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Serena Williams has ended the year as the world number one after a brilliant 2013 season on the WTA Tour.
Williams rolled back the years this season to become the oldest player to sit at the top of the rankings as she returned to the summit in February. The 32-year-old has picked up $9 million in prize money after another dominating display at the top of the game.
She added the French and Us Open titles to her impressive collection of 17 Grand Slams as well as winning seven other tournaments on the Tour. With an impressive 67 wins and four losses, Williams picks up the prestigious award for the third time, after ending the year as number one in 2002 and 2009.
Speaking about the rankings, WTA chairperson Stacey Allaster told the WTA website: “Serena has proven time and time again throughout her career that she is an incredible champion, both on and off the court. This season she continues to rewrite the record books, proving she is one of the sport’s greatest athletes of all time.”
So far in her career, Williams has amassed 55 singles titles and 22 doubles crowns and she now joins Justine Henin and Martina Hingis as a three-time year-ending world number one. Only Steffi Graf (8), Martina Navratilova (7), Chris Evert (5) and Lindsay Davenport (4) have finished on top of the pile on more occasions.
Williams will be presented with her trophy during the WTA Championships in Turkey in October.