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wrapping up the year, the AP sports writers and beat writers have named Female tennis star Serena Williams as their pick for Female Athlete of the Decade.

Williams had an exceptional decade on and off the court. She earned a dozen Grand Slam singles titles — no other woman won more than three over the past 10 seasons — and held the Women’s Tennis Association number one ranking for three and a half years in a row, equaling Steffi Graf’s record for most consecutive weeks atop the rankings.

When the history books are written, it could be that the great Serena Williams is the greatest athlete of all time. … I like to call it the ‘Serena Superpowers’ — that champion’s mindset. Irrespective of the adversity and the odds that are facing her, she always believes in herself,” Stacey Allaster, CEO of the WTA from 2009-15 and now chief executive for professional tennis at the U.S. Tennis Association, which runs the U.S. Open, told The Associated Press.

In the male category, Basketball star Lebron James was named as Male Association Press athlete of the decade, he joins names like Tiger Woods, Wayne Gretzky and Arnold Palmer, who have all won it previously.

He beat contenders like runner-up Tom Brady of the New England Patriots, Usain Bolt of Jamaica was third for dominating the sprints at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, soccer superstar Lionel Messi was fourth and Michael Phelps — the U.S. swimmer who retired as history’s most decorated Olympian with 28 medals, 23 gold — was fifth.

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In the decade under review, He left Cleveland for Miami, finally became a champion, went back to his beloved northeast Ohio, delivered on another title promise, then left for the Los Angeles Lakers and the next challenge. He played in eight straight finals. No NBA player won more games or more MVP awards over the last 10 years than he did. He started a school. He married his high school sweetheart.

Those were just some highlights of the last 10 years. There were many more, as the man called “King” spent the last decade reigning over all others — with no signs of slowing down.


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