Serena Williams named Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of the Year

Serena Williams has been named Sports Illustrated's Sportsperson of the Year - the first female to scoop the prize since 1983

Serena Williams has been named Sports Illustrated‘s Sportsperson of the Year.

The American, who won three Grand Slams on her way to a 53-3 record and her seventh WTA Player of the Year award in 2015, is the first female to receive the award individually since track star Mary Decker back in 1983.

“She was the most deserving person for the award. She had an amazing year. The way she won her events; the fact that she’s done this for so many years at such a high level,” said Paul Fichtenbaum, editor of the Sports Illustrated Group.

“She was a terrific candidate in a year of terrific candidates.”

Williams now has 21 career Grand Slam titles to her name, one behind Steffi Graf.

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