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Sports Illustrated names Serena Williams 2015 Sportsperson of the Year

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This is possibly one of the most outstanding years for 32-year-old, North American tennis champion, *Serena Williams*.

After winning multiple grand slams, battling racist comments and numerous health issues all in this single year, among other feats, the athlete came out on top to be chosen as the Sports Illustrated *Sportsperson of the Year 2015*.

She was the *most deserving person* of the award,’ said *Paul Fichtenbaum*, editor of *Sports Illustrated*.

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The Sports Illustrated article informed the readers of a few of her achievements:

Williams, 34, won three major titles, went 53–3 and provided at least one new measure of her tyrannical three-year reign at No. 1. For six weeks this summer—and for the first time in the 40-year history of the WTA rankings—Williams amassed twice as many ranking points as the world No. 2; at one point that gap grew larger than the one between No. 2 and No. 1,000. Williams’s 21 career Grand Slam singles titles are just one short of Steffi Graf’s Open-era record. Such numbers are reason enough for Sports Illustrated to name Serena Williams its 2015 Sportsperson of the Year.

She currently ranks number one, ahead of her rival *Maria Sharapova*.

Serena Williams was born on September 26, 1981, in Michigan, the United States. She is the youngest of five daughters in her family, including her sister, professional tennis star, *Venus Williams*.

Read the Sports Illustrated special on Serena Williams here

Serena Williams is the first woman to win the award since 1983.

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