Serena Williams – AP Female Athlete of the Decade Honors
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Serena Williams totally dominated the decade, both on the court and in conversation.
There was a dozen Grand Slam single titles that no other woman had more than 3 over the past 10 seasons and the 3 1/2 years in a row at No. 1 in the WTA rankings. The magazine covers women’s power, her daughter’s birth or the health scare that followed.
The 2019 AP Female Athlete of the Year, Gymnast Simone Biles, finished second to Williams in voting for the decade honor, which was followed by swimmer Katie Ledecky. Next were two ski racers, including Lindsey Vonn finishing fourth and Mikaela Shiffrin fifth.
Three out of Williams’ five AP Female Athlete of the Year awards came in 2013, 2015 and 2018, and she also won in 2002 and 2009.
In addition, she has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles with a best-in-the-game serve, powerful groundstrokes and relentless court coverage. Her result was more than anyone else in her sport’s professional era since its beginning in 1968.
Williams was the runner-up in another 7 times at major tournaments during the past decade, with 4 out of the 7 that she’s entered since returning to the tour after having a baby in 2017.
In overall, she did complete the final at 19 of the 33 majors she entered during the decade, equivalent to a nearly 58% rate.