Serena Williams among top female athletes in 2015

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Serena Williams among top female athletes in 2015

18. Danica Patrick

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13. Chloe Kim

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12. Olivia Quigley

(Photo via Special Olympics USA Twitter)

11. Maya Moore

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10. Tamika Catchings

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9. Lydia Ko

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4. Holly Holm

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3. Ronda Rousey

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1. Serena Williams

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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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