Australia has always been known for it's love of sport and the succcess it achieves on the global stage, however traditionally, the media has focused on the achievements of male sporting stars, in particular the AFL, NRL, Wallabies, Socceroos and Boomers. More recently though, this focus has been forced to shift as the achievements of Australia's female sporting stars have captured the limelight with a series of stunning individual and team victories.
Samantha Stosur, who this morning won the US Tennis Open, her first victory in a Major Tournament, is just the latest in a growing list of Australian women who dominate their chosen sport. Listed below is the full list of high achieving females;
Samantha Stosur – Currently ranked No. 7 in the World, Stosur's rise since finishing Runner-Up at last year's French Open has been rapid and today's 6-2 6-3 smashing of Serena Williams ensures she will go down as a champion of Australian Tennis. To put things into perspective, whilst Stosur is ranked 7th in the World, the best of the Australian males is Bernard Tomic at No. 60. Another woman of interest is Jamila Gajdosova who is currently ranked No. 30.
Sally Pearson – The Australian hurdler recently added a World Championship Gold Medal to her commonwealth Games Gold and her Olympic Games Silver Medal. In doing so, she proved herself to be the best current-day Australian athlete and with London 2012 approaching, it'd be great to see her continue the red-hot form and add an Olympic Gold Medal to her buldging collection.
Liz Cambage – The 6'8 Australian rookie had a fantastic start to her WNBA career, averaging 11.5 points and 4.7 rebounds per game for the Tulsa Shock. In addition to this, Cambage appeared in the WNBA All-Star game, scoring 13 points and taking 4 rebounds. Still just 20-years-old, Cambage has a massive career ahead of her.
Australian Female Swimmers – At the 2011 Shanghai World Swimming Championships, Australia performed much worse than expected overall, winning just 16 medals. However just under 75% of these (11 of 16) were won by the females swimmers, ensuring they played their part. The best of which was Alicia Coutts who won 2 Silver and 1 Bronze.
Australian Diamonds (Netball) – After defeating arch-rivals New Zealand 58-57 in the Final, the Australian Netballers once again claimed the World Title, their tenth of thirteen. Statistically, the girls are without a doubt the most successful national team in the history of Australian sport.
Australian Matildas – The best female soccer players in Australia qualified for the Quarter-Finals of the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup in July, after winning two of their three group matches, the best result ever for the Matildas.
With Australian women stealing the limelight and out-performing their male counterparts in Tennis, Soccer, Athletics, Swimming and Basketball, the pressure is well and truly on the men to lift their game!