The star tennis player finished just ahead of celebrity musician Kanye West and just behind the New England Patriots. More importantly, Williams is the second highest ranked individual athlete on the list.
The only individual athlete ranked ahead of Williams is NBA superstar LeBron James.
Her success on and off the court makes her the ultimate fan favorite. Williams and the sport of tennis go hand in hand. She will arguably go down as the greatest player, male or female, to have ever played the sport.
Williams transcends the sporting world.
She is not just a tennis player. Williams is a role model for women, an ambassador to tennis and sports in general, a fashion icon, and a pure representation of hard-work and effort personified.
Growing up within the sport of tennis alongside her sister Venus Williams, Serena proved herself every step of the way. She earned everything that she has accomplished on and off the court.
Williams has been world No. 1 on the WTA Tour 6 times, holds 4 Olympics gold medals, and has 22 Grand Slam singles titles to go along with 14 Grand Slam doubles title. She is 2 Grand Slam titles away from tying the all-time record.