams


    Serena Jameka Williams (born September 26, 1981) is an American professional tennis player who is ranked No. 1 in women's singles tennis. The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) has ranked her world No. 1 in singles on six separate occasions. She became the world No. 1 for the first time on July 8, 2002, and achieved this ranking for the sixth time on February 18, 2013. Williams has spent 256 weeks overall as the WTA ranked #1 as of August 30, 2015, placing her 4th on the List of WTA number 1 ranked players. On July 13, 2015 she marked the first time in WTA history that the No. 1 player had more than twice as many points as No. 2. She is the reigning champion of the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, U.S. Open, WTA Tour Championships and Olympic women's singles and doubles.

  2. Venus Williams

    Venus Williams


    Venus Ebony Starr Williams (born June 17, 1980) is an American professional tennis player who is a former World No. 1 and is ranked World No. 11 in singles as of February 1, 2015. She has been ranked World No. 1 in singles by the Women's Tennis Association on three separate occasions, for a total of eleven weeks. She became the World No. 1 for the first time on February 25, 2002, becoming the first black American woman to achieve this feat during the Open Era. She is credited as changing the women's game and ushering a new, modern era of power and athleticism on the women's professional tennis tour. She is also regarded as the best grass court player of her generation and is widely considered as one of the all-time greats of women's tennis.

  3. Jacqueline Moore

    Jacqueline Moore


    Jacqueline DeLois Moore (born January 6, 1964) is an American semi-retired professional wrestler. She is best known for her stint in World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment from 1998 to 2004 as well as working for World Championship Wrestling in 1997-98 and later Total Nonstop Action Wrestling as a wrestler, manager and road agent.

  4. Victoria Crawford

    Victoria Crawford


    Victoria Elizabeth Crawford (born June 30, 1986) is an American model, actress, and professional wrestler currently signed to WWE under the ring name Alicia Fox.

  5. Althea Gibson

    Althea Gibson


    Althea Gibson (August 25, 1927 – September 28, 2003) was an American tennis player and professional golfer, and the first black athlete to cross the color line of international tennis. In 1956, she became the first person of color to win a Grand Slam title (the French Open). The following year she won both Wimbledon and the U.S. Nationals (precursor of the U.S. Open), then won both again in 1958, and was voted Female Athlete of the Year by the Associated Press in both years. In all, she won 11 Grand Slam tournaments, including six doubles titles, and was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame and the International Women's Sports Hall of Fame. "She is one of the greatest players who ever lived," said Robert Ryland, a tennis contemporary and former coach of Venus and Serena Williams. "Martina couldn't touch her. I think she'd beat the Williams sisters." In the early 1960s she also became the first black player to compete on the women's professional golf tour.

  6. Kharma



    Kia Michelle Stevens (born September 4, 1977) is an American professional wrestler currently signed to Total Nonstop Action Wrestling under the ring name Awesome Kong. She is also known by the ring name Amazing Kong and appeared in WWE as Kharma. She is a five-time Women's Champion, having won the TNA Knockouts Championship two times and the WWWA World Championship, NWA World Women's Championship and AWA Superstars of Wrestling World Women's Championship once. Her success is not limited to singles wrestling, as she frequently teamed with Aja Kong to form the tag team W Kong who held tag team championships in four different promotions, along with winning the TNA Knockouts Tag Team Championship with Hamada. She was also ranked first in the inaugural list of Pro Wrestling Illustrated's Top 50 Females.

  7. Chanda Rubin

    Chanda Rubin


    Chanda Rubin (born February 18, 1976) is an American tennis player. Winning seven WTA Tour singles titles, she reached her highest ranking World No. 6 on April 8, 1996, after reaching semifinals at the 1996 Australian Open. Rubin is also former World No. 9 in doubles, winning the Australian Open in 1996 partnering with Arantxa Sánchez Vicario.

  8. Alexandra Stevenson

    Alexandra Stevenson


    Alexandra Winfield Stevenson (born December 15, 1980 in La Jolla, California) is a professional tennis player from the United States. She is a former top-20 player in singles.

  9. Sloane Stephens

    Sloane Stephens


    Sloane Stephens (born March 20, 1993) is an American tennis player who is currently ranked World No. 26 in the Women's Tennis Association singles rankings and has won three singles titles on the WTA Tour.

  10. Briana Scurry

    Briana Scurry


    Briana Collette Scurry (born September 7, 1971) is an American retired soccer goalkeeper. Scurry was the starting goalkeeper for the United States women's national soccer team at the 1995 World Cup (3rd place), 1996 Summer Olympics (gold medal), 1999 World Cup (champions), 2003 World Cup (3rd place), and the 2004 Summer Olympic Games (gold medal). She played in the semi-final and playoff for third place in the 2007 Women's World Cup (3rd place). She was a founding member of the WUSA, playing three seasons as starting goalkeeper for the Atlanta Beat (2001–2003).

  11. Zina Garrison

    Zina Garrison


    Zina Lynna Garrison (born November 16, 1963) is a former professional tennis player from the United States. During her career, she was a women's singles runner-up at Wimbledon in 1990, a three-time Grand Slam mixed doubles champion, and a women's doubles gold medalist at the 1988 Olympic Games. She is currently coaching Taylor Townsend.

  12. Hanna Gabriel

    Hanna Gabriel


    Hanna Gabriel Valle (Alajuela, Costa Rica, January 14, 1983) is a Costa Rican boxer, junior middleweight category, whose career has been highlighted by several international victories.

  13. Trenesha Biggers

    Trenesha Biggers


    Trenesha Biggers (born December 25, 1981) is an American model and professional wrestler who worked for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling as a TNA Knockout under the ring name Rhaka Khan. She also was in the 2005 WWE Diva Search making the top 25 before being eliminated.

  14. Shenay Perry

    Shenay Perry


    Shenay Perry (born July 6, 1984, in Washington DC) is an American professional tennis player. Her career-high WTA singles ranking is No. 40, which she reached on August 28, 2006. Her career-high WTA doubles ranking is No. 97, set at December 8, 2003. Shenay won 9 out of 10 ITF singles finals in her career. She retired from professional tennis in September 2010.

  15. Flo Hyman

    Flo Hyman


    Flora Jean "Flo" Hyman (July 31, 1954 – January 24, 1986) was an American athlete who played volleyball. She was an Olympic silver medalist and played professional volleyball in Japan.

  16. Taylor Townsend (tennis)

    Taylor Townsend (tennis)


    Taylor Townsend (born April 16, 1996) is an American professional tennis player and the 2012 Australian Open girls' singles champion. She is the first American to hold the no. 1 year-end world ranking for junior girls since Gretchen Rush in 1982.

  17. Linda Miles

    Linda Miles


    Linda M. Miles (born August 28, 1978) is an American retired professional wrestler and manager. She worked under the ring name Shaniqua for World Wrestling Entertainment's SmackDown! brand between 2002 and 2004. She co-won the second season of WWE Tough Enough with Jackie Gayda, receiving a one-year contract with the company.

  18. Lucy Diggs Slowe

    Lucy Diggs Slowe


    Lucy Diggs Slowe (July 4, 1885 – October 21, 1937) was one of the original sixteen founders of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, the first sorority founded by African-American women. She was one of the nine original founders of the sorority in 1908 at Howard University. Her legacy of Alpha Kappa Alpha has continued to generate social capital for over 100 years. Transcending the era's limits, Lucy Slowe was a woman of many "firsts".

  19. Shannon Boxx

    Shannon Boxx


    Shannon Boxx (born June 29, 1977) is a member of the United States women's national soccer team, playing the defensive midfielder position. She last played club soccer for the Chicago Red Stars in the American National Women's Soccer League. She won gold medals with the United States at the 2004 Athens Olympics, 2008 Beijing Olympics, and 2012 London Olympics. She has also finished third place or better with the USA at the 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015 FIFA Women's World Cups. She was a finalist for the 2005 FIFA World Player of the Year award, and won an NCAA Women's Soccer Championship with Notre Dame in 1995. Shannon Boxx announced her retirement from international and club soccer after winning the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.

  20. Mashona Washington

    Mashona Washington


    Mashona Washington (born May 31, 1976) is a retired professional tennis player from the United States.

  21. Ahsha Rolle

    Ahsha Rolle


    Ahsha Rolle (born March 21, 1985, in Miami Shores, Florida) is a former professional female tennis player from United States. She began playing tennis when she was nine years old.Ahsha's career high singles ranking is no. 82 which she reached on September 10, 2007, and her career high doubles ranking is no. 111 which she reached on October 17, 2011.

  22. Megan Moulton-Levy

    Megan Moulton-Levy


    Megan Moulton-Levy (born March 11, 1985) is a Jamaican-American professional tennis player. Her career high WTA singles ranking is world no. 237, which she reached on July 6, 2009. Her career high doubles ranking is world no. 50, which she reached on July 22, 2013.

  23. Tina Ellertson

    Tina Ellertson


    Christina "Tina" Ellertson (born May 20, 1982), née Christina Jo Frimpong, is a former American professional soccer defender and former member of the United States women's national soccer team.

  24. Josette Bynum

    Josette Bynum


    Josette "Josie" Bynum (born September 11, 1977) is an American professional wrestler. Bynum is best known for her stint in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling under the name Sojournor Bolt (or "Sojo Bolt" for short). She is also known for her time in both Ohio Valley Wrestling and Shimmer Women Athletes. As of 2011, in Ohio Valley Wrestling she holds the record for most reigns with seven and longest reign - 343 days in the OVW Women's Championship history. She won the title for seventh time after defeating Izza Belle Smothers on August 24, and lost it to Taeler Hendrix on November 12.

  25. Ora Washington

    Ora Washington


    Ora Mae Washington (January 23, 1898 – December 21, 1971) was an American athlete from the Germantown section of Northwest Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, known as the "Queen of Tennis".

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