Serena Williams among top female athletes in 2015

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Serena Williams among top female athletes in 2015

20. Katie Ledecky

(AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

19. Stacy Lewis

(AP Photo/Michael Probst)

18. Danica Patrick

(Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

17. Garbine Muguruza

(AP Photo/Joseph Nair)

16. Brittany Lincicome

(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

15. Maria Sharapova

(AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

14. Simona Halep

(AP Photo/Joseph Nair)

13. Chloe Kim

(Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

12. Olivia Quigley

(Photo via Special Olympics USA Twitter)

11. Maya Moore

(Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)

10. Tamika Catchings

(Photo by Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images)

9. Lydia Ko

(Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

8. Elena Delle Donne

(AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

7. Breanna Stewart

(AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

6. Alex Morgan

(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

5. Abby Wambach

(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

4. Holly Holm

(Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

3. Ronda Rousey

(Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

2. Carli Lloyd

(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

1. Serena Williams

(Photo by Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)


Another enthralling year of sports is just about in the books, which means it's again time for annual roundups highlighting the best of the last 12 months.

Here, we recap the best female athletes of 2015. Thanks to a plethora of improbable and inspiring performances, this year was one of the most thrilling in recent history.

SEE ALSO: Top sports moments and storylines of 2015

Click through the gallery above to see how we ranked this year's best female athletes, and tweet us at @AOLSports with your reactions.

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