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Serena Williams was honored Tuesday night at Sports Illustrated’s ‘Sportsperson of the Year’ Ceremony in New York City at Pier 60. After an insanely successful year that included gloriously seizing the Australia Open, French Open and Wimbledon titles, its safe to say that Serena deserves the recognition.

I’ve had people look down on me. I’ve had people put me down because I didn’t look like them—I look stronger. I’ve had people look past me because of the color of my skin. I’ve had people overlook me because I was a woman. I had critics say I will never win another grand slam when I was only at number seven and now here I stand today with 21 grand slam titles and I’m still going.

The Tennis legend appropriately ended her speech with an excerpt from Maya Angelou’s Still I Rise. what a year this superstar has had and what a way to usher in 2016.

Congrats Serena!

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