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Serena Williams Named ‘Sports Illustrated’ Sportsperson of the Year

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Tennis star Serena Williams has amassed, as if she wanted any more accolades to add to her illustrious year. Sports Illustrated has named the 34-year old “Sportsperson of the Year.” A title she undoubtedly earned.

This year on and off the court, Williams made headlines. From a New Year’s Eve dance with Donald Trump (yes, that Donald Trump) to successfully shutting down body shamers to coming within a triumph of the first Grand Slam in 27 years, Williams had an exciting year. But it was always a simple one.

Williams worked more difficult than perhaps ever before, although she won three out of four leading tennis titles this year. She was sick during the Australian Open and fighting the influenza and a sore elbow at the French Open. At Roland Garros, Williams took the lead, lost it, and was compelled to fight from behind.

Her success at Wimbledon notched her her second “Serena Slam”, winning four straight majors in a row, and raised the play leading to the U.S. Open, the final important title of the year. Her triumph at the All England Club, additionally indicated her 21st career major triumph, making her only one behind Steffi Graf, who holds the record for most major triumphs in the Open Age.

But it was’t to be. Williams succumbed to unseeded Roberta Vinci in a major upset at the U.S. Open. With her loss in New York, Williams demonstrated that being on the wrong side of 30, does’t mean she’s slowing down.

Serena Williams succeeds San Francisco Giants pitcher, Madison Bumgarner, as “Sportsperson of the Year.” The last time a girl just held the title was field and track star, Mary Decker, in 1983.

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