After conquering her illness and injury, Serena Williams, the star of tennis world now has been named Sports Illustrated‘s 2015 Sportsperson of the Year.
- The winner of 3 Grand Slam titles (Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon before losing at the U.S. Open) dominated women’s tennis this year. Williams is the first individual woman to be selected to the honor since track champion Mary Decker in 1983.
About Serena Williams
The 34-year-old American is the first female athlete honored by the magazine in more than 30 years.
- Williams was ranked No. 1 throughout 2015.
- She have total of 21 Grand Slam singles titles in her bags, one behind Steffi Graf.
- She is the only tennis player to have won singles titles at least six times in three of the four Grand Slam tournaments.
- She is also the only tennis player to have won 10 Grand Slam singles titles in two separate decades.
- She has won an all-time record 12 Grand Slam singles titles on hard-court.
- Williams holds the Open Era record for most titles at the Australian Open (6) and shares the record for most titles at the US Open with Chris Evert (6).
- She has won 13 Grand Slam doubles titles with her sister Venus Williams and the pair is unbeaten in Grand Slam tournament finals.
- Williams is also a five-time winner of the WTA Tour Championships.
According to Forbes, Serena Williams was the second-highest-paid female athlete in 2015.