Serena Williams was named the Laureus World Sports Awards Sportswoman of the Year, giving her a record fifth win. The 36-year-old from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, won her 23rd Grand Slam title and her seventh Australian Open in 2017 before going on maternity leave and giving birth to her first child. Only Margaret Court has more Grand Slam wins with 24, but Williams holds the record for the open era.

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