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Serena Williams gets “Female Athlete of the decade” title

Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

30th Dec, 2019. 11:06 am

Tennis Icon Serena Williams has been named as the Female Athlete of the Decade.

The Associated Press name Tennis Superstar as the Female Athlete of the Decade.

As voted via AP member sports editors and beat writers, the star has achieved another milestone in her career.

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Reuters reported, Williams, winner of 23 Grand Slam singles titles, won 12 of those majors over the past decade

No female player won more than three over the same span

Including a run of four in a row from the U.S. Open in 2014 through Wimbledon in 2015, for her second self-named “Serena Slam.”

She’s the runner-up another seven times at major tournaments over the past decade

Including four of the seven she has entered since returning to action after having a baby in 2017.

Finishing second among voters gymnast Simone Biles, the 2019 AP Female Athlete of the Year,

Followed by swimmer Katie Ledecky in third, and skiers Lindsey Vonn and Mikaela Shiffrin in fourth and fifth place, respectively.

“When the history books are written, it could be that the great Serena Williams is the greatest athlete of all time. … I like to call it the ‘Serena Superpowers’ — that champion’s mindset.

Irrespective of the adversity and the odds that are facing her, she always believes in herself,” said Stacey Allaster, USTA chief executive and former WTA CEO, via the Associated Press.

Williams, 38, spent three and a half years straight at No. 1 in the WTA rankings. She also became the oldest No. 1 player in WTA history and tied Steffi Graf’s record for most consecutive weeks at the top.In all, Williams reached the finals at 19 of the 33 majors she competed in and collected 37 singles titles over the past decade (she boasts a career total of 72 singles titles) — 11 more than anyone else.

Off the court, her celebrity status has given her a platform to champion women’s rights and call attention to health care inequality for black women in the United States.

Moreover, Williams is currently No. 10 in the WTA rankings.

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