Serena Williams named AP Female Athlete of the Year

By Mike Singer | CBSSports.com

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Serena Williams won her third AP Female Athlete of the Year award on Wednesday. (USATSI)

Serena Williams can add one more title to her already outstanding 2013 campaign: AP's Female Athlete of the Year.

Williams was 78-4 with 11 titles throughout the season, including championships at the French Open and US Open, which increased her career total to 17. It's the third time (2002, 2009) Williams, 32, has won the honor.

Is Williams – who at one point rode a 34-match winning streak this season – ever satisfied?

“Whenever I lose, I get more determined, and it gives me something more to work toward,” she said in an interview with the AP before the US Open. “I don't get complacent and I realize I need to work harder and I need to do better and I want to do better – or I wouldn't keep playing this game.”

Williams received 55 of the 96 votes, finishing well ahead of former Baylor star Brittney Griner, the WNBA's No. 1 pick this past April, who had 14.

The selection for AP's Male Athlete of the Year will be announced on Thursday.

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