Tennis player Serena Williams is the 2015 AP Female Athlete of the Year. She was voted into the prestigious award by U.S. editors and news directors of the Associated Press. It is Williams' 4th year to be picked as the AP’s Female Athlete of the Year, which is a major accomplishment only done by a couple other females.

Results for this year’s AP Female Athlete of the Year were announced on Friday, with Williams getting 50 1st place votes and a total of 352 points. In the past, Williams got the award in 2002, as well as 2009, and in 2013. Another femaleathlete that has received the award four times is Tennis player Chris Evert.

Names of others in the Female Athlete of the Year vote

The second place runner up was Carli Lloyd, whose winning goal in the final play placed the U.S. women’s soccer team as the winners of the World Cup title this year. She got 14 1st place votes and a total of 243 points.

Ronda Rousey, UFC star, came in third, and the 4th place went to Holly Holm, and 5th place to UConn basketball player Breanna Stewart. The AP Male Athlete of the Year is to be announced later today.

Williams’ stats helped her get chosen for award

Williams has had both good and bad luck during 2015. She won the Australian Open in January, as well as the French Open in June, and then Wimbledon in July, but then she lost during the U.S.

Open semifinals in September.

However, she was 53-3 and led the WTA tour with five titles, as well as getting ranked as number one every week. She also has 21 Grand Slam singles trophies, and there are only two other women who have gotten more in their careers. Williams has also had her share of illness and injury, including herright elbow during the French Open, and catching the flu when she was in Paris.

Williams has had an overall good year in 2015 and says she is already thinking about next year. Her tremendous will to win keeps her on top and is just one of the reasons why Serena Williams has been chosen as this year’s AP Female Athlete of the Year.

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