Serena Williams is the athlete of the year AP

Serena Williams est l’athlète de l’année AP

Photo: Seth Wenig Associated Press
Serena Williams has experienced a year 2018 outstanding.

She went to Paris wearing a close-fitting outfit of black, a reminder that nobody holds the attention during major tournaments such as Serena Williams.

She reached the final at Wimbledon and the Us International, proving the quality of his game, regardless of the time that it took to train.

Williams has not won these tournaments, or any other this year, which would have made one to forget any other circumstance. However, it has experienced a year 2018 outstanding.

His return on the forefront of tennis after a health problem after giving birth to a daughter was a victory in itself, and it is for this reason that Williams has been elected as the female athlete of the year, according to the Associated Press for a fifth time.

Williams has received 93 points in a vote among chiefs of new americans, beating gymnast Simone Biles (68 points).

37-year-old mother of a first child, frequently facing players who were not even born when she turned professional in 1995, Williams is no longer the same woman who has won 23 titles of the Grand Slam in singles — his latest in 2017 in Australia while she was pregnant.

“I would like to return to the same Serena that before, but I don’t know if I will see one day the same level of physical, mental, and emotional. I think being on this path, had said Williams on the eve of the final of the International of the United States. I think I still have a long journey ahead of me. When I will be there, I believe that I will be able to play even better. “

Babe Didrikson Zaharias is the only female athlete to have won more times the title of female athlete of the year, according to the Associated Press, it was won six times — once in track and field, and five times as a golfer.

For his part, Williams had already won this honor in the 2002, 2009, 2013 and 2015, a result of exceptional performance. This time, it has earned through his perseverance.

Williams has developed blood clots after giving birth to Alexis Olympia Ohanian daughter on September 1, 2017, and it had to be performed four times. In spite of everything, she returned to the game in march, playing in only two tournaments before the French open, where she donned a clingy black.

She was told that her outfit — chosen in part for reasons of health due to blood clots — gave him the impression of being a superhéroïne. However, she had to concede to Paris because of an injury to a pectoral muscle and has not played before Wimbledon, when she lost in the final against Angelique Kerber.

Williams has also lowered the flag in the final in New York, where we will remember his defeat against Naomi Osaka because of his anger at the umpire Carlos Ramos, who was penalized for having received advice from his coach before the force to concede a whole game to have it called a “thief” in the enguirlandant.

This defeat means that Williams still holds a major title less than Margaret Court before the new season of the WTA tour. But Williams maintains that you always have the same thirst for victory that before she becomes a mother.

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