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Serena Williams Is Named The AP Athlete Of The Year For The Third Time

Submitted by on December 30, 2013 – 7:26 pmNo Comment

Serena Williams is three times a lady (champion). The 32-year-old was named as The Associated Press’ 2013 Female Athlete of the Year. It’s the third time Serena has garnered the honor, following wins in  2002 and 2009.

“Whenever I lose, I get more determined, and it gives me something more to work toward,” Williams told the AP in an interview shortly before the start of the U.S. Open. “I don’t get complacent, and I realize I need to work harder and I need to do better and I want to do better—or I wouldn’t keep playing this game.”

Williams definitely had a stellar year. Winning the French Open and U.S. Open, Serena went 78-4, earning 11 titles and setting a record for the most prize money won in one year with a whopping $12 million. “Serena already has provided significant contributions to taking our sport to the next level…She is chasing records and no doubt will break many records before she’s finished,” WTA chairman Stacey Allaster said.

Allaster added: ”That obviously just brings a lot more attention to our sport. There’s a little girl, perhaps out there in Compton, who is dreaming of playing on the WTA, and Serena said [at WTA's 40th anniversary], ‘We’re waiting for you, and we can’t wait to meet you.’”

Proving that she is only getting better with age, Williams is the oldest No. 1 in WTA rankings history. “She just continues to be an inspiration to American tennis,” said Gordon Smith, the executive director of the U.S. Tennis Association. “Her year this year? Unforgettable.”

Do you think Serena Williams was the best female athlete of 2013? If not, tell us who you think should have won the prize in the comments section below.

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