Serena Williams ready to put stamp on greatest female athletic career

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Fifteen years after she won her first U.S. Open singles title as a 17-year-old, Serena Williams will try to win her sixth on Sunday. If she does, if she defeats a rejuvenated Caroline Wozniacki to win the 18th Grand Slam singles title of her career, it will be time to pose a serious sports question:

Is Williams the greatest female athlete of all time?

Or, perhaps better said: Isn’t she already?

Williams has been at or near the top of her sport longer than almost any other athlete, male or female, has ever been at or near the top of his or hers. She has earned more prize money – over $56 million – than any female athlete, ever. She has been ranked No. 1 on six separate occasions, including now. She is the most recent player, man or woman, to hold all four Grand Slam singles titles simultaneously (she did it in 2002–03).

And this sport that she’s dominating? It’s the most competitive sport women play, with stellar athletes coming out of the woodwork all over the globe, something that just doesn’t happen (at least not yet) in most women’s sports.

Others certainly have dominated tennis. The names are legendary: Martina Navratilova, Steffi Graf, Chris Evert and Billie Jean King, among others.

is Williams the greatest female athlete of all time?

Or, perhaps better said: Isn’t she already?

Williams has been at or near the top of her sport longer than almost any other athlete, male or female, has ever been at or near the top of his or hers. She has earned more prize money – over $56 million – than any female athlete, ever. She has been ranked No. 1 on six separate occasions, including now. She is the most recent player, man or woman, to hold all four Grand Slam singles titles simultaneously (she did it in 2002–03).

And this sport that she’s dominating? It’s the most competitive sport women play, with stellar athletes coming out of the woodwork all over the globe, something that just doesn’t happen (at least not yet) in most women’s sports.

Others certainly have dominated tennis. The names are legendary: Martina Navratilova, Steffi Graf, Chris Evert and Billie Jean King, among others.