The 2017 ESPY Awards took place last night, and 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams took home top honors in the Best Female Tennis Player category for the ninth time in her career.
WTA Staff

LOS ANGELES, CA, USA - Serena Williams earned the nod for Best Female Tennis Player at the ESPY Awards for the ninth time in her career, having already been given the award in 2003, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2016.

Winning a record-breaking 23rd Grand Slam title at the Australian Open and returning to World No.1 - all while pregnant with her fist child! - Serena was chosen over fellow Grand Slam champions Angelique Kerber, Jelena Ostapenko, and Olympic Gold medalist Monica Puig for this year's award.

Williams now has 11 total ESPY Awards - she was also named Best Female Athlete in 2003 and 2013.

Other WTA stars with multiple ESPY Awards are Sharapova (five), Venus Williams (four), Steffi Graf (three) and Monica Seles and Lindsay Davenport (two each). The ESPY Awards started in 1993.