AP Female Athlete of the Year

The Associated Press Published:

2013 -- Serena Williams, tennis

2012 -- Gabby Douglas, gymnastics

2011 -- Abby Wambach, soccer

2010 -- Lindsey Vonn, skiing

2009 -- Serena Williams, tennis

2008 -- Candace Parker, basketball

2007 -- Lorena Ochoa, golf

2006 -- Lorena Ochoa, golf-x

2005 -- Annika Sorenstam, golf

2004 -- Annika Sorenstam, golf

2003 -- Annika Sorenstam, golf

2002 -- Serena Williams, tennis

2001 -- Jennifer Capriati, tennis

2000 -- Marion Jones, track

1999 -- U.S. Soccer Team

1998 -- Se Ri Pak, golf

1997 -- Martina Hingis, tennis

1996 -- Amy Van Dyken, swimming

1995 -- Rebecca Lobo, basketball

1994 -- Bonnie Blair, speedskating

1993 -- Sheryl Swoopes, basketball

1992 -- Monica Seles, tennis

1991 -- Monica Seles, tennis

1990 -- Beth Daniel, golf

1989 -- Steffi Graf, tennis

1988 -- Florence Griffith Joyner, track and field

1987 -- Jackie Joyner-Kersee, track and field

1986 -- Martina Navratilova, tennis

1985 -- Nancy Lopez, golf

1984 -- Mary Lou Retton, gymnastics

1983 -- Martina Navratilova, tennis

1982 -- Mary Decker Tabb, track

1981 -- Tracy Austin, tennis-x

1980 -- Chris Evert Lloyd, tennis

1979 -- Tracy Austin, tennis

1978 -- Nancy Lopez, golf

1977 -- Chris Evert, tennis

1976 -- Nadia Comaneci, gymnastics

1975 -- Chris Evert, tennis

1974 -- Chris Evert, tennis

1973 -- Billie Jean King, tennis

1972 -- Olga Korbut, gymnastics

1971 -- Evonne Goolagong, tennis

1970 -- Chi Cheng, track

1969 -- Debbie Meyer, swimming

1968 -- Peggy Fleming, figure skating

1967 -- Billie Jean King, tennis

1966 -- Kathy Whitworth, golf

1965 -- Kathy Whitworth, golf

1964 -- Mickey Wright, golf

1963 -- Mickey Wright, golf

1962 -- Dawn Fraser, swimming

1961 -- Wilma Rudolph, track

1960 -- Wilma Rudolph, track

1959 -- Maria Bueno, tennis

1958 -- Althea Gibson, tennis

1957 -- Althea Gibson, tennis

1956 -- Pat McCormick, diving

1955 -- Patty Berg, golf

1954 -- Babe Didrikson Zaharias, golf

1953 -- Maureen Connolly, tennis

1952 -- Maureen Connolly, tennis

1951 -- Maureen Connolly, tennis

1950 -- Babe Didrikson Zaharias, golf

1949 -- Marlene Bauer, golf

1948 -- Fanny Blankers-Koen, track

1947 -- Babe Didrikson Zaharias, golf

1946 -- Babe Didrikson Zaharias, golf

1945 -- Babe Didrikson Zaharias, golf-x

1944 -- Ann Curtis, swimming

1943 -- Patty Berg, golf

1942 -- Gloria Callen, swimming

1941 -- Betty Hicks Newell, golf

1940 -- Alice Marble, tennis

1939 -- Alice Marble, tennis

1938 -- Patty Berg, golf

1937 -- Katherine Rawls, swimming

1936 -- Helen Stephens, track-x

1935 -- Helen Wills Moody, tennis

1934 -- Virginia Van Wie, golf

1933 -- Helen Jacobs, tennis

1932 -- Babe Didrikson, track

1931 -- Helene Madison, swimming

x-both male and female winner were from the same sport