Eleven-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams has won her second ESPY Award, beating out world number one Dinara Safina and 2009 Roland Garros champion Svetlana Kuznetsova to receive the award.
Serena’s first ESPY award was for Best Female Athlete in 2003, and now she has won the Best Female Tennis Player Award.
Besides Serena, tennis stars Venus Williams and Bethanie Mattek-Sands graced the ceremony at the Nokia Theater L.A. where the winners of the 2009 ESPY Awards were announced.
The Williams sisters presented former South African president Nelson Mandela the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. Mandela’s daughter Zindzi Mandela and grandson Zondwa Mandela were at the Nokia Theatre to accept the award, which is presented annually to individuals whose contributions transcend sports.
The ESPYs, short for the Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Awards, are US cable sports network ESPN’s annual player awards.