Serena William Named SI Sportsperson Of The Year Of 2015

| December 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

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This photo provided by Sports Illustrated shows the cover of the 2015 “Sports Person of the Year” magazine issue, featuring tennis player Serena Williams. (Yu Tsai for Sports Illustrated via AP

Congratulations to Serena Williams as she is selected by Sports Illustrated to be their prestigious Sportsperson of the year for 2015.

This year Williams continued to chase the history books as she completed her second “Serena Slam” (winning all four majors in a row) by winning the 2015 Wimbledon Championships – her 6th Wimbledon and 21st Grand Slam singles title overall.

On October 5, Williams surpassed Chris Evert for third-most weeks ranked world no. 1. Williams held the no. 1 ranking the entire season for the second consecutive year, finishing there for the fifth time in her career. She was also voted WTA Player Of The Year for the seventh time in her career.

Her total of 21 Grand Slam singles titles is third on the all-time list behind Margaret Court (24) and Steffi Graf (22), and second in the Open Era, behind only Graf. She is the only tennis player – female or male – to have won singles titles at least six times in three of the four Grand Slam tournaments. She is also the only tennis player to have won 10 Grand Slam singles titles in two separate decades. She has won an all-time record 12 Grand Slam singles titles on hardcourt.

Sports Illustrated reveals why she was chosen below”

“She was a difference-maker in other areas, speaking out against bodyshamers in both words and actions, posing for the Annie Leibovitz–shot Pirelli calendar in only a bikini bottom. The cover shot of this issue? Her inspiration, intended, like the Pirelli shots, to express her own ideal of femininity, strength, power. Her curiosity was ravenous, as she enrolled in an online history of civil rights class at UMass, guest-edited the October issue of Wired and announced her return to Indian Wells in an essay in SI’s sister publication, Time.

She is not perfect, and assorted confrontations with, and perceived slights of, tournament officials, opponents and the public at large will find their way into her narrative, this one included. But as a performer, as a doer, as a symbol, no one extended themselves and embraced the best (and worst) the sports world has to offer quite like Serena Williams, champion, 2015 Sportsperson of the Year.”

Serena Williams post her acceptance of the award on Instagram:

“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. 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”

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