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Serena Williams has been named Female Athlete Of The Year by The Associated Press. Williams received 66 of 158 votes by newspaper editors from across the country. Serena also won the award in 2002.

Williams stated to the A.P.,

I’m just happy and blessed to even be playing seven years later. All this is a bonus, really. In 2002, I just was really dominant, and I think in 2009, I just brought that back. I kind of became that player again.”

Serena also spoke out about her verbal attack this year directed at a line judge after a foot-fault call near the end of her U.S. Open semifinal loss in September.

People realize that I’m a great player, and one moment doesn’t define a person’s career. And I was right, for the most part: It wasn’t right the way I reacted — I never said it was — but I was right about the call.”

Congratulations Serena.

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