Serena Williams' Sports Illustrated cover for Sportsperson of the Year

Sports Illustrated has selected Serena Williams as its Sportsperson of the Year

"...Williams, 34, won three major titles, went 53–3 and provided at least one new measure of her tyrannical three-year reign at No. 1. For six weeks this summer—and for the first time in the 40-year history of the WTA rankings—Williams amassed twice as many ranking points as the world No. 2; at one point that gap grew larger than the one between No. 2 and No. 1,000. Williams’s 21 career Grand Slam singles titles are just one short of Steffi Graf’s Open-era record. Such numbers are reason enough for Sports Illustrated to name Serena Williams its 2015 Sportsperson of the Year."

Other nominees were Usain Bolt, Simone Biles, Stephen Curry, Thomas Davis, Novak Djokovic, Carli Lloyd, Lionel Messi, Ronda Rousey, the Kansas City Royals, Jordan Spieth, and American Pharoah... the horse.