Serena Williams Named Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of the Year

Back in September, Serena Williams came thisclose to becoming the first professional tennis player since Steffi Graf in 1988 to win a Grand Slam. She lost to Roberta Vinci at the U.S. Open in stunning fashion (are we still blaming Drake for that?) and missed out on an opportunity to make history in the process.

But that was pretty much the only thing that didn’t go Serena’s way in 2015. She won 53 of the 56 matches she took part in this year. She battled through illness, injury, and adversity to assume her place as one of the most dominant athletes of all time. And off the court, she continued to build her personal brand and spoke out against racial injustices and on behalf of the Black Lives Matter movement.

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