Serena Williams chosen Female Athlete of the Year by The Associated Press
Serena Williams was chosen Female Athlete of the Year by members of The Associated Press. She received 66 of 158 votes cast by editors at U.S. newspapers that are members of the AP.
“People realize that I’m a great player, and one moment doesn’t define a person’s career,” Williams said refering to her US Open episode. “And I was right, for the most part: It wasn’t right the way I reacted – I never said it was – but I was right about the call.”
She also noted that the outburst “got a lot more people excited about tennis.”
Serena tends to do that, thanks to her powerful, athletic play and her outgoing personality.
“We can attribute the strength and the growth of women’s tennis a great deal to her,” WTA chairman and CEO Stacey Allaster said. “She is a superstar.”
Williams also won the AP award in 2002.
“I’m just happy and blessed to even be playing seven years later. All this is a bonus, really,” Williams said. “In 2002, I just was really dominant, and I think in 2009, I just brought that back. I kind of became that player again.”
Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press