Serena Williams Named Female Athlete of the Year by Associated Press

Image: Serena Williams Named Female Athlete of the Year by Associated Press

Thursday, 26 Dec 2013 05:24 PM

By David Ogul

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Serena Williams has been named Female Athlete of the Year by The Associated Press for the third time while LeBron James has claimed his first such AP award.

As far as Williams, it was a no-brainer.

“Driven as ever, Williams won plenty this year,” The Associated Press said of selecting the tennis star for its top award. “She went 78-4 with 11 titles, including a French Open and US Open, raising her Grand Slam championship total to 17. She completed a 34-match winning streak. She earned more than $12 million in prize money, a record for women’s tennis. In February, she became the oldest No. 1 in WTA rankings history and never left that perch.”

Urgent: Do You Approve Or Disapprove of President Obama's Job Performance? Vote Now in Urgent Poll

Gordon Smith, the executive director of the U.S. Tennis Association, told the AP that Williams, 32, “just continues to be an inspiration to American tennis. Her year this year? Unforgettable.”

Williams received 55 of 96 votes in a poll of news organizations, far outdistancing runner up Brittney Griner, who twice won the AP’s Player of the Year in college basketball and who was the No. 1 pick in April’s WNBA draft. Griner picked up 14 votes.

By picking up two more Grand Slam titles in 2013, Williams is just one behind the 18 apiece won by Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert and seven behind the record 24 titles won by Margaret Court. Evert, with four, also is one of just two women with more AP Female Athlete of the Year awards than Williams. Babe Didrikson holds the most with six.

“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 chair Stacey Allaster told the AP. “That obviously just brings more attention to our sport.”

LeBron James was named Male Athlete of the Year on Thursday, outpacing Peyton Manning and Jimmie Johnson. James joins Michael Jordan and Larry Bird as the only NBA players to have won the award.

LeBron led the Miami Heat to the NBA title for the second straight year in 2013 while winning the league MVP award.

“I don’t think I’ve changed much this year,” James told the AP. “I’ve just improved and continued to improve on being more than just as a basketball player,” he told the AP. “I’ve matured as a leader, as a father, as a husband, as a friend.”

Editor's Note: Do You Support Obamacare? Vote in Urgent National Poll

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Send me more news as it happens.
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

Cambodia HIV Outbreak: 100-Plus People Diagnosed; Investigation Sought

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 18:50 PM

More than 100 HIV infections in a single Cambodian village have spurred the country's prime minister to ask for an inves . . .

Slender Man Case: Two Girls Competent to Stand Trial in Stabbing

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 18:26 PM

Two girls who allegedly stabbed a 12-year-old friend over the online game Slender Man are competent to stand trial for a . . .

Kate Upton Sexiest Woman Alive; Model Apologizes to Teen Brother

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 17:52 PM

Model Kate Upton was selected as People magazine's first Sexiest Woman Alive, a month after Chris Hemsworth received the . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved