Serena Williams Named SI's 'Sportsperson Of The Year'

Entertainment | Camille Travis | 12/14/2015 | 10:00 AM EST

Williams becomes the first female athlete honored individually by SI in more than 30 years

Serena Williams' reign continues.


The tennis phenom has been named Sports Illustrated's "Sportsperson of the Year" after an outstanding year on the court. She becomes the first female athlete honored individually by SI in more than 30 years (the last honoree was runner Mary Decker in 1983).


"This year was spectacular for me. For @SportsIllustrated to recognize my hard work, my dedication, and my sheer determination gives me hope to continue on and do better," Williams wrote on Instagram.


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"As I always say, it takes a village it's not just one person. This is not just an accomplishment for me, but for my whole team. I am beyond honored. I love you guys! 2016? #letsdoit."


In 2015, Williams went 53-3, winning five titles which included the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon. She also remained No. 1 in the WTA rankings all season.


"She was the most deserving person for the award. She had an amazing year," said Paul Fichtenbaum, editor of the Sports Illustrated Group. "The way she won her events; the fact that she's done this for so many years at such a high level. She was a terrific candidate in a year of terrific candidates."

 

(Photo: Yu Tsai for Sports Illustrated; December 21, 2015)

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