Serena Williams Wows’em With Speech At Sport Illustrated Ceremony Tuesday Night [Video]
by Tom Gainey | December 16th, 2015, 11:16 am
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Sports Illustrated honored Serena Williams, presenting her with the Sportsperson of the Year Award at a ceremony in NYC Tuesday night. Serena accepted the award after emotional tributes from here mother and three sisters. She talked about battling adversity from an early age and fighting through some of the most challenging physical obstacles of her career for a record year. She also spoke in depth about inspiring other women by winning this award even managed to respond to the American Pharoah fans, saying, “I’ve lived through tragedies and controversies and horses.”

Other highlights from her speech:
“I’ve had people look down on me because I don’t look like them. I look stronger.”

“For all the ladies out there, yes we can do it … My hope [that] by winning this award [I] can inspire many many many more women.”

“I said I wanted to win Wimbledon because Venus said she wanted to win Wimbledon and my dad yelled at me, he’s like ‘Serena stop copying Venus’…so then I said I wanted to win the US Open…and so that’s how that kind of came about”.

“I still have goals and I still have dreams of winning and this award makes me actually want to work harder to reach more goals.”

“I’ve had my shares of ups and downs I’ve had many struggles…I’ve lived through tragedies and controversies and horses.”

Serena’s Sportsperson feature:


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5 Comments for Serena Williams Wows’em With Speech At Sport Illustrated Ceremony Tuesday Night [Video]

RZ Says:

Nice speech. Probably the most sincere I’ve seen Serena. I also watched the speech Venus and the other sisters gave before presenting the award. It was very sweet.


jane Says:

aww, serena looked beautiful and her speech was honest, strong and totally inspiring. great job serena!! i love that she quoted maya angelou…awesome!


Truthsquad Says:

Wonderful speech and well deserved honor.


Okiegal Says:

Great honor, good speech and so happy for her, she is an amazing athlete. She works hard at her craft and it’s paid big dividends. She loses her cool at times but her passion for the game is something else. Love to watch her pay….exciting!


Tennis Pro Says:

Good speech by Serena, i have watched both video of Serena, she is very talented tennis player.

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