Monday, June 11, 2012
40 greatest female athletes: Serena Williams
Serena Williams has won more than $36 million in career prize money -- a record in women's sports -- plus tens of millions in off-court earnings.
ESPN is marking the 40th anniversary of Title IX by unveiling the top 40 female athletes of the past 40 years.
Serena Williams won her first Grand Slam singles title when she was just 17, at the 1999 U.S. Open.
In 2002-03, Williams won four in a row -- the Serena Slam -- becoming just the fifth woman to hold all major titles at once.
And despite injuries, surgeries and setbacks, Williams, the No. 10 woman in ESPN's countdown, has won a total of 13 majors and has remained the most feared women's player on the planet for more than a decade.
"I think she'll be known for her intensity," says Pam Shriver, a former top-10 player and now an ESPN analyst. "When she is at her most dominant, she might be the most intimidating player ever."