(Amazing that Kim went back to Abu Dhabi to accept the Laureus award on Wednesday. Does Southwest fly direct from Abu Dhabi to Palm Springs?)
The Laureus World Sports Awards winners were announced today and both Kim Clijsters and Serena Williams got the nod (via Laureus.com):
US tennis star Serena Williams has won her second Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Award, seven years after her first, following Grand Slam victories in Australia and at Wimbledon. It was her third Laureus Award in total, after also winning the Laureus Comeback Award in 2007.
Belgium’s Kim Clijsters won the Laureus World Comeback of the Year Award after her remarkable return to tennis in 2009 when she won the US Open Grand Slam title in only her third tournament following a two-year absence.
With her third award, Serena’s edging up on Roger Federer’s record four Laureus wins (she now holds the record for a female athlete.) Speaking of Roger, he was denied a fifth this year by Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, who also won the award last year (beating out Rafael Nadal.)
Looks like Roger has some competition in the Laureus department. But it’s the competition on the tennis court that really counts, right?
Here’s the full list of 2010 Laureus winners (recognized for achievements in 2009)
Laureus World Sportsman of the Year: Usain Bolt
Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year: Serena Williams
Laureus World Team of the Year: Brawn GP Formula One
Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year: Jenson Button
Laureus World Comeback of the Year: Kim Clijsters
Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability: Natalie du Toit
Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year: Stephanie Gilmore
There were two additional Awards: The Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to athletics legend Nawal El Moutawakel, while American basketball star Dikembe Mutombo won the Laureus Sport for Good Award for his charitable work in the Congo.
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