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Top 10 Inspirational Female Athletes

Male athletes usually take the spotlight, whether for their looks, their out-of-this-world athletic ability or their indiscretions. Here is a list of 10 inspiring, beautiful, record-breaking female athletes. If you think there’s another female athlete that deserves to be on the list, leave a comment below!

1. Lisa Leslie

Lisa Leslie proves that the WNBA is just as hardcore and legit as the NBA. Her basketball skills rank up there near the likes of Michael Jordan. In 2002, she became the first woman to dunk a ball in a WNBA game. Her record-setting didn’t stop there. In 2009, Lisa became the first player to score 6,000 points in a career. Her positive, can-do attitude inspires us all.

2. Michelle Wie

Michelle Wie started golfing professionally at the young age of 16, but has been playing golf since she was just 4-years-old. This golf prodigy has set unbelievable records in golf and has amassed a great deal of endorsement deals and hype, attracting fans from all over. And not only is she athletic, she’s smart too. She attended Stanford University (although she dropped out to focus on golf).

3. Bethany Hamilton

Bethany Hamilton is the youngest, and possibly the most inspiring, athlete on our list. This 20-year-old surfer is best known for surviving a shark attack where she lost an arm, and for her struggle to overcome the accident and get right back on that surfboard. Her strength through hard times and her perseverance for a sport she loves is what makes her not just an inspirational female athlete, but an American icon.

4. Danica Patrick

Danica Patrick is truly a woman in a “man’s sport.” Nascar racing is dominated by men, but Danica managed to set a record in 2008 as she became the first woman to win an IndyCar race. She certainly gives all of the male race car drivers a run for their money. Besides being a force to be reckoned with on the race course, this beautiful athlete has topped many lists of hottest celebs, including FHM’s ‘100 Sexiest Women in the World.’ A woman that can maintain her femininity while still being a strong athlete? We love it!

5. Jennie Finch

Batter up! Jennie Finch is one of the most recognizable softball players of all time. Her pitching skills helped lead the US Team to win a gold medal in the 2004 Olympics and silver at the 2008 Olympics. She brought a femininity to the sport that didn’t really exist before. While she retired in 2010 to focus on her family, she remains a pop culture icon for not only her athletic ability, but her beauty, grace and humility.

6. Michelle Kwan

A two-time Olympic medalist, a five-time World champion, and a nine-time U.S. champion, Michelle Kwan has taken the sport of figure skating by storm. She single-handedly brought figure skating to the spotlight, infusing it with the respect it deserved. She is the epitome of a graceful athlete, showing artistry and femininity as she glides skillfully around the ice rink.

7. Dara Torres

Winning twelve Olympic gold medals for swimming in her career is pretty impressive, but what’s more impressive is that Dara Torres won three of those silver medals in the 2008 Beijing Olympics when she was 41-YEARS-OLD and the mother of a 2-year-old. Dara proves that moms won’t quit and can still achieve all of their goals!

8. Mia Hamm

We know ‘bend it like Beckham’ has a certain ring to it, but we prefer, ‘bend it like Hamm.’ This outstanding soccer player was named FIFA World Player of the Year in 2001 and 2002. At the age of 19, she became the youngest American woman to win a World Cup championship. She retired in 2004 to raise a family, but she made her stamp as one of the best American soccer players in history, male or female.

9. Chris Evert

Chris Evert is a former world number 1 pro tennis player. Like many of the other athletes on the list, she’s broken records left and right. Her career win-loss record in singles matches is the best of any pro player in tennis history. She’s topped numerous “Best Female Athlete” lists, and was even named fourth on Tennis Magazine’s “40 Greatest Players of the Tennis Era.” In 1990, she had the honor of playing tennis with the president, George H.W. Bush, at Camp David. (Read Modernmom’s exclusive interview with Chris Evert!)

10. Gabrielle Reece

If there’s one woman who can do it all, it’s Gabrielle Reece. She is a pro volleyball player, actress, sports announcer, model, writer, and most importantly, a mother. This beautiful athlete has won a ton of volleyball tournaments and has been a spokeswoman for major companies like Nike. She does it all, while maintaining her beauty and charm.

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Tennis Exercises to Improve Your Game

Barbell Squats are perhaps the most effective exercise at working your lower body.  As you probably know, tennis relies heavily on lower body strength to zip you around the court during a strenuous match.  Focus on going down slowly and exploding upwards.  Do not allow your knees to buckle in, as this is just asking for injury.

Dumbbell lunges are a great way to work your lower body, especially your glutes and hamstrings.  These muscles are vital in a sport like tennis.  Focus on slowly lowering yourself before coming up in a nice, controlled manner.  To really work these muscles, go as heavy as you can with the weights, while still maintaining your form.

Reverse dumbbell flys are fantastic for building up the muscles of the rear delt and upper back.  These are the muscles that are utilized when you strike the tennis ball with your racket.  The more muscular strength you have in this area, the more power you will develop on your shot.  Do these sitting down on a bench with your head tucked in.  Raise your arms as high as possible, then slowly lower them.

Sprints are a great way to get and/or stay in tennis shape.  Lay out some cones, or markers where the red dots are on the court.  Sprint forward during the red line portions, and sprint as fast as you can backwards during the yellow line portions.  Do this sprint routine for a total of 3 minutes, then rest for 2, then repeat 2 more times.

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