LeBron James and Serena Williams have spent the past decade dominating their sports and have been recognized as the Associated Press’ Athletes of the Decade.
Williams, who has 23 Grand Slam singles titles in her career, won 12 of them from 2010-2019. Those titles include four at Wimbledon, three at the U.S. Open, three at the Australian Open, and two at the French Open. She also spent more than three years as the top-ranked tennis player in the world.
The past ten years weren’t without controversy for the outspoken star. Williams found herself at the center of several arguments with tournament officials over her wardrobe and was seen as a voice of women’s empowerment for speaking up about the issues.
“When the history books are written, it could be that the great Serena Williams is the greatest athlete of all time… I like to call it the ‘Serena Superpowers’ — that champion’s mindset. Irrespective of the adversity and the odds that are facing her, she always believes in herself,” said Stacey Allaster, chief executive for professional tennis at the U.S. Tennis Association.
LeBron James defined winning during the past decade. He went to eight straight NBA Championship series with two different teams. He led all players in scoring from 2010-2019 and won more games and MVP awards than any other player.