June 22, 2017

Serena Williams Wins Third AP Female Athlete of the Year Award

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(December 25, 2013) For the third time, No. 1 Serena Williams has won The Associated Press‘ 2013 Female Athlete of the Year in a vote by news organizations. Williams received 55 of 96 votes in the final AP results tally.

Williams also captured the award in 2002 and 2009.

2013 was a career year for Williams who captured 11 titles including two majors – the French Open and the US Open. Williams went 78-4 on the year which included a 34-match win streak.

Coming in second place was Brittney Griner, a two-time AP Player of the Year in college basketball and the No. 1 overall pick in this past WNBA draft with 14 votes. Swimmer Missy Franklin came in third with 10 votes.

The 17-time major champion Williams begins her 2014 tennis year by playing an event in Brisbane, Australia which begins on December 29.


Serena Williams Wins Fifth WTA Player of the Year Award

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(November 22, 2013) Serena Williams has been named WTA Player of the Year for a fifth time. Williams put together one of the most dominant years of her career, perhaps in tennis history – 11 titles won with two of them majors compiling a 78-4 record winning $12,385,572 in prize money, beating the previous record of $7,923,920 held by current no. 2 Victoria Azarenka.

She moved back into the top position on the WTA tour in February becoming the oldest No. in WTA ranking history.

“Well, obviously the French Open was probably the thing that stands out most,” she told the WTA website. “I really wanted to win that for a number of years now, so that was definitely something exciting. And also being undefeated on clay was pretty exciting too. So my results on clay this year definitely stand out.

“Overall I’ll remember the wins, but I also want to learn from my mistakes so I don’t repeat them.”

Her fifth player of the year award puts the 32-year-old in elite company. Only two other players have won the honor five or more times – Steffi Graf with 8 and Navratilova with 7. 


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