Serena Williams can look back on 2015, and know that she owned it. Sports Illustrated has named Williams 2015’s “Sportsperson of the Year.”
Williams had to cut her season short to take time to heal, but that didn’t take away from any of her year’s accomplishments. Williams won three majors in 2015, and was the number one ranked women’s singles player in the world. She was dealt a heartbreaking loss at this years U.S. Open, that would have given her 22 Grand Slam titles to tie Steffi Graf’s record.
Williams has proved that she can pick up the pieces and move on with true class. She is a role model for young girls everywhere, and proves time and time again nothing can stop her game. Williams even released her own clothing line this year, all while playing tennis.
Sports Illustrated’s S.L. Price announced Williams’ honor and stated, “Growing up, Williams had devoured every Harry Potter book, marveled at the business empires of Oprah Winfrey and Martha Stewart. Now J.K. Rowling was tweeting against a critic of Williams’s body, now Oprah was hustling to watch her at the U.S. Open, now Stewart was calling Williams ‘the most powerful woman I know.’ President Barack Obama, the most scrutinized man alive, told her how great it was to watch her.”
The world is looking forward to seeing more tennis from Williams, one of the greatest to ever play the game. She is a true class act. Read more about Williams’ honor here.