*A super big ol’ CONGRATS goes out to Serena Williams who was named Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of the Year on Monday.
In addition to the coveted recognition from SI, Williams won three Grand Slam events en route to a 53-3 record and her seventh WTA Player of the Year award.
Williams was ranked No. 1 throughout 2015 and won a WTA-high five titles — including three at major tournaments: Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon — while making approximately $10 million on the court.
Though she didn’t sweep the majors, Williams completed her best season since her first Serena Slam in 2002-03. She now has 21 career Grand Slam titles, one behind Steffi Graf.
Williams thanked Sports Illustrated for the honor in an Instagram post.
“This year was spectacular for me. For @sportsillustrated to recognize my hard work, my dedication, and my sheer determination gives me hope to continue on and do better,” she wrote. “As I always say, it takes a village it’s not just one person. This is not just an accomplishment for me, but for my whole team. I am beyond honored.”
San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner won the award in 2014. The last woman to receive the honor was former Tennessee Volunteers women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt, who shared the award with Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski in 2011, reports ESPN.
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) December 14, 2015