Serena Williams picked as AP Female Athlete of the Year for third time

By Daniel S Levine,

Tennis superstar Serena Williams was picked as the Associated Press’ Female Athlete of the Year for the third time in her legendary career. She had a stellar 2013, winning two more Grand Slams and became the oldest No. 1 in the Women’s Tennis Association rankings.

Williams, 32, had a 78-4 record, earning 11 titles. That includes wins at the French Open and U.S. Open, and she now has 17 career Grand Slam victories. She also went on a 34-match winning streak, the longest since sister Venus’ 35-match streak in 2000, notes The Associated Press.

CBS Sports notes that this is the third time that Williams has been named the AP’s Female Athlete of the Year. She previously earned the title in 2002 and 2009.

“Whenever I lose, I get more determined, and it gives me something more to work toward,” she told the AP before the U.S. Open. “I don't get complacent, and I realize I need to work harder and I need to do better and I want to do better — or I wouldn't keep playing this game.”

Williams ran away with the award, earning 55 of 69 votes, beating college basketball star Brittney Griner and swimmer Missy Franklin.

The AP will announce the male Athlete of the Year. Actress Jennifer Lawrence won the AP Entertainer of the Year earlier this week.

image: Wikimedia Commons


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