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Serena Williams named AP Female Athlete of the Year

Serena Williams didn’t get her Grand Slam, but she keeps adding to her trophy case.

Friday, Williams was named the Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year for the fourth time, collecting 50 first-place votes to Carli Lloyd’s 14. UFC stars Ronda Rousey and Holly Holm finished third and fourth.

Williams had previously won in 2002, 2009 and 2013. She joins Chris Evert as a four-time winner, and trails only the six victories by Babe Didrikson. Williams might have a tougher time winning in 2016, as the Summer Olympics tend to produce candidates who might not be noticed in other years.

Williams won the first three Grand Slam tournaments of the year – the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon – completing a “Serena Slam” of winning the four tournaments consecutively. However, her attempt at a one-year Grand Slam ended with a stunning upset by Roberta Vinci in the U.S. Open semifinals.

She finished the season with a 53-3 singles record and was ranked No. 1 for the entire year. The 34-year-old now has 21 Grand Slam singles titles.

Lloyd finished second after dominating the Women’s World Cup in Canada, including a hat trick in the United States’ championship-game victory over Japan, while Rousey dominated UFC headlines until getting knocked out by Helm late in the year.



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