Just before the ball drops to welcome the new year, Serena Williams wins her third AP Athlete of the Year award. And this, according to CBS News, is one of the many honors bestowed upon the stellar tennis player in 2013.
Let’s take a look back at her 2013 stats: The tennis titan had 78 wins and only four losses — her new record with a .951 percent success rate! Her winning streak is 34 matches. She captured 11 titles, including at the U.S. Open and French Open. Williams smushed 23 bagels — painful 6-0 wins — in her rivals’ faces, including Maria Sharpova and Jelena Jankovic. And got coined up while slaying the competition:
“Williams finished the year with prize money of $12,385,572, shattering the all-time women’s record set last year by Victoria Azarenka, who won $7,923,920,” ABC Grandstand Sport reports.
Serena also won the Associated Press’ Female Athlete of the Year Award in 2002 and 2009. And it doesn’t seem like the 32-year-old unconquerable player is stopping anytime soon:
“Whenever I lose, I get more determined, and it gives me something more to work toward. I don’t get complacent, and I realize I need to work harder and I need to do better and I want to do better – or I wouldn’t keep playing this game,” Williams told AP in an interview.
Williams, a Compton, Calif. native, has shaken the world of tennis and has proven to be an inspiration for aspiring young athletes today.
“She did a remarkable job at speaking on behalf of all those great athletes and speaking to future players,” Stacey Allaster said, chairman of the WTA . “There’s a little girl, perhaps out there in Compton, who is dreaming of playing on the WTA, and Serena said, ‘We’re waiting for you, and we can’t wait to meet you.’”
Serena’s unbelievable winning streak is the longest since her sister, Venus, back in 2000 with a 35-match run. The tennis titan also won her 17th Grand Slam championship this year.
“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,” Allaster gushed about Williams.