Okay, okay so most will say Roger Federer should be number one but for me Serena Williams was the top reason for igniting a passion for tennis.
From what I have read around the internet and in various magazines, at times you'd swear she was the devil incarnate.
Maybe I'm blind but I can't see it.
Yes, she went OTT in her abuse at the US Open but we've all made mistakes and she has apologized.
I remember watching the Williams Sister when they first came on the scene and to me Serena is still the same fighter she was back then.
She cruised through to the quarter-final where she met Victoria Azarenka.
A set down and 0-4 down in the second I thought the tournament was over for Williams.
Foolishly I had forgotten her never say die attitude. She battled back to take the next two sets and go through to the semis.
There she overcame a determined Li Na before having too much in the tank for Justine Henin in the final. In doing so she collected her 12th Grand Slam title.
Added to that she also won another doubles title with her sister Venus. In doing so she played an astonishing 13 games along the way.
Her power is brilliant. Her ability to pull an ace out of nowhere is unbelievable. Her mental strength and belief is surreal.
The world seems full of begrudgers: Serena Williams is this and that.
To me she is just the ultimate female athlete.
Lets hope she will be around for many more years because she is the number one reason I'll be tuning in and trying to learn more about the wonderful game of tennis.