Serena Williams named as Sportswoman of the Year

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World number 1 and one of America’s most successful sport stars Serena Williams has been named as Sportswoman of the Year. The prize, given out at the Laureus World Sports Awards in Berlin earlier this month is one of the most prestigious in the world of sport.

Fellow tennis player Novak Djokovic was named alongside her as Sportsman of the Year at the same award ceremony. Both of them had impressive seasons in 2015, with Serena making it to three Grand Slam finals and Djokovic making it to all four Grand Slam finals.

Serena managed to win all three of the grand slam finals she was involved in, and was on course for a calendar grand slam before the US Open. Williams started her season by beating Maria Sharapova in the Australian Open Final. That victory was a major milestone for her and made her only the second player to win 19 Grand Slam tournaments in the modern era. Only Steffi Graff has more than her with 22. The next big tournament was the French Open, which she also won by defeating Lucie Šafářová. The final was possibly her most challenging of the whole season, as the first time finalist managed to take the match to a final set. Williams characteristically held her nerve to claim her second title of the season.

Next came Wimbledon, where she once again faced a first time finalist in the final. The young Spaniard Garbiñe Muguruza wasn’t much of a challenge for the world number one though and she won the game in just 81 minutes. There was a lot of pressure on her in her last Grand Slam of the season as it was on her home soil. If she won, it would have also meant a calendar Grand Slam, something which very few people have managed in the sport. Unfortunately for her and her fans, that accolade wasn’t to be. She lost in the semi-finals to World Number 43 Roberta Vinci 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 to set up a shock all Italian Women’s final.

Despite her shock defeat in last year’s US Open, Serena is still favourite to win this year’s tournament. Bookmakers Betway currently have her at 7/4 before the tournament has even begun. If she continues the dominance she showed in the other three Grand Slam tournaments this year, those odds could soon fall. So if you’re a betting fan looking for a good reward from betting on Serena winning an open then visit sooner rather than later. Unless there is an unlikely dip in her performance, it’s unlikely you’ll see odds this low for her in the rest of the tennis season.

She may be Sportswoman of the Year for 2015, but 2016 has the potential to be an even bigger year for her. She is just one Grand Slam win away from tying with Steffi Graff for the title of most Grand Slam wins in the modern era. She could easily also pass that record if the wins a second Grand Slam. Whatever happens, she is already certain to go down in the history books as one of the world’s best tennis players and also one of America’s biggest global sports stars.