Serena Williams’ 2013 winning streak continues.
With 55 of 96 votes, the tennis superstar was recently voted the Associated Press’ Female Athlete of the Year! This was her third time receiving the honor, following wins in 2009 and 2002.
According to the AP, Serena produced the finest women’s tennis season in years. “She went 78-4 with 11 titles, including at the French Open and US Open, raising her Grand Slam championship total to 17,” the news organization reported. “She compiled a 34-match winning streak. She earned more than $12 million in prize money, a record for women’s tennis. In February, she became the oldest No. 1 in WTA rankings history and never left that perch.”
Even at 32-year-old, she showed no signs of slowing down. “Whenever I lose, I get more determined, and it gives me something more to work toward,” she said of her work ethic. “I don’t get complacent, and I realize I need to work harder and I need to do better and I want to do better — or I wouldn’t keep playing this game.”
The Associated Press’ Male Athlete of the Year award went to four-time NBA Most Valuable Player LeBron James.
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1. Serena Williams 
at the 25th Annual Footwear News Achievement Awards in New York (Nov 2011)
2. Serena Williams 
at the launch of Google Music in Los Angeles (November 2011)
3. Serena Williams 
at the 8th annual Keep A Child Alive Black Ball in New York (November 2011)
4. Serena Williams 
at Nickelodeon's 2011 TeenNick HALO Awards in Hollywood (October 2011)
5. Serena Williams 
at the 2011 New Yorkers For Children Fall Gala (Sept 2011)
6. Serena Williams 
at the Vera Wang Spring 2012 show during New York Fashion Week (Sept 2011)
7. Serena Williams 
celebrates her Hamptons magazine cover at RDV in New York (August 2011)
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at "LaLa's Full Court Life" Premiere Party in Los Angeles (August 2011)
9. Serena Williams 
On the beach in Miami