Serena and Venus Williams were ranked No. 55 and No. 60, respectively, on a recent Forbes.com list of the most powerful women in the world. I suppose playing tournaments wasn't a factor in the rankings. (Oh, I kid 'cause I love.)
The sisters were the two highest-ranking athletes on the list, which placed First Lady Michelle Obama at No. 1 and Kraft CEO Irene Rosenfeld at No. 2.
Before you become impressed that a tennis player can rank so high on a worldwide rank of women, here are some of the women ranked ahead of the sisters: Lady Gaga (7), Ellen DeGeneres (10), Chelsea Handler (33), Heidi Klum (39), Sarah Jessica Parker (45). (Any club that has Chelsea Handler as a member is not a club that should herald exclusivity.) Not exactly a list of heavy-hitters there.
Although, in reality, Serena and Venus probably belong with the names above rather than the women in traditional power roles like Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Yahoo! CEO Carol Bartz (synergy!). Power can mean many things, which is what makes a list like this so inherently ridiculous. How can you compare making money on the tennis court (Serena) or having your own fashion line (Venus) with running Germany (Angela Merkl) or being painfully, cringe-inducingly unfunny (Handler, again) or being Oprah (Oprah).
The lesson here: Online lists are almost always ridiculous and transparent ploys to get readers and create conversation. (On an unrelated note, check Busted Racquet next week when we'll rank our 10-best tennis-related lists of the year.)