Flawless human being Serena Williams has had her flawlessness acknowledged by yet another heavy hitter in the world of media: Sports Illustrated. The legendary sports magazine has named Serena its Sportsperson of the Year for 2015. Considering that Serena won 53 out of the 56 matches she had this year and held the number 1 ranking in tennis every week for the second year in a row, the decision isn't a surprising one.
This year marks the first time SI has chosen an individual female athlete for the honor in more than 30 years. Track star Mary Decker was the most recent female honoree, back in 1983.
"This year was spectacular. For Sports Illustrated to recognize my hard work, dedication and sheer determination with this award gives me hope to continue on and do better," Serena Williams wrote on Instagram. "As I always say, it takes a village, not just one person. This is not just an accomplishment for me, but for my whole team and all my fans. I am beyond honored."
Sports Illustrated shared that the cover of the magazine was Serena's idea, "intended to express her own ideal of femininity, strength & power."