I am not a fan. I think her tirade at the U.S. Open was terrible and that she's a bad role model for kids.
However, there's no question in my mind she is the best tennis player in the world and she did deserve to be named the AP's top female athlete of 2009. She won the Australian Open and Wimbledon. She clearly had the best season in tennis.
For all the bad things I could say about Serena the one thing I can't knock is her competitiveness and her heart. She never gives up. She never believes she's out of a match, or that she's ever going to lose.
Her drive, and self confidence are what separates her from many other players. She has 11 slams and it's a shame she doesn't have more. She's had her share of injuries and she's been distracted by things off the court, which have kept her from fulfilling her complete potential.
I truly believe she is the most talented player to ever play the game on the women's side. Margaret Court with 24 singles slams and Steffi Graf with 22 are considered the two greatest of all time, but if Serena would have been more focused earlier in her career she would catch Court's 24 slams.
Serena has the biggest serve in the game and knows exactly when she needs to pull it out. I've never seen anyone better at coming up with the goods when they needed it the most.
I think 2010 will be a great year in part because the one person who can challenge Serena - Justin Henin - will be back. It will be great to see the two of them pushing each other and making each other better. Hopefully, they will both stay healthy and on tour for everyone to see.
I think Serena still has plenty left in the tank and I would like to see her reach all the potential she has inside. While I'm not a fan of Serena's, I love the game of tennis and I'm hopeful that this year we will get to see some of the best players to ever play the game, play at their very best.