There are billions of sports fans around the world and as 328 million of us actively use Twitter every month, there is a huge opportunity for fans to get closer to their favourite female athletes.
At PledgeSports, we work with athletes to raise money, but also raise their online profile and make them more attractive to sponsors and endorsements. However, the list of 10 athletes below is on a whole other level to every other athlete when it comes to social media presence.
Here’s a countdown of the 10 Most Followed Female Athletes On Twitter.
10. Genie Bouchard – 1.3 million
Bouchard burst onto the tennis scene in 2014, becoming the first Canadian-born player representing Canada to reach a singles Grand Slam final.
Since then, the 23-year-old has only grown in popularity and we expect her place on the list of most followed female athletes on Twitter to continue to rise year-on-year.
9. Venus Williams – 1.7 million
One-half of the most famous tennis family ever, older sister Venus is one of the best players to have graced the ladies tennis game, the 37-year-old has 49 career singles titles with 7 of them coming in the form of Grand Slams (5x Wimbledon, 2x US Open).
But is she the most followed Williams sister on Twitter?
8. Ana Ivanovic – 2 million
Although only 29, the former world No. 1 retired from professional tennis at the end of 2016, bowing out of the game with 15 titles and a French Open under her belt.
Since her sole major win at Roland Garros in 2008, Ivanovic has spent a huge amount of time in the tennis limelight and the public eye. A hugely popular character among players and sports fans, Ivanovic’s legacy will live on long in the minds of many, as reflected by her huge Twitter following.
7. Caroline Wozniacki – 2.6 million
Her staying power among the world’s top players, as well as her near-marriage with golfer Rory McIlroy, has made the Dane one of the most followed female athletes on Twitter.
6. Alex Morgan – 3.1 million
In addition to leading America in the Rio Olympics and finishing the season as a suitable nominee for the 2016 Female Soccer Player of the year, Alex joined her teammates to file a claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commissions, accusing the US Soccer Federation of wage discrimination on behalf of the whole US Women’s National Team.
5. Ronda Rousey – 3.4 million
After suffering a shock defeat at the hands of Holly Holm in 2015 meant subsequently losing her Bantamweight belt, Rousey took all of 2016 off from fighting and lived completely out of the public eye. Her return to fighting Decemberber 2016 resulted in a second consecutive loss, this time at the hands on Amanda Nunes.
Still, she remains incredibly popular in UFS and sporting circles, boasting a top 5 spot on the list of most followed female athletes on Twitter.
4. Saina Nehwal – 4.1 million
A former World No.1 singles badminton player, India’s Saina Nehwal has 23 titles to her name, including 10 superseries successes and becoming the first Indian badminton player to win an Olympic medal. Nehwal is hugely popular in India and Asia, boosting her into the top 5 most followed female athletes on Twitter.
3. Sania Mirza – 6 million
Perhaps the most remarkable Indian tennis player and one of the most popular athletes in India, Sania Mirza celebrated 80 consecutive weeks as No. 1 women’s doubles player in the world earlier this year.
It’s no surprise she’s among the top three most followed female athletes on Twitter.
2. Maria Sharapova – 6.1 million
Even a failed drugs test and a subsequent 15-month fan can’t damage the support Sharapova has from sports fans around the world.
The five-time major winner will be hoping for a swift return to the top after her spell on the sidelines saw her slip to 175th in the world.
1. Serena Williams – 8.5 million
At number 1 on our list of most followed female athletes on Twitter is the legendary Serena Williams. Williams won the Australian Open in 2017— beating Steffi Graf’s record of 22 Grand Slam titles which Williams had equalled last summer after lifting Wimbledon.
Furthermore, she set the record for most weeks spent at No.1 in the world with 186.
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