(Tessa Virtue/Twitter)

We’ve all been wowed by her award-winning performances, and along with her partner Scott Moir, Tessa Virtue has become a beloved household name in Canada…

…and the world is quickly catching on as to why.

Tessa holds the number 16th rank on ESPN’s most recent report of the 25 most famous female athletes in the world, and we can’t say we’re surprised!

“With partner Scott Moir, Canadian ice dancer Tessa Virtue became figure skating’s most decorated Olympian by securing two more gold medals at the Pyeongchang Games,” writes ESPN’s Elaine Teng.

“Their steamy free dance to “Moulin Rouge” set the internet ablaze with fevered speculation about whether the two are a couple in real life, a question Ellen DeGeneres tackled head-on in an interview on her show. (Sorry, world, they said no.) Since the Olympics, Virtue and Moir have been enjoying a victory lap around Canada, touring with Stars on Ice, hanging out with Drake at a Raptors game and making plans for the future. Let’s all hope it’s with each other.”

To come up with the rankings, three fame factors are taken into account: the athletes’ Google trend score, endorsement dollars, and social media following.

Of course, if we were making this list, Tessa would be somewhere in the top 5, but we admit to a certain level of bias in this case. So we bow down to ESPN’s far more impartial judges who compiled the list.

Here are the top 25 most famous female athletes in the world:

  1. Serena Williams, USA, Tennis
  2. Maria Sharapova, Russia, Tennis
  3. Venus Williams, USA, Tennis
  4. Sania Nehwal, India, Badminton
  5. Caroline Wozniacki, Denmark, Tennis
  6. Simona Halep, Romania, Tennis
  7. Alex Morgan, USA, Soccer
  8. Fu Yuanhui, China, Swimming
  9. Lindsey Vonn, USA, Skiing
  10. Michell Wie, USA, Golf
  11. Victoria Azarenka, Belarus, Tennis
  12. Sania Mirza, India, Tennis
  13. Garbine Muguruza, Spain, Tennis
  14. Danica Patrick, USA, Motorsports
  15. Ding Ning, China, Table Tennis
  16. Tessa Virtue, Canada, Figure Skating
  17. Simone Biles, USA, Gymnastics
  18. P.V. Sindhu, India, Badminton
  19. Angelique Kerber, Germany, Tennis
  20. Alina Zagitova, Russia, Figure Skating
  21. Agnieszka Radwanska, Poland, Tennis
  22. Evgenia Medvedeva, Russia, Figure Skating
  23. Aly Raisman, USA, Gymnastics
  24. Paige VanZant, USA, MMA
  25. Jwala Gutta, India, Badminton

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