Morning Roundup: Serena Williams named AP Female Athlete of the Year

Morning Roundup: Serena Williams named AP Female Athlete of the Year

Morning Roundup: Serena Williams named AP Female Athlete of the Year

Williams previously bagged the title of The Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year in 2002, 2009, 2013 and 2015.

"Her rapid return to tennis after a health scare following childbirth was a victory in itself, and for that, Williams was voted The Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year for the fifth time", said AP Sports Writer Brian Mahoney. That followed four surgeries she needed after developing blood clots following the birth of her daughter on September 1, 2017. Making it to two grand slam finals after giving birth is no small task.

Of all of the athletes who finished top five in the vote, Williams was the only one who did not win a title in her respective sport. She returned to the WTA Tour in March and played in just a pair of events before the French Open, where she competed in a skin-tight, full-length black catsuit. 2018 Olympic gold medalist snowboarder Chloe Kim finished fourth while five-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer Katie Ledecky finished fifth. The younger champion would take their match 6-2, 6-4 but again, Williams defied the odds by reaching the finals. Williams will continue her quest for No. 24 next year, as she chases Margaret Court.

For women's tennis star Serena Williams, 2018 was all about getting back on the court after the birth of her first child. Williams lost the final at Wimbledon to Angelique Kerber and the US Open title to Naomi Osaka in 2018.

Additionally, Williams launched her first independent clothing line, appropriately named Serena, earlier this year. She had to withdraw in Paris because of a right pectoral injury and didn't play again until Wimbledon, where she lost to Angelique Kerber in the final.

Williams responded to the news with a tweet on Thursday, listing a number of adjectives to describe her reaction.

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