Serena Williams' Journey to Being the Greatest Athlete of All Time

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Sports fans are always debating who deserves the title of GOAT — or Greatest Of All Time. Athletes like LeBron James and Sue Bird, who have both won four championship titles, are undoubtedly two of the greatest basketball players of all time. Meanwhile, in boxing, icon Muhammad Ali has been dubbed "The Greatest." Although the internet will certainly try, it’s difficult to compare athletes across sports and land on a single GOAT. But, if we had to land on someone, it might just be tennis icon Serena Williams.

Back in 1995, Williams began her professional career at just 14 years old, and, since then, she’s earned a staggering 23 Grand Slam titles and four Olympic gold medals. But it’s not just Williams’ accolades that make her an incredible athlete, activist, businessperson and role model. Although Williams' star power will be conspicuously absent from this year's U.S. Open — she withdrew from the tournament on August 25 due to a knee injury sustained during Wimbledon 2021 — she’s looking to empower women athletes in a whole new way