Meet All Laureus Sportswomen of the Year

  • Justine Henin (2008)
    1/17 The Belgian tennis player beat Yelena Isinbayeva (Russia-Athletics), Carolina Klüft (Sweden-Athletics), Libby Lenton (Australia-Swimming), Marta (Brazil-Soccer) and Lorena Ochoa (Mexico-Golf).
  • Laureus Sportswomen of the Year
    2/17 These talents have been recognized as the best female athletes by Laureus World Sports Academy on one or more occasions.
  • Female Excellence
    3/17 Female Excellence
  • Female Excellence
    4/17 Female Excellence
  • Cathy Freeman (2001)
    5/17 The Australian athlete beat Inge de Bruijn (Netherlands-Swimming), Karrie Webb (Australia-Golf) and Venus Williams (USA-Tennis).
  • Kelly Holmes (2005)
    6/17 The British athlete beat Yelena Isinbayeva (Russia-Athletics), Carolina Klüft (Sweden-Athletics), Maria Sharapova (Russia-Tennis), Annika Sörenstam (Sweden-Golf) and Leontien Zijlaard-Van Moorsel (Netherlands-Cycling).
  • Jennifer Capriati (2002)
    7/17 The American tennis player beat Inge de Bruijn (Netherlands-Swimming), Stacy Dragila (USA-Athletics), Annika Sörenstam (Sweden-Golf) and Venus Williams (USA-Tennis).
  • Jessica Ennis (2013)
    8/17 The British athlete beat Allyson Felix (USA-Athletics), Lindsey Vonn (USA-Alpine Skiing), Missy Franklin (USA-Swimming), Serena Williams (USA-Tennis) and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (Jamaica-Athletics).
  • Vivian Cheruiyot (2012)
    9/17 The Kenyan athlete beat Carmelita Jeter (USA-Athletics), Maria Höfl-Riesch (Germany-Alpine Skiing), Homare Sawa (Japan-Soccer), Petra Kvitová (Czech Republic-Tennis) and Yani Tseng (Taiwan-Golf).
  • Yelena Isinbayeva (2009)
    10/17 The Russian athlete beat Tirunesh Dibaba (Ethiopia-Athletics), Lorena Ochoa (Mexico-Golf), Stephanie Rice (Australia-Swimming), Lindsey Vonn (USA-Alpine Skiing) and Venus Williams (USA-Tennis).
  • Annika Sörenstam (2004)
    11/17 The Swedish golfer beat Inge de Bruijn (Netherlands-Swimming), Justine Henin-Hardenne (Belgium-Tennis), Maria de Lurdes Mutola (Mozambique-Athletics), Paula Radcliffe (United Kingdom-Athletics) and Serena Williams (USA-Tennis).
  • Serena Williams (2010)
    12/17 The American tennis player beat Shelly-Ann Fraser (Jamaica-Athletics), Federica Pellegrini (Italy-Swimming), Sanya Richards (USA-Athletics), Britta Steffen (Germany-Swimming) and Lindsey Vonn (USA-Alpine Skiing).
  • Lindsey Vonn (2011)
    13/17 The American alpine skier beat Kim Clijsters (Belgium-Tennis), Jessica Ennis (United Kingdom-Athletics), Blanka Vlašić (Croatia-Athletics), Serena Williams (USA-Tennis) and Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark-Tennis).
  • Yelena Isinbayeva (2007)
    14/17 The Russian athlete beat Justine Henin (Belgium-Tennis), Carolina Klüft (Sweden-Athletics), Laure Manaudou (France-Swimming), Amélie Mauresmo (France-Tennis) and Maria Sharapova (Russia-Tennis).
  • Serena Williams (2003)
    15/17 The American tennis player beat Janica Kostelić (Croatia-Alpine Skiing), Annika Sörenstam (Sweden-Golf) and Paula Radcliffe (United Kingdom-Athletics).
  • Janica Kostelić (2006)
    16/17 The Croatian Alpine Skiing beat Kim Clijsters (Belgium-Tennis), Tirunesh Dibaba (Ethiopia-Athletics), Yelena Isinbayeva (Russia-Athletics), Carolina Klüft (Sweden-Athletics), Paula Radcliffe (England-Athletics) and Annika Sörenstam (Sweden-Golf).
  • Missy Franklin (2014)
    17/17 The American swimmer beat Serena Williams (USA-Tennis), Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (Jamaica-Athletics), Yelena Isinbayeva (Russia-Athletics), Tina Maze (Slovenia-Alpine Skiing) and Nadine Angerer (Germany-Soccer).