Serena Williams, AP Athlete of the year for 2009, was the overwhelming choice as voted by the Associated Press. Read more about the story plus photos and video below.
But for Serena Williams, undoubtedly she may be remembered this year for her infamous meltdown on the court during her semi-final match against Kim Clijsters at the U.S. Open in September (video of her outburst is below).
She told the AP:
“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.”
For her tirade on the court, she was fined a whopping $82,500 and for the next two years if she has any “major offense” at a Grand Slam tournament she could face suspension.
Williams was named 2002 Female Athlete of the Year by AP as well, and she noted, “In 2002, I just was really dominant, and I think in 2009, I brought that back. I kind of became that player again.”
Williams garnered 66 of the 158 votes from newspaper editors nationwide. Some don’t believe she is completely deserving of the title, like the folks over at Busted Racquet, who question why she should be rewarded for a season that involved probably one of the most appalling incidents in tennis to occur over the last several years. I tend to agree…although yes, granted, she won two Grand Slams and capped off the year as the No. 1 seed. But still…you ask anyone about Serena Williams and what they remember most of her this year, her outburst on the court will be the first thing they recall.
So as Serena Williams, AP Female Athlete of the Year is named today, do you agree or disagree? Leave me your comments…you can see pictures and that infamous video below.
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