Laureus World Sports Awards - Women

The Laureus World Sports Awards are awarded annually to sports men and women who have been outstanding in sport during the previous year. For example, the 2017 award is for outstanding achievement in the 2016 calendar year.

Serena Williams has won the award four times. The award to Marion Jones in 2000 was later reversed after she admitted using performance-enchancing drugs - no replacement winner was named.

Here are the winners of the women's award since the first was presented in 2000. Tennis player Serena Williams has won the award four times, US gymnast Simone Biles three.

Winners List

year winner other nominees
2020 Simone Biles
(USA)
Gymnastics
Allyson Felix, athletics
Megan Rapinoe, football
Mikaela Shiffrin, alpine skiing
Naomi Osaka, tennis
Shelly-Ann Fraser, athletics
2019 Simone Biles
(USA)
Gymnastics
Simona Halep, Tennis
Angelique Kerber, Tennis
Ester Ledecka, Skiing / Snowboarding
Daniela Ryf, Ironman Triathlon
Mikaela Shiffrin, Skiing
2018 Serena Williams
(USA)
Tennis
Allyson Felix, athletics
Katie Ledecky, swimming
Garbiñe Muguruza, tennis
Caster Semenya, athletics
Mikaela Shiffrin, alpine skiing
2017 Simone Biles
(USA)
Gymnastics
Katie Ledecky (swimming)
Allyson Felix (athletics)
Angelique Kerber (tennis)
Elaine Thompson (athletics)
Laura Kenny (cycling)
2016 Serena Williams
(USA)
Tennis

Genzebe Dibaba, Distance Runner
Katie Ledecky, Swimming
Anna Fenninger, Alpine Skiing
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Track and Field Sprinter
Carli Lloyd, Soccer

2015 Genzebe Dibaba
(Ethiopia)
Athletics
Valerie Adams, Athletics
Li Na, Tennis
Tina Maze, Alpine Skiing
Serena Williams, Tennis
Marit Bjørgen, Nordic Skiing
2014 Missy Franklin
(USA)
Swimming
Serena Williams, Tennis
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Athletics
Yelena Isinbayeva, Athletics
Tina Maze, Alpine Skiing
Nadine Angerer, Football
2013 Jessica Ennis
(England)
Athletics

Allyson Felix, Athletics
Lindsey Vonn, Skiing
Missy Franklin, Swimming
Serena Williams, Tennis
Shelly- Ann Fraser-Pryce, Athletics

2012 Vivian Cheruiyot
(Kenya)
Athletics
Maria Höfl-Riesch
Carmelita Jeter
Petra Kvitova
Homare Sawa
Yani Tseng
2011 Lindsey Vonn
(USA)
Alpine Skiing

Kim Clijsters (Belgium) Tennis
Jessica Ennis (UK) Athletics
Blanka Vlašić (Croatia) Athletics
Serena Williams (USA) Tennis
Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark) Tennis

2010 Serena Williams
(USA)
Tennis
Shelly-Ann Fraser (Jamaica) Athletics
Federica Pellegrini (Italy) Swimming
Sanya Richards (USA) Athletics
Britta Steffen (Germany) Swimming
Lindsey Vonn (USA) Alpine Skiing
2009 Yelena Isinbayeva
(Russia)
Athletics
Tirunesh Dibaba (Ethiopia) Athletics
Lorena Ochoa (Mexico) Golf
Stephanie Rice (Australia) Swimming
Lindsey Vonn (USA) Alpine Skiing
Venus Williams (USA) Tennis
2008 Justine Henin
(Belgiun)
Tennis

Yelena Isinbayeva (Russia) Athletics
Carolina Klüft (Sweden) Athletics
Libby Lenton (Australia) Swimming
Marta Vieria da Silva (Brazil) Soccer
Lorena Ochoa (Mexico) Golf

2007 Yelena Isinbayeva
(Russia)
Justine Henin (Belgium) Tennis
Carolina Klüft (Sweden) Athletics
Laure Manaudou (France) Swimming
Amélie Mauresmo (France) Tennis
Maria Sharapova (Russia) Tennis
2006 Janica Kostelić
(Croatia)
Kim Clijsters (Belgium) Tennis
Tirunesh Dibaba (Ethiopia) Athletics
Yelena Isinbayeva (Russia) Athletics
Carolina Klüft (Sweden) Athletics
Paula Radcliffe (England) Athletics
Annika Sörenstam (Sweden) Golf
2005 Kelly Holmes
(England)
Yelena Isinbayeva (Russia) Athletics
Carolina Klüft (Sweden) Athletics
Maria Sharapova (Russia) Tennis
Annika Sörenstam (Sweden) Golf
Leontien Zijlaard-Van Moorsel (Netherlands) Cycling
2004 Annika Sörenstam
(Sweden)
Inge de Bruijn (Netherlands) Swimming
Justine Henin-Hardenne (Belgium) Tennis
Maria de Lurdes Mutola (Mozambique) Athletics
Paula Radcliffe (United Kingdom) Athletics
Serena Williams (USA) Tennis
2003 Serena Williams
(USA)
Marion Jones (USA) Athletics
Janica Kostelić (Croatia) Alpine Skiing
Paula Radcliffe (United Kingdom) Athletics
Annika Sörenstam (Sweden) Golf
2002 Jennifer Capriati
(USA)
Inge de Bruijn (Netherlands) Swimming
Stacy Dragila (USA) Athletics
Annika Sörenstam (Sweden) Golf
Venus Williams (USA) Tennis
2001 Cathy Freeman
(Australia)
Inge de Bruijn (Netherlands) Swimming
Marion Jones (USA) Athletics
Karrie Webb (Australia) Golf
Venus Williams (USA) Tennis
2000 Marion Jones *
(USA)
Lindsay Davenport (USA) Tennis
Gabriela Szabo (Romania) Athletics

* The award to Marion Jones in 2000 was later reversed after she admitted using performance-enchancing drugs - no replacement winner was named.

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