This is so major, Serena Williams! The tennis superstar has been named ‘Sports Illustrated’s’ Sportsperson of the Year, making her the first solo female athlete to win the award in over 30 years! Best of all? She’s celebrating with a super sexy new ‘SI’ cover — See it here!
Can we all take this opportunity to bow down to the queen? After a historic year in which she won three Grand Slam singles titles, Serena Williams, 34, is capping off 2015 with another major victory: Sports Illustrated‘s ‘Sportsperson of the Year’ award! The coveted distinction makes her SI‘s 10th female recipient of the award, and the first solo female athlete to win it in over 30 years! Best of all, she celebrated by posing for the magazine’s latest cover and guys, it’s insanely sexy!
Congrats Serena! The tennis superstar beat out American Pharaoh, the Kansas City Royals and soccer star Lionel Messi for the coveted title this year, and we can’t think of anyone more deserving of the title.
In all, the 34-year-old went 53-3 during 2015 with five titles, including the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon. With just two wins separating her from achieving a calendar-year Grand Slam for the first time since Steffi Graf did so in 1988, Serena fell to Roberta Vinci in the semifinals of the U.S. Open in September. Despite her loss though, she finished the year ranked No. 1 in the world, which was a distinction she held for the entire season for the second year in a row. Impressive!
“She was the most deserving person for the award,” said Paul Fichtenbaum, editor of the Sports Illustrated Group. “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. She was a terrific candidate in a year of terrific candidates.”
Serena Williams Flaunts Her Flawless Figure On Sexy ‘SI’ Cover
In addition to earning the impressive title, which up until this year has been called the ‘Sportsman of the Year’ award, Serena also celebrated by posing for the magazine’s newest cover. Shot by photographer Yu Tsai, the sexy cover sees Serena flaunting her incredibly long, toned legs in a lacy black bodysuit while sitting casually on a golden throne — how appropriate! Having dominated 2015 even while battling an injury, Serena proved that she is in fact, the ultimate sports queen!
Serena’s distinction now makes her SI’s 10th female recipient of the award since its inception in 1954, as well as the first female sole recipient since Mary Decker in 1983. Serena is also the first tennis player to win the award since Arthur Ashe in 1992.
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