Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams Amongst the Most Tweeted About Female Athletes in 2020

Published 12/08/2020, 12:10 AM EST
Serena Williams of the United States celebrates winning her Women’s Singles third round match against Sloane Stephens of the United States on Day Six of the 2020 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)


For the last 25 years, Serena Williams has been the only dominant force on the women’s tour. Having won 23-Grand Slam singles titles, Williams’ tenacity and resilience have been a vast source of inspiration for aspiring tennis kids. Hailing Williams as her childhood idol, the 3-time Grand Slam champion, Naomi Osaka, has all the elements to become an all-time great.

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK: Serena Williams of the United States returns the ball during her Women’s Singles quarterfinal match against Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria on Day Ten of the 2020 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Recently, an interesting statistic made the rounds on Twitter, which stated the Top-10 most tweeted about female athletes in the year 2020 worldwide. Having recently claimed her second US Open title, Osaka has been the most tweeted about female athlete in 2020.

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Osaka has witnessed her celebrity status sky-rocketing over the last three years and also topped Williams to become the highest-paid female athlete of 2020. Being the first Asian player to achieve the No. 1 ranking in singles, Osaka is also known for her activism on and off the court.

Serena Williams grabs the second spot

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The American claimed the second spot in the list of the Top-10 most tweeted about female athletes in 2020. Eyeing to equal Margaret Court’s record of winning 24 major championships, Williams has lost in her last four Grand Slam final appearances.

Williams’ long-time rival, Maria Sharapova, grabbed the 7th spot on the list. Despite having retired in February this year, Sharapova continues to be one of the most talked-about female athletes on Twitter. She is the only Russian to hold the coveted Career Grand Slam and has featured in multiple fashion assignments because of her supermodel looks.

Maria Sharapova of Russia practices ahead of the 2020 Brisbane International at Pat Rafter Arena on in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Tertius Pickard/Getty Images)

Having won her last Grand Slam at the 2014 Roland Garros, Sharapova’s lingering shoulder injuries became a big obstacle to her game. Boasting a Twitter followership of 8.5 million, Sharapova often updates her fans on her travels and promotes her premium chocolate brand, Sugarpova.

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Kshitij Tayal

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Kshitij Tayal is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having played district-level tennis competitions, Kshitij is also a tenured journalist of the sport with over four years of experience. At EssentiallySports, he pens down some thought-provoking pieces on players and tournaments across the ATP and WTA.

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