AMAZING: Serena Williams Outpasses LeBron James and Others in the List of Sports Prodigies of All Time

Published 04/16/2021, 6:16 AM EDT
LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 10: Serena Williams of the United States celebrates after beating Camila Giorgi of Italy in the ladies’ quarter final at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 10, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)


There are many athletes who give the impression at a very young age that they will become the best in their fields one day. Such child prodigies are very hard to find, but they do exist. ESPN analyzed five such players who were exceptional in their childhood and ranked them. Interestingly, former World No. 1 Serena Williams also finds a place on the list.

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Both Venus Williams and Serena Williams have been phenomenal since their childhoods. The two took inspiration from their dad Richard Williams, who guided and supported them throughout their journey.

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In the video, one can see the renowned TV host and sports journalist, Mike Greenberg, recalling an incident involving the two sisters. He said that when Venus Williams burst on to the scene, she had had an interview where she had said that her younger sister, Serena, was even better than her. Venus’ words seem to have come true, since Serena is the holder of 23 Majors, and is just one shy of equalling Margaret Court’s all-time record.

Serena Williams (L) and Venus Williams touch rackets after Serena Williams defeated Venus Williams 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 during Top Seed Open – Day 4 at the Top Seed Tennis Club on August 13, 2020, in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

The 23-time Grand Slam winner has been a brilliant player since the age of 10 and thus, is a child prodigy. Interestingly, she out passes legends like LeBron James, Wayne Gretzky, and Ken Griffey Jr. who too are magnificent sports prodigies.

Tiger Woods beats Serena Williams to be No. 1 on Green’s list

Without any hesitation, the No. 1 child prodigy, according to Greenberg, was Tiger Woods. He claimed that Woods played golf at the age of three on The Mike Douglas Show. Tiger was hitting the balls quite well and had no fear even though he was just 3-years-old at that time.

ATLANTA, GA – SEPTEMBER 23: Tiger Woods of the United States reacts during the trophy presentation ceremony after winning the TOUR Championship at East Lake Golf Club on September 23, 2018, in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Greenberg mentioned that Woods was winning drive pitch and putt competitions at the age of six. So far, Woods has won 15 majors in golf and has completely revolutionized the sport just like Serena.

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It is true that all these athletes have brought remarkable changes in their respective sports, and it is no wonder that fans enjoy watching them play.

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