Serena Williams had a hell of a year.  She went 78-4 with 11 titles, including at the French Open and U.S. Open. She also compiled a 34-match winning streak, as well as earning more than $12 million in prize money, a record for women’s tennis. It was because all of those accomplishments that Williams was honored Wednesday as The Associated Press’ 2013 Female Athlete of the Year. Williams also won the award in 2002 and 2009.

“Whenever I lose, I get more determined, and it gives me something more to work toward,” Williams told the AP in an interview shortly before the start of the U.S. Open. “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.”

Williams received 55 of 96 votes, while  while Brittney Griner, a two-time AP Player of the Year in college basketball and the No. 1 pick in April’s WNBA draft, finished second with 14. Swimmer Missy Franklin was next with 10.

The Male Athlete of the Year recipient will be announced today.


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