Most Dominant Athlete
The topic of who is the most dominant athlete is a reoccurring discussion between sports fans but what does one consider dominant?
LeBron has been the best basketball player in the world since 2009, but has a 2-4 record the NBA Finals. Floyd Mayweather is 49-0, and has dominated the scorecards but not his opponents, only 26 knockouts in his career. Tiger Woods seems to be passed his time, last victory in a major coming in 2008 at the U.S Open.
So who is the most dominant athlete in the world? Just know my pick is not a male.
Ms. Serena Williams won her 4th straight major and 6th Wimbledon title Saturday morning, after she defeated Garbine Muguruza 6-4 6-4. This is the second time in Serena's career that she has won all 4 majors consecutively, repeating her accomplishment from 2002-2003.
Serena is the oldest women to win a grand slam title in the Open Era (started in 1968), turning 34 September 20th. It's hard to say that she has lost a step since completing the Serena Slam when she was 21 because she looks to be better and more feared at the prime age of 34.
Serena is currently on a 28-match win streak in Majors, only 6 away from surpassing her personal best of 33 back in 02-03. Her last lost came against Alize Cornet (6-1, 3-6, 4-6) in her 3rd match of the 2014 Wimbledon. This year's Wimbledon victory is Serena's first since 2012 when she defeated Agnieszka Radwanska 6-1, 5-7, 6-2.
The 21-year old Muguruza, playing in her first Majors Finals, is now 3-1 against Serena. The young Spaniard gave Serena her most shocking lost in 2014, when she knocked out Serena in the 2nd round of the French Open. Even though she gave the young Mugurza praise, I'm sure Serena made sure that she proved to Muguruza that she is still the most feared athlete in the world.
Serena now looks to become the 4th woman to win all 4 Majors in a calendar year this upcoming August at the U.S Open. Steffi Graf, was the last women to do it in 1988, and if Serena can pull-off the calendar year Grand Slam, she will tie Steffi Graf for most Major wins with 22, along with having the most U.S Open titles in the Open Era, tied at 6 with Chris Evert.
While other athletes seem to slow down as they get older Serena continues to get better. Her record in 2015 stands at 32-1, only loss coming against Petra Kvitova in the Madrid Open. Against Muguruza, she completed 12 aces in a row, which left the 21-year old stuck with no answers.
Since 1999, when she won her first Major and U.S Open title (first African-American to win U.S Open since Althea Gibson in 1959), Serena has been on a dominant streak. She is the only female tennis player with at least 6 Grand Slam titles in 3 different Majors, 6 Australian Opens, 6 U.S Opens, and 6 Wimbledon. How many other athletes can you say dominated their sports since the second season of their career?
The only person comparable to that is Tiger Woods, but Tiger has not been able to dominate since the late 2000s. Serena's longevity is reason why I would crown her as the most dominant athlete of this era of sports.
With no sign of slowing down, Serena is only 4 Grand Slam titles away from eclipsing Margeret Court for by a female tennis player.