Tennis Identity

Serena Williams named Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of the Year

The tennis superstar dominated the sport by winning three major titles and completing her second “Serena Slam” – Serena Williams won four consecutive Grand Slam titles dating back to the 2014 U.S. Open. She won 53 of her 56 matches, was ranked No. 1 every week for the second consecutive year, and is now one short of Steffi Graf’s record of 22 Grand Slam singles titles in the Open Era.

Serena Williams is Sports Illustrated's 2015 Sportsperson of the Year

The 34-year-old Williams accomplished all this while battling a string of injuries, producing one of the greatest late-career runs in the history of any sport.

Williams was also a force off the court, making a powerful statement by returning to play a tournament at Indian Wells, Calif., for the first time since 2001, when she was greeted there with boos and, her family has charged, racist slurs. Williams used her return as an opportunity to speak out against injustice and called her decision to play at Indian Wells her “greatest moment in tennis.”

“This year was spectacular,” said Serena Williams. “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.”

What will 2016 bring? We can’t speak for her, but Serena might say: “Bring it ON.”

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