Sports Illustrated Names Serena Williams ‘Sportsperson Of The Year:’ First Tennis Athlete Featured After 13 Years!

By Rosella Jane Vargas | 2 years ago
Sports Illustrated Names Serena Williams ‘Sportsperson Of The Year:’ First Tennis Athlete Featured After 13 Years!
Serena Williams Recognized By Sports Illustrated As ‘Sportsperson Of The Year’; First Tennis Athlete Featured After 13 Years

Serena Williams is the one of the most beloved darlings of the crowd in the world of tennis. Her resilience and fighting spirit are just few of the countless reasons why she dominates in the hearts of her fans. Also, her awards are more than enough to prove her feisty game play on the court. To top this all, another feather has been added on her cap by an elite sports magazine.

According to Sports Illustrated, she is named now as their “Sportsperson of the Year.” At 34 years of age, she has bagged three major titles. She showcased her prowess by getting the 3-yr reign in the top seed. Don’t forget too about her 21 Grand Slam singles titles. She has likewise got the record of getting more ranking points as the current world No. 2 now, a feat in the 40 years of WTA rankings history.


Of course, she encountered defeats too in this year but she finds ways to get back on the track. An unexpected loss this 2015 was when she faced Roberta Vinci, seeded at No. 43, and lost in the semifinal game in the US Open.

Williams said, “I didn’t want to necessarily put a fist through a wall—I felt more like, Ah, man, I was so close!. I’ll always think about what I could have done better. Could I have come up on the net? Been more consistent? It’s not anger. It’s analyzing: What can I do next time?”

Globe and Mail reported that the last tennis player featured by Sports Illustrated was Arthur Ashe back in 1992. The last female player who was recognized by the magazine with the same distinction is Mary Decker in 1983.

Serena Williams will definitely earn more achievements in the years to come.

Photo Source: Serena Williams/Facebook

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