16/12/2015 06:16 GMT | Updated 16/12/2015 06:59 GMT

Serena Williams Accepts Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year Award In Daring Sheer Dress

Serena Williams' Sports Illustrated cover was accused of being Photoshopped, but after the magazine denied the claims, the tennis champ proved the critics wrong again when picking up her coveted award.

Attending the Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year award ceremony in NYC on Tuesday night, Williams looked nothing short of stunning in a lingerie-style lace dress.

The four-time Olympic gold medalist was given the Sportsperson of the Year title for winning 53 of her 56 tennis matches this year.

Writing about the achievement on her Instagram, Williams said: "This year was spectacular for me. For @SportsIllustrated to recognize my hard work, my dedication, and my sheer determination gives me hope to continue on and do better.

"As I always say, it takes a village it's not just one person. This is not just an accomplishment for me, but for my whole team. I am beyond honored. I love you guys! 2016? #letsdoit"


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