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Power Take: Serena Williams deserving of top-echelon status

Ten years ago, many deemed Serena Williams a has-been who let the chance at greatness slip away.

Today, the debate about Williams isn’t whether she’s the greatest tennis player in history. It’s whether she deserves to be considered one of the greatest athletes of all-time (which she does).

It’s funny how life works.

Right when everyone wrote off Williams’ chances of ever regaining what she once was before injuries and personal issues derailed her initial reign of dominance, she is once again tennis’ most dominant player.

Williams has proven she’s in the Michael Jordan class when it comes to mental toughness and will to win in matching Steffi Graf for most Grand Slam singles titles (22) in the Open era.

Since being deemed washed up with a world ranking near 100, Serena has gone on to win 15 Grand Slam titles. Since turning 30, she’s won nine times. To put that accomplishment into perspective, hall of famers Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Billie Jean King and Margaret Court captured a total of nine Grand Slam singles titles combined after turning 30.

Don’t forget, Serena even managed to overcome a life-threatening pulmonary embolism along the way.

Not bad. Not bad for a has-been.