As if we already didn’t know that Serena Williams had one of the best years in sports in 2015, Sports Illustrated just made it official.
According to The Huffington Post, the tennis superstar has been named the magazine’s 2015 “Sportsperson of the Year,” making it the first time in over three decades that an individual woman has received the honor. The 34-year-old is the most recent female to be given the title since track star Mary Decker was awarded “Sportsperson of the Year” in 1983.
Williams’ year included a 53-3 record, winning three major tournament titles. Although her season ended with a U.S. Open loss to Roberta Vinci, the duration of the season was marked by a second Serena Slam win and a six-week run with “more than double the ranking points of the No. 2 player in the world,” says The Huffington Post.
Reflecting on her “spectacular” year, Williams told Sports Illustrated that she is humbled by the honor. “For Sports Illustrated to recognize my hard work, dedication and sheer determination with this award gives me hope to continue on and do better. As I always say, it takes a village — not just one person. This is not just an accomplishment for me, but for my whole team and all my fans. I am beyond honored.”
Although her hard work has been recognized by the magazine, don’t expect Williams’ to start slacking off just because of her latest title. As she recalled her U.S. Open loss, she said she continues to think about how she could improve. “I’ll always think about what I could have done better. Could I have come up on the net? Been more consistent? It’s not anger. It’s analyzing: What can I do next time?”
And clearly, she’s not only thinking about it, she’s also dreaming about it. The Huffington Post says Williams took to Snapchat two months ago to share just how dedicated she is to returning to the court better than ever.
“I’ve got some good news and some bad news,” she wrote. “The good news is I dreamed about tennis last night. The bad news is everybody better watch out.”