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Is Serena Williams the greatest female athlete of all time?

Last month as I was watching the US Open Tennis Tournament and match after match I watched Serena Williams win. At 34 years old she is still the number one tennis player in the entire world. I paused a few times and replayed some of her points and I must say I am in awe of her athleticism and power. Without question she is a very gifted athlete.

I kept thinking… is she the greatest female athlete of all time? I realize she hasn’t won the most majors – I believe she is third with 21 behind Margaret Court (26) and Steffi Graf (22) but even in a sport that is traditionally dominated with younger players she seems to be an amazing athlete.

When I have gotten in a debate with some friends about who is the greatest female athlete some names that are included (in alphabetical order) are:

  1. Annika Sorenstam – golf
  2. Babe Didrikson Zaharias – She played a few sports
  3. Bonnie Blair – speed skating
  4. Mia Hamm – soccer
  5. Nadia Comaneci – gymnastics

I realize this list leaves out so many great athletes including Martina and Chrissy who both played tennis and dominated their sport.

  • Who should be in the discussion?
  • Does Serena hands down win the debate?
  • Who is the greatest female athlete of all time?

I look forward to reading your comments.

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