Serena Williams says she doesn’t need an official WTA ranking to know who the top women’s tennis player on the planet is, and neither should anyone else [click here to see our gallery].

We all know who the real number one is,” the second-ranked player told a news conference at the Italian Open on Monday. “Quite frankly, I’m the best in the world.”

Williams, who was due to face Swiss Patty Schnyder in her opening match in Rome, felt she could back up her claim because she owns 10 grand slam singles titles while the tally of current No. 1, Dinara Safina, stands at zero [click here to read].

Asked which opponent she feared most, the Williams quipped: “Probably myself. I always beat myself.”

One thing Serena can’t beat is that monster that follows her everywhere she goes. Check the photos below:

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