NEW YORK, NY, USA - Every year since 1980, the Women's Sports Foundation, which was founded by Billie Jean King, has honored excellence in women's sports through the Sportswoman of the Year Award. This year, the world's top-ranked female tennis player, Amélie Mauresmo, is one of 10 individual women's sports standouts nominated to receive the coveted award.
The Sportswoman of the Year Award is presented annually to one individual and one team athlete whose performances during the preceding 12-month period have been exceptional. Criteria in the selection process include championships won, records set, and awards received. The 2006 awards consider achievements in the period between August 1, 2005, and July 31, 2006.
Among Mauresmo's stellar achievements during the aforementioned 12-month period are six Sony Ericsson WTA Tour singles titles, the quickest million in women's tennis history and a return to the world No.1 ranking.
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