In a vote by U.S. editors and news directors, female tennis number one player Serena Williams has been chosen as The Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year for the fourth time after receiving 50 first-place votes and 352 points.

Serena previously won the award in 2002, 2009 and 2013. She is tied for second with the most number of wins for the AP Female Athlete of the Year behind Babe Didrikson who has six.

In the year 2015, Serena won the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon before missing the Grand Slam title with a loss at U.S. Open semifinals, in all, Williams went 53-3 with a WTA tour-leading five titles and was ranked No. 1 every week. She raised her Grand Slam singles trophy count to 21; only two women -- Margaret Court and Steffi Graf -- have won more.

Only at the US Open, with the historic achievement of a calendar-year Grand Slam in the offing, did Williams stumble, losing a three-setter to 43rd-ranked Roberta Vinci of Italy.

Appreciating the Award, the 34 year old athlete took to her Instagram account to thank her fans for the show of love and support.

In her words, "Female athlete of the year from AP. Thank you. It's been an incredible year. I look forward to making more memorable memories next year. I love you all."

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