In a statement, Sports Illustrated Group Editor Paul Fichtenbaum announced, “Serena has made a very strong case as not only the greatest tennis player of her generation but of all time, and after the string of performances she put together in 2015, she is one of the most dominant athletes playing today.”
Which is all true. The 34-year-old female tennis superstar has had one of the most vigorous years during her tennis career in 2015. She snagged her 19th, 20th, and 21st Grand Slam titles, in addition to defeating sister Venus Williams at the U.S. Open. Despite physical injuries and health obstacles, she held the #1 ranking the entire season, for the fifth time in her career.
Since track star Mary Decker in 1983, Williams became the first female athlete to be honored with the title. “This year was spectacular,” Williams said in a statement. “For Sports Illustrated to recognize my hard work, dedication, and sheer determination with this award gives me hope to continue on and do better. As I always say, it takes a village — not just one person. This is not just an accomplishment for me, but for my whole team and all my fans. I am beyond honored.”
— Sheika Daley (@OfficialSheiks) December 14, 2015
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