One of the greatest athletes of all time in tennis, Venus Williams became a game-changer ever since she stepped into the spotlight. Along with her younger sister Serena, Williams is credited with introducing a new era to women’s professional tennis, promoting power and athleticism. The California-native has a very, very long list of accomplishments. To sum it up, Williams has 49 career titles, including seven Grand Slam Singles, 14 Grand Slam Doubles with sister Serena, two Grand Slam Mixed, and four Olympic gold medals.
Venus has been ranked number one by the Women’s Tennis Association for 19 weeks (11 in singles, and 8 in doubles). When this gold medalist first reached number one at the age of 21, she became the first African American woman to do so in the Open Era. In short, this athlete is the definition of women crushing the game.
Sabrina Ionescu is a California-born athlete, who has already made a huge impact on aspiring school and college female athletes at a very young age. After excelling in school basketball—where she played for Miramonte High School—Ionescu moved to represent the University of Oregon Ducks. According to Ducks coach Kelly Graves, Ionescu’s influence was so great that attendance at the college’s games had dramatically increased—it rose from an average of 1,500 attendees to more than 10,000 in her senior season.
The point guard left her college years behind with a few remarkable titles, including NCAA All-Time Leader in Career Triple Doubles, and first NCAA player with 2,000 career points, 1,000 assists, and 1,000 rebounds. In 2020, Ionescu joined the New York Liberty, where she became the youngest player in WNBA history to record a triple-double. Ionescu’s career highlights include winning the FIBA Americas U16 Championship and FIBA U17 World Cup with the national team.
California’s Olympic Gold Medalists