23. Pam Shriver, tennis

At 16, the McDonogh junior reached the championship round of the 1978 <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="EVSPR000069" title="U.S. Open" href="/topic/sports/tennis/u.s.-open-EVSPR000069.topic">U.S. Open</a> -- its youngest finalist ever -- before losing to <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PESPT002139" title="Chris Evert" href="/topic/sports/chris-evert-PESPT002139.topic">Chris Evert</a>. Once the world's No. 3 singles player, Shriver blossomed in doubles, winning 21 Grand Slam events (including seven Australian Opens, five Wimbledons and, at one point, 109 straight matches) with <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PESPT005347" title="Martina Navratilova" href="/topic/sports/martina-navratilova-PESPT005347.topic">Martina Navratilova</a>. A Hall of Famer, she won gold in doubles at the 1988 Olympics.

( UPI photo / May 1, 2012 )

At 16, the McDonogh junior reached the championship round of the 1978 U.S. Open -- its youngest finalist ever -- before losing to Chris Evert. Once the world's No. 3 singles player, Shriver blossomed in doubles, winning 21 Grand Slam events (including seven Australian Opens, five Wimbledons and, at one point, 109 straight matches) with Martina Navratilova. A Hall of Famer, she won gold in doubles at the 1988 Olympics.

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