LOS ANGELES, CA, USA - Serena Williams got the highest of accolades at the ESPY Awards on Wednesday, being named Best Female Athlete in the 21st edition of the awards presented by ESPN.
The awards recognize achievements in the calendar year preceding the awards ceremony, and Williams' results since last July have been phenomenal - she has put together a 67-4 win-loss record in those 12 months, winning the Olympics, US Open and WTA Championships last year, and Brisbane, Miami, Charleston, Madrid, Rome and Roland Garros this year. She has been No.1 since February.
Having already picked up the Best Female Athlete ESPY in 2003, 2013 winner Williams is just the fourth female athlete ever to get the award twice, after soccer player Mia Hamm (who won it in 1998 and 2000), golfer Annika Sorenstam (2005 and 2006) and alpine skier Lindsey Vonn (2010 and 2011)
Also, Williams won the Best Female Tennis Player ESPY, her sixth time to win that award (2003, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013). Next-most is Maria Sharapova with four (2005, 2007, 2008 and 2012) and then three-time winners Steffi Graf (1994, 1996, 1997) and Venus Williams (2001, 2002, 2006).
The World No.1 is competing in Bastad this week - watch video of her at the tournament here...