Twelve years after Althea Gibson's death, bestowing our nation's highest civilian honor on the African-American tennis and golf legend would finally do justice to her legacy, and add just the third female sports figure to the illustrious list.
Serena Williams won her 19th major title Saturday at the Australian Open to move into a tie with Helen Wills Moody in third place on the all-time list. We rewind all 19 Grand Slam titles in Williams' historic career.
Goran Ivanisevic won one Wimbledon title in his colorful tennis career, but the big-serving Croatian believes he might have won even more if he'd had an ex-player as his coach, like many of the top competitors do today.
Not only is the 34-year-old American back in contention at a major, but after beating Agnieszka Radwanska in the fourth round, a resurgent Venus Williams will take on Madison Keys, the protege of her old rival Lindsay Davenport.
Madison Keys upset two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova after Madison Brengle knocked out Coco Vandeweghe on Saturday. And that means there are four Americans in the final 16 at the Australian Open.