Serena Williams: 2015 Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year

Women’s tennis superstar and arguably the greatest player in the history on the sport Serena Williams was named Sports Illustrated‘s 2015 Sportsperson of the Year. She caps the year with an amazing 53 of 56 matches won and closed to within one win of the record for Grand Slam singles titles.

The cover features Williams dressed in an all-black lace bodysuit and patent leather power pumps, perched on a gold, ornate throne. Those who recognize Williams as Queen of the Court immediately see the image as an appropriate nod to her ruling the tennis world. However, not everyone is bowing down in praise of the cover. While some say it’s extremely powerful, others say it’s either too sexy. My point of view is a bit more simplistic and sounds a little something like this, “Yes, yes, and yaaassss!” Especially after Sports Illustrated revealed, “The cover was Serena’s idea, to express her own ideal of femininity, strength and power.”

Williams, 34, had a dominant 2015 even as she battled injury, boasting the No. 1 ranking in the sport every week for the second year in a row. She narrowly missed the first calendar year Grand Slam when she suffered an upset loss during the US Open in September. “I didn’t want to necessarily put a fist through a wall—I felt more like, Ah, man, I was so close!” Williams told the magazine. “I’ll always think about what I could have done better. Could I have come up on the net? Been more consistent? It’s not anger. It’s analyzing: What can I do next time?”

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