American Serena Williams for the fifth time recognized as the athlete of the year according to the Associated Press. According to the results of voting by the editor of the publication, she scored 93 points. Her closest pursuer, gymnast Simone Biles, received 68 votes. The press service of the AP noted the desire and character of Williams. Earlier, Serena received this award in 2002, 2009, 2013 and 2015.