Russian Women Sportspersons

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Throughout history, there have been many Russian women sportspersons who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great Russian female sportspersons such as Anna Kournikova, Maria Sharapova, Anastasia Bryzgalova, Daria Gavrilova, Ekaterina Gordeeva.
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 1 
Maria Sharapova
(One of Ten Women, and the Only Russian, to Achieve the Career Grand Slam)
Maria Sharapova
25
Birthdate: April 19, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Nyagan, Russia
One of Time’s 30 Legends of Women's Tennis, Maria Sharapova, the first Russian woman tennis player to top the singles rankings, earned three doubles and five Grand Slam titles. A failed drug test led to her temporary suspension. She bounced back with modeling and launched her confectionary brand Sugarpova.
 2 
Anna Kournikova
(Russian Former Tennis Player and One of the Best-Known Tennis Stars Worldwide)
Anna Kournikova
9
Birthdate: June 7, 1981
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Anna Kournikova was once world no. 8 in singles tennis rankings, in spite of never having won a singles title. She was no. 1 in doubles, teaming up with Martina Hingis. Following her retirement from tennis due to a spinal issue, she became a popular TV personality.
 3 
Kamila Valieva
(Figure skater)
Kamila Valieva
28
Birthdate: April 26, 2006
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kazan, Russia
 4 
Olga Korbut
(Soviet Former Gymnast and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Olga Korbut
4
Birthdate: May 16, 1955
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Grodno, Belarus

Olga Korbut is a former gymnast who represented the Soviet Union in two Olympic Games, winning four gold medals and two silver medals. Nicknamed the Sparrow from Minsk, Korbut also participated in the 18th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships where she won two gold medals and four silver medals. In 1988, she was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame. 

 5 
Sofia Kenin
(Tennis Player)
Sofia Kenin
7
Birthdate: November 14, 1998
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Sofia Kenin is an American tennis player who won her first Grand Slam title in 2020 when she defeated Garbiñe Muguruza in the Australian Open. By virtue of her Australian Open triumph, Sofia Kenin received the prestigious WTA Player of the Year award in the same year. She is renowned for her persistent determination and mental toughness.

 6 
Yulia Lipnitskaya
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Birthdate: June 5, 1998
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Yekaterinburg, Russia

Yulia Lipnitskaya stunned her fans with the news of her retirement at the tender age of 19. Apparently, she had been struggling with injuries and anorexia. The Russian professional figure skater won an Olympic gold at 15, thus becoming the youngest Russian gold medalist in history.

 7 
Elena Rybakina
(Tennis player)
Elena Rybakina
3
Birthdate: June 17, 1999
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Born in Moscow, Elena Rybakina initially played for Russia, but began representing Kazakhstan when she found herself at no. 175 in the global rankings. Now WTA no. 17, she is known for her powerful serve and her towering 6-foot frame. She also excelled in ice skating and gymnastics as a child.

 8 
Alina Kabaeva
(Politician)
Alina Kabaeva
13
Birthdate: May 12, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tashkent, Uzbekistan
 9 
Anna Shcherbakova
(Figure skater)
Anna Shcherbakova
56
Birthdate: March 28, 2004
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
 10 
Becky Hammon
(Basketball player)
Becky Hammon
6
Birthdate: March 11, 1977
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rapid City, South Dakota, United States
 11 
Alexandra Trusova
(Figure Skater)
Alexandra Trusova
81
Birthdate: June 23, 2004
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ryazan, Russia
 12 
Ekaterina Gordeeva
(Figure skater)
Ekaterina Gordeeva
133
Birthdate: May 28, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
 13 
Evgenia Medvedeva
(Former Competitive Russian Figure Skater)
Evgenia Medvedeva
3700
Birthdate: November 19, 1999
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Evgenia Medvedeva is a Russian figure skater who has won two silver Olympic medals, two World Championship gold medals, and two European Championship gold medals. At the 2017 World Championships, Medvedeva became the first 16-year-old female skater after Michelle Kwan to win back-to-back world titles. Evgenia Medvedeva is also the first skater to achieve two Grand Slams in a row. 

 14 
Yelena Isinbayeva
(Pole vaulter)
Yelena Isinbayeva
3
Birthdate: June 3, 1982
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Volgograd, Russia
 15 
Alina Zagitova
(Russian Figure Skater and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Alina Zagitova
2832
Birthdate: May 18, 2002
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Izhevsk, Russia

Alina Zagitova is a Russian figure skater who has won one gold medal each in Olympic Games, World Figure Skating Championships, European Figure Skating Championships, and Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final; she is the only female figure skater from Russia to have achieved this feat. At the 2019 Glamour Russia Awards, Alina Zagitova was named Sportswoman of the Year.

 16 
Alena Kostornaia
(Figure skater)
Alena Kostornaia
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Birthdate: August 24, 2003
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Moscow
 17 
Daria Kasatkina
(Tennis player)
Daria Kasatkina
3
Birthdate: May 7, 1997
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tolyatti, Russia

Daria Kasatkina is a Russian professional tennis player who has won four WTA Tour titles in singles and one title in doubles. The daughter of athletes, she started playing tennis when she was six. She pursued the sport professionally and excelled, making her top-ten debut in the WTA rankings in the 2018 season. She is openly bisexual. 

 18 
Svetlana Boginskaya
(Former Artistic Gymnast for the Soviet Union and Belarus)
Svetlana Boginskaya
6
Birthdate: February 9, 1973
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Minsk, Belarus

Known as the Belarusian Swan, Svetlana Boginskaya started off as a figure skater before moving on to gymnastics at age 6. By 14, she was part of the Soviet national gymnastics team. The three-time Olympic champion is now settled in Texas and owns businesses that provide gymnastics camps and apparel.

 19 
Aliya Mustafina
(Artistic gymnast)
Aliya Mustafina
5
Birthdate: September 30, 1994
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Yegoryevsk, Russia
 20 
Nataliya Kuznetsova
(Russian Professional Female Bodybuilder )
Nataliya Kuznetsova
3
Birthdate: July 1, 1991
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chita, Russia

Russian powerlifter Nataliya Kuznetsova was introduced to bodybuilding at 14, when she had started visiting the gym on the persistence of her father, who wished to boost her self-confidence. The world bench press, armlifting, and deadlift title holder is openly bisexual but also flaunts her love for her husband

 21 
Ekaterina Makarova
(Russian Former Professional Tennis Player and Olympic Gold Medallist)
Ekaterina Makarova
3
Birthdate: June 7, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Introduced to tennis at the tender age of 6, Ekaterina Makarova later became world no. 1 in doubles and no. 8 in singles. The four-time Grand Slam winner has also earned a gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics with Elena Vesnina. She is known for her signature left-handed slice serve.

 22 
Larisa Latynina
5
Birthdate: December 27, 1934
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kherson, Ukraine
 23 
Elena Mukhina
(Gymnast)
Elena Mukhina
3
Birthdate: June 1, 1960
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: December 22, 2006
 24 
Svetlana Khorkina
5
Birthdate: January 19, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Belgorod, Russia
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Svetlana Kuznetsova
(Russian Professional Tennis Player)
Svetlana Kuznetsova
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Birthdate: June 27, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia

Russian tennis star Svetlana Kuznetsova is known for her two Grand Slam wins in both the singles and the doubles categories. She created history by becoming the first Russian to earn a US Open title. She has a star cyclist mother, Galina Tsareva, and an Olympic medalist brother, Nikolay Kuznetsov.

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Margarita Mamun
(Rhythmic gymnast)
Margarita Mamun
4
Birthdate: November 1, 1995
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
 27 
Elena Vesnina
(Russian Professional Tennis Player and Olympic Gold Medallist)
Elena Vesnina
3
Birthdate: August 1, 1986
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lviv, Ukraine

Four-time Grand Slam champion Elena Vesnina has also earned two Olympic medals, which were, unfortunately lost in a theft in 2021. She has consistently been one of the top-ranked doubles players and went back to the tennis court at age 34 after a hiatus following her pregnancy.

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Ludmilla Tourischeva
2
Birthdate: October 7, 1952
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Grozny, Russia
 29 
Yelena Shushunova
2
Birthdate: May 23, 1969
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: August 16, 2018
 30 
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
(Russian Professional Tennis Player and Olympic Gold Medallist)
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
3
Birthdate: July 3, 1991
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Samara, Russia

The current no. 1 in Russia, tennis player Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova soared to fame with her mixed doubles gold medal win at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. She also earned her first Grand Slam singles final spot at Roland-Garros the same year. A prodigy, she made her Grand Slam debut with Wimbledon at 15.

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Yana Kunitskaya
(Mixed Martial Artist)
Yana Kunitskaya
3
Birthdate: November 11, 1989
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Murmansk, Russia
 32 
Dina Averina
(Gymnast)
Dina Averina
3
Birthdate: August 13, 1998
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Zavolzhye, Russia
 33 
Mariya Lasitskene
3
Birthdate: January 14, 1993
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Prokhladny, Russia
 34 
Irina Slutskaya
(Figure skater)
Irina Slutskaya
10
Birthdate: February 9, 1979
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
 35 
Dinara Safina
(Russian Tennis player)
Dinara Safina
3
Birthdate: April 27, 1986
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Born into a well-known Russian tennis family, with a coach mother and a tennis-club director father, Dinara Safina was destined to take up the sport as a career option. She and her brother, former world no. 1 Marat Safin, made history by becoming the first brother-sister duo to top world tennis rankings.

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Tatiana Volosozhar
(Pair Skater)
Tatiana Volosozhar
7
Birthdate: May 22, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dnipro, Ukraine
 37 
Yekaterina Lisina
3
Birthdate: October 15, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Penza, Russia
 38 
Elena Dementieva
(Russian Former Professional Tennis Player)
Elena Dementieva
5
Birthdate: October 15, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Elena Dementieva is a Russian former tennis player who won the singles gold medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. She has 16 WTA singles titles to her name and was also part of the Russian team that won the 2005 Fed Cup. She reached a career-high ranking of world No. 3 in April 2009. 

 39 
Irena Szewińska
2
Birthdate: May 24, 1946
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: June 29, 2018
 40 
Ekaterina Rybolovleva
(Businessperson)
Ekaterina Rybolovleva
3
Birthdate: June 4, 1989
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Perm, Russia
 41 
Eteri Tutberidze
(Russian figure skating coach who works mainly with single skaters)
Eteri Tutberidze
0
Birthdate: February 24, 1974
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
 42 
Arina Averina
(Gymnast)
Arina Averina
2
Birthdate: August 13, 1998
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Zavolzhye, Russia
 43 
Yuliya Yefimova
3
Birthdate: April 3, 1992
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Grozny, Russia
 44 
Maria Kirilenko
(Russian Former Professional Tennis Player)
Maria Kirilenko
3
Birthdate: January 25, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Maria Kirilenko is a Russian former professional tennis player who won six WTA singles titles and 12 doubles titles. She was a semifinalist at the 2012 London Olympics, where she lost to Belarusian player Victoria Azarenka. She reached her career-high ranking of world No. 10 in June 2013. She is married to Alexei Stepanov and has two children. 

 45 
Vera Zvonareva
(Tennis player)
Vera Zvonareva
3
Birthdate: September 7, 1984
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Vera Zvonareva is a Russian tennis player with 12 WTA Tour singles titles, including the 2009 Indian Wells Masters, to her name. She has also won five Grand Slam titles in doubles. She started playing tennis as a child and turned professional in 2000. She has degrees in physical education and international economic relations. She is married to Alexander Kucher. 

 46 
Anna Kalinskaya
(Tennis player)
Anna Kalinskaya
3
Birthdate: December 2, 1998
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Anna Kalinskaya is a Russian professional tennis player who won the girls' doubles event at the 2016 Australian Open, partnering with Slovak tennis player Tereza Mihalíková. She has won seven singles and nine doubles titles on the ITF Circuit. She played her first Grand Slam event as a professional player at the Australian Open in 2017. 

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Lyudmila Rudenko
(Chess player)
Lyudmila Rudenko
3
Birthdate: July 27, 1904
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lubny, Ukraine
Died: February 28, 1986

Ukrainian chess player Lyudmila Rudenko made history by becoming the second world women’s chess champion. Though she had begun playing chess as a child, she took it up seriously while on an economic planning meeting in Moscow. She also evacuated countless children during the Siege of Leningrad.

 48 
Julia Apostoli
(Tennis player)
Julia Apostoli
3
Birthdate: August 13, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Julia Apostoli is a Soviet-born former professional tennis player. She has represented both the Soviet Union and Greece internationally. The daughter of football player Sergei Salnikov, she was introduced to sports as a child. She made her debut with the Soviet Union Fed Cup team in 1980.  She won a gold medal in women's doubles at the 1984 Friendship Games. 

 49 
Tatiana Gutsu
(Gymnast)
Tatiana Gutsu
2
Birthdate: September 5, 1976
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Odesa, Ukraine
 50 
Anastasia Potapova
(Tennis player)
Anastasia Potapova
3
Birthdate: March 30, 2001
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Saratov, Russia

Anastasia Potapova is a Russian tennis player. She started playing as a child and is a former junior No. 1. She emerged as the 2016 Wimbledon Championships girls' singles champion after defeating Dayana Yastremska from Ukraine in the final. She made her debut in a Grand Slam tournament in 2017. She played in the 2021 Abu Dhabi Women's Tennis Open.