Serena Williams has got one more reason to smile this season because she has just been named the Sports Illustrated magazine Sportsperson of the year.
Serena Williams continued her impressive domination in the game of tennis this year with three grand slam wins. The only blemish was her “shocking” loss to Roberta Vinci at the US Open (which many blame on the “Drake curse”).
Serena’s place on the throne of Sports was heralded with a stunning fierce, daring, and seemingly nonchalant look on the cover of the Sports Illustrated magazine latest issue which is so lovable.
Serena Williams also racked up 700 wins in 2015 and became the first person since Steffi Graf in 1990 to hold the top ranking for two consecutive years.
Talking about why they picked Serena as the Sportsperson of the Year, SI says:
“In the end, as you already know, we chose Serena Williams, and even amid such a rich collection of finalists, she was a decisive choice. Sports Illustrated honors her dominance in 2015, when she won 53 of her 56 matches, three of the four Grand Slam events and built the most yawning ranking points gap between her and her closest competitor in tennis history. We honor her, too, for a career of excellence, her stranglehold on the game’s No. 1 ranking and her 21 Grand Slam titles, a total that has her on the brink of Steffi Graf’s Open Era Slam record, which Williams will likely eclipse by mid-summer.”
“But we are honoring Serena Williams too for reasons that hang in the grayer, less comfortable ether, where issues such as race and femininity collide with the games. Race was used as a cudgel against Williams at Indian Wells in 2001, and she returned the blow with a 14-year self-exile from the tournament. She returned to Indian Wells in ’15, a conciliator seeking to raise the level of discourse about hard questions, the hardest ones, really. Williams, S.L. Price writes in his cover story in the Dec. 21 issue, “proffered an open hand. Far past the time that anyone expected it, she demonstrated a capacity for change—innovation if you will. She’s groping for answers and realizing she has much to learn.”
Without a doubt Serena Williams is one of the greatest personalities to ever grace the tennis court and this accolade is totally well deserved.