The 23-time champion of Grand Slam Serena Williams and japan’s Naomi Osaka has been named among the 10 most influential women in sport by 2020 iSportconnect. Williams, 38, is ranked in the Top 10 in the world and pursues its title number 24 in Grand Slam tennis.
It has also become an important entrepreneur with investments in several companies and has been supporting the cause of working mothers since his return to tennis as a mother. Osaka has won 2 Grand Slam titles and has become an icon in Japan and around the world after his breakthrough at the US Open in 2018.
The panel to choose from the list included Anna Lockwood, head of global sales of Telstra, Sally Hancock, managing partner of And Sport and former chair of Women in Sport, Aarti Gave, former head of the media rights of communication of the ICC and iSportconnect CEO. Sree Varma.
Serena Williams was quoted on the list for the “chosen due to its overall impact both on the court, as arguably the best player of all time, but also as an entrepreneur”. Osaka was chosen for its ‘two titles slam and has become a feminine voice, strong and a social presence in the sport’.
Others on the list included (in no particular order) –
Simone Bill, gymnast: currently one of the best athletes in the world and a voice for women in the sport. Megan Rapinoe, a soccer player: someone who is never afraid to say what they think and talk about social issues and has become a prominent figure in women’s sport, particularly after his incredible campaign for the fifa Women’s World Cup 2019. Ellie Norman, Director of Marketing and Communications, Formula 1 – One of the greater voices in one of the global organizations in the larger sport and a true leader, in a sport dominated by male stereotypes. Cathy Engelbert, commissioner of the WNBA: after overseeing his first season as commissioner of the WNBA in 2019, will seek to continue with the continued growth of the league this summer. Fatma Samoura, Secretary General, FIFA – A key figure in one of, if not the largest organization within the sport, for many years has been, and continues to be, a leader for women with the objective of practicing the sport. Mary Davis, CEO, Special Olympics: Davis has led the Special Olympics as CEO from 2016 but has been involved with the organization for many years in a variety of roles since leaving full-time education. Clare Connor, Managing Director – Cricket Female, ECB – A legendary player who captained his country during his career, Connor has spent several years in the space of government while continuing to develop the game of cricket for women and girls in the United Kingdom. She recently spearheaded a new campaign to transform the sport. Nita Ambani, owner, indians of Mumbai: Ambani has led his franchise to indians of Mumbai to become the most successful in the history of IPL and has been involved in many sports projects in a variety of sports in the country. The list of the top 10 was preselected from a set of 25 women named above.
India’s Sania Mirza was the other tennis player, not got to the final 10. The Director of Strategic Planning and Operations of the Club England Sally Bolton was also on the list of 25. Here is a list of those who did not make the final cut.
Jeanie Buss, President, THE Lakers. Kim Davis, EVP of Social Impact, Growth Initiatives and Legislation, NHL. Marie Donoghue, Vice president of Video Sports, Amazon. Mithali Raj, Captain, Cricket Team of Indian Women. Debbie Jevans CBE, chief executive, EFL. Sinead El Sibai, Senior Vice president, Marketing, Dubai Duty Free. Sally Bolton, Director of Strategic Planning and Operations, AELTC. Nathalie Boy de la Tour, President, LFP Johanna Wood, Chair, New Zealand Football. Florence Hardouin, General Manager, French Football Federation. Sania Mirza, tennis player, India. Michele Roberts, Executive Director, National Association of Basketball Players. Roxana Mărăcineanu, Minister of Sports of France. Amaia Gorostiza, President, SD Eibar. Lesa France Kennedy, ceo of International Speedway Corporation.