Serena Williams, wearing high heels despite a knee injury, was all smiles when picking up her award. She won the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the Sony Ericsson Championship in 2009, was a semifinalist at the U.S. Open, and a quarterfinalist at the French Open. Additionally, she was a semifinalist at five more Tour events and recorded 14 wins over Top 10 opponents during the season. Williams finished 2009 as the top ranked singles player in the world, marking the fifth time in her career she reached #1 in the rankings.
The Williams sisters won the 2009 Australian Open, Wimbledon, and U.S. Open doubles titles as well as the doubles crown at Stanford. ''It's exciting because I don't think we've won the Doubles Team of the Year award before,'' Serena Williams told The Associated Press. ''I won the daily double today and that was cool.''