Serena Williams has been named the Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year for 2018, winning the honor for the fifth time in her career.
She didn’t win the honor so much for her on-the-court performance as she did for the conditions in which she performed.
Williams made two Grand Slam finals after missing a year due to her pregnancy and healthcare scare after she gave birth. Williams lost the final at Wimbledon to Angelique Kerber and the US Open title to Naomi Osaka in 2018.
Williams had seven appearances this year, debuting at Indian Wells where she made it to the third round before losing to her sister Venus Williams.
Her first major appearance was the French Open, where she retired prior to a match against Maria Sharapova in the Round of 16.
At the US Open, she defeated the likes of Venus, Karolina Pliskova and Anastasija Sevastova before losing to Osaka.
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