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John Buckle/Pool/Getty ImagesSerena Williams and Monica Seles (1993) are the only tennis players who have won best female athlete at the ESPYS.Tonight at the ESPYS (ESPN, 9 ET), Serena Williams looks to become the first three-time winner of the best female athlete award. Williams, who has won 16 Grand Slam singles titles in her career, already has won seven career ESPYS, including five for best female tennis player. Gymnast Gabby Douglas, swimmer Missy Franklin and basketball player Brittney Griner are the other nominees for best female athlete. Williams, who is one of three nominees for best female tennis player – along with Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka -- can also become the most decorated woman in ESPNYS history. Former golfer Annika Sorenstam, who was named best female golfer six times and best female athlete twice, is the current record-holder with eight. Besides Sorenstam (2005-06) and Williams (2002-03), skier Lindsey Vonn (2010-11) and soccer player Mia Hamm (1998 and 2000) also have won the best female athlete award twice.
Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty ImagesBrandi Chastain, who turns 45 on July 21, scored 30 international goals, but none sweeter than the strike that won the 1999 Women's World Cup.Brandi Chastain. Mia Hamm. Briana Scurry. Julie Foudy. Kristine Lilly. Michelle Akers. And the rest of the 1999 U.S. women’s soccer team, this day is for you. Fourteen years ago today, on July 10, 1999, American soccer players transformed into legends in front of a women’s sports-record 90,185 hysterical fans at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. After a scoreless 90 minutes of regulation and two 15-minute overtime periods, the United States beat China to win the Women’s World Cup 5-4 on penalty kicks. Chastain kicked the game-winner, setting off a celebration that will go down as one of the most iconic moments in women’s sports history. After making the United States the first nation to win the Women’s World Cup on its home soil, the team became national celebrities as it visited the White House, appeared on the cover of national magazines and set off a new soccer craze in the country.
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Jamie Squire/Getty ImagesAbby Wambach brings 155 career goals into today's game against Canada.Abby Wambach is hoping that her 33rd birthday is just one of many things she celebrates today. The striker and her national-team teammates take on Canada today for the first time since their epic clash in the semifinals of the Olympics last summer. Wambach tied that game at 3-3 with a penalty kick in the 80th minute. The Americans went on to claim their fourth gold medal and Canada took home the bronze. Finally, Wambach stands just three goals shy of tying Mia Hamm for the U.S. scoring record.
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