To say that tennis superstar Serena Williams had a successful 2015 would certainly be an understatement. Not only did she come within just two matches of the sports first calendar Grand Slam since 1988, but she also had a ton of achievements off the court as well.
She had a great year of just donating her time to put herself in the limelight of the public eye. From reading to children with the CEO of Facebook to spending time with President Barack Obama, she certainly had a great year and was named the Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year.
“She was the most deserving person for the award. 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,” Paul Fichtenbaum, editor of the Sports Illustrated Group, told USA TODAY. “She was a terrific candidate in a year of terrific candidates.”
She is the first female athlete to win the award alone since Olympic runner Mary Decker in 1983.
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