Nike Crowns Serena Williams 'Greatest Athlete Ever' in Stunning New Ad

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Serena Williams' long list of accomplishments make it impossible to not include her name in the discussion of greatest athletes ever. The 34-year-old has won a record-tying 22 Grand Slam titles and just surpassed Roger Federer's record of 308 Grand Slam wins. The most impressive part is she isn't done yet.

Nike made a solid statement on their stance with a new clip that outlines the obstacles she's overcome to get back on top and ends by calling her "greatest athlete ever." The moniker is a corrective to anyone who might qualify her achievement by calling her the greatest female athlete ever.

On screen, a series of words flash. Nike provided this guide to understand the meaning behind each of them.

  • Compton—Serena Williams swung her first racket at the age of 3 in Compton, Calif., soon after her family moved from Michigan.
  • Sister, Outsider—Along with her sister, Williams proved that precocious talent always trumps preconceptions.
  • Pro—Williams turned pro in 1995, when she was 14.
  • #304—Two years later, with a ranking of 304, she beat two top 10 opponents and became the lowest-ranked player in history to achieve this feat.
  • Winner—In 1999, she claimed her first slam and rose to No. 4.
  • Top 10—The following two years, for the first time, she ranked in top 10.
  • Paris, London, New York—In 2002, Williams took Paris, London and New York—plus the No. 1 ranking.
  • Melbourne—A 2003 victory in Melbourne solidified her first "Serena Slam."
  • Injured—Injury briefly derailed William's game but never her drive. She dropped to No. 139 in 2006, struggled with confidence and critics labeled her obsolete.
  • Struggling—Williams responded by winning Melbourne in 2007, as an unseeded player, completing the year among the sport's top 10.
  • No. 169—After another bout of injury, she declined to 169, but quickly battled back and resumed her ascent.
  • Done, comeback, focused—In 2013, she became the oldest player ever to earn the rank of No. 1.
  • No. 1—Williams held the top spot through 2014—the second woman to retain it for a full year—and took her sixth title in New York.
  • Legend—Today, she is revered as the greatest and her influence transcends the game of tennis.
Watch the clip below.


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