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Williams Sisters Top Popularity Poll Among Americans

Williams Sisters By Tennis Week
06/10/2006

They have fallen from the top 10 of the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour rankings, but when it comes to ranking the nation's most popular sports stars Venus and Serena Williams top the list. Reigning Wimbledon champion Venus has reclaimed her spot as America's favorite female sports star followed by sister Serena, who ranked second in a Harris Poll.


Tennis made a strong showing as four of the nation's top 10 favorite female athletes are current or former tennis players: Venus Williams, Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, who ranked eighth and Anna Kournikova who placed ninth in the top 10.

Tiger Woods ended Michael Jordan's 12-year run as the nation's favorite male athlete by taking the top spot for the first time. None of the 10 men in the poll are tennis players.

Harris Interactive surveyed 2,085 American adults (Americans 18 and older) between May 9 and 16 in its annual online poll.

Last year's favorite female athlete, soccer player Mia Hamm, has fallen to number three in this year's list of top-10 female sports stars behind the Williams sisters. The top 10 favorite female athletes among Americans are:
  1. Venus Williams
  2. Serena Williams
  3. Mia Hamm
  4. Michelle Wie (golfer)
  5. Danica Patrick (race car driver)
  6. Michelle Kwan (figure skater)
  7. Annika Sorenstam (golfer)
  8. Maria Sharapova
  9. Anna Kournikova
  10. Sasha Cohen (figure skater)
Interestingly, men ranked Serena as their favorite female athlete, while women selected Venus as their favorite female athlete. In response to the question: "Who is your favorite sports star?", the No. 1 response among the following demographics was:
  • Men: Serena Williams
  • Women: Venus Williams
  • Echo Boomers (those ages 18 to 29): Mia Hamm
  • Generation X (those ages 30 to 41): Serena Williams
  • Baby Boomers (those ages 42 to 60): Venus Williams
  • Matures (those ages 61 and older): Anika Sorenstam
  • East: Mia Hamm
  • Midwest: Michelle Wie
  • South: Venus Williams
  • West: Venus Williams
Three of the five women who ranked among the top 10 in 2005, but dropped out of this year's list include three tennis players: Billie Jean King (was No. 8), Martina Navratilova (was tied with King at No. 8) and Chris Evert (was tied with gymnast Mary Lou Retton at No. 9).

The top 10 favorite male athletes among Americans are:
  1. Tiger Woods
  2. Michael Jordan
  3. Brett Favre
  4. Derek Jeter
  5. Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
  6. Shaquille O'Neal
  7. Kobe Bryant
  8. LeBron James
  9. Jeff Gordon
  10. Barry Bonds
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Here's the link to the HarrisInteractive site

http://harrisinteractive.com/harris_...ex.asp?PID=674

name...............2004..2005..2006
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Venus Williams.......1.....3.....1
Serena Williams......2.....2.....2
Mia Hamm.............3.....1.....3
Michelle Wie.........8....10.....4
Danica Patrick.......*.....*.....5
Michelle Kwan........4.....4.....6
Annika Sorenstam.....5.....6.....7
Maria Sharapova......*.....*.....8
Anna Kournikova......6.....5.....9
Sasha Cohen..........*.....*....10

NOTE: It will mean nothing outside the USA, but Barry bonds is tied at #9 for popularity among the men.

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Anyone living here in the US can't be too surprised by this. The 'other' big name in tennis still has some ways to go before being as known as either sister. All in all it's a win for tennis to have a fair amount representation on these kinds of lists.

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good illustration how surveys reflect the opinions of the uninformed.

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lol @ the men's list. was this poll taken today, or in the late 90s
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good illustration how surveys reflect the opinions of the uninformed.

bitter much?

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bitter about what. you got to be kidden.
American uninformed opinions?

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Wow impressed by the American audience really.
Serena, Venus and Michelle Kwan are by far the most decorated female athletes of our generation. I don't know any other female athletes that have dominated their sport for so long and has such a huge fan following. Not surprisingly, most of the people who like Serena and Venus are the same people who like MK.
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Do you think if the others got as much publicity as the William Sisters and Michelle Wei it would be a different story?

Of course it would!
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bitter about what. you got to be kidden.
American uninformed opinions?
Apparently so!

Otherwise, you wouldn't have wasted the time
to come in here and bitch!
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Do you think if the others got as much publicity as the William Sisters and Michelle Wei it would be a different story?

Of course it would!
It's an American poll and they are American
star players, duh!

And aside from Wei, both sisters did enough
last year and over the years to garner the
popularity and get the publicity.

Wei is just hype right now because of the
potential she shows instead of what she's
actually done.

Salty folks.
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EWWW, PEOPLE PICKED KOBE???

why not? I'm a fan of him .He is not the type of person half of the media wants you to believe.
USA has few star female athletes .
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Tiger Woods is #1 on the male list. This cannot be a good list.

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Kournikova hasn't played or done anything in 3+ years and she's still in the popular lists
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