Serena Williams has made multiple appearances on Time's most influential list. (Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
Serena Williams made TimeMagazine's list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Williams, a 17-time Grand Slam champion and current world No. 1, was also chosen in 2010.
Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade was tapped to write about Williams. Here's a snippet from Wade's essay:
Serena is a friend, but I also look up to her as a fellow athlete. I respect her relentless work ethic, focus, drive and discipline. I understand what it’s like to sustain injuries and the fight it takes to come back from them. I admire her ability to fight and how she has defied the odds with sheer determination and heart.