Sorenstam Third in Female Athlete of the Year


Annika Sorenstam finished third to tennis' Jennifer Capriati for the Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year Award.
Sorenstam dominated the LPGA in 2001, winning eight times, the most victories in 22 years, and became the first woman to shoot 59 in competition. She finished with 94 points in the voting. Capriati earned 157 points from sports writers and broadcasters to top fellow tennis star Venus Williams (120).
Capriati, 25, won three titles in 2001, including her first two major championships. She was a tennis prodigy, reaching, at the age of 14, the semifinals in the first Grand Slam event she played. However, she endured drugs and other problems, and dropped off the tour after the 1993 U.S. Open.
After showing flashes of her old form in 2000, Capriati won both the French Open and Australian Open this year.
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