Tennis superstar Serena Williams and NBA star Lebron James were selected by The Associated Press as the Female and Male Athletes of the Decade this weekend after a vote by AP member sports editors and AP beat writers.
Williams, 38, edged out Olympic Gymnast Simone Biles to take the title for the females, while James, 35, handily beat out New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for the men.
Williams has won 12 Grand Slam titles over the past decade, more than any woman has won over the past 10 seasons, made the final at 19 of the 33 majors she competed in and she even won the Australian Open in 2017 while pregnant. Serena boasts 72 singles titles in her career and has won 37 in the past 10 years. In addition to an extraordinary professional decade, Williams returned to the court eight months after giving birth despite multiple medical scares.
Lebron. James, meanwhile, has scored more points than anybody else in the NBA in the last 10 years. While starting the decade at 124th in the league’s all-time scoring list, he’s now within reach of surpassing Kobe Bryant for third place (Karl Malone and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar are second and first, respectively).