Serena Williams wins AP Female Athlete of the Year.
The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES — Serena Williams spent a good portion of 2015 deflecting questions about whether she could complete the Grand Slam. After coming oh-so-close, she can acknowledge how much she cared about the rare feat. “I wanted it. But … winning one [major title] is not easy. And then, [when] you have a ‘bounty’ on your head, it’s even harder,” she said with a laugh. “If you know anything about me, I hate to lose. I’ve always said I hate losing more than I like winning, so that drives me to be the best that I can be.” Williams’ will was on display time and again this year, along with her best-in-the-game serve and other skills, fashioning comeback after comeback and nearly becoming the first tennis player in more than a quarter-century to win all four Grand Slam tournaments in a season. In a vote by U.S. editors and news directors, Williams was chosen as The Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year for the fourth time.
Serena Williams has been named Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year 2015; 4th in her Career https://t.co/REuNfKIjvm
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Results were announced Friday. Williams collected 50 first-place votes and 352 points. Carli Lloyd, whose hat trick in the final lifted the U.S. women’s soccer team to the World Cup title, was the runner-up, with 14 first-place votes and 243 points. UFC star Ronda Rousey finished third, one spot ahead of the woman she stunningly lost to last month, Holly Holm.
UConn basketball player Breanna Stewart was fifth.