It wasn’t that long ago that Serena Williams showed up in Paris wearing a black catsuit. She reached the finals of both Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. Although she didn’t win these or any other tournaments, she proved to the world just how much of a dominant force she after a health scare following the birth of her first child.
And for all of that, Serena was voted The Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year for the fifth time. Serena previously won the honor in 2002, 2009, 2013, and 2015.
Serena received a total of 93 points with Simone Biles and Notre Dame basketball player Arike Ogunbowale rounding out the top 3 in voting.
Notable Quotes: “I’m still waiting to get to be the Serena that I was, and I don’t know if I’ll ever be that, physically, emotionally, mentally. But I’m on my way. I feel like I still have a ways to go. Once I get there, I’ll be able to play even hopefully better.” – Serena Williams on the eve of the U.S. Open final