Top female athletes of all time

Published On: Jun 22 2012 02:09:05 PM EDT   Updated On: Jun 22 2012 02:09:18 PM EDT

Title IX gave women more opportunities in higher education and, most notably, high school and collegiate athletics. As the 40th anniversary of the legislation's passing approaches on June 23, take a look at the top female athletes of all time.

Martina Navratilova Buenos Aires 2009
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2. Martina Navratilova. Billie Jean King calls Navratilova "the greatest singles, doubles and mixed doubles player who's ever lived." In 30-plus years of professional tennis, Navratilova amassed more singles titles (167) and doubles titles (177) than any woman or man in the Open Era.

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