World No. 2, Naomi Osaka has been crowned the 2021 Sportswomen of the Year on Sunday night during the 21st edition of the annual Black Entertainment Television (BET) Award on Sunday night.
The 23-year-old Japanese star beat the like of twenty-time Grand Slam winner, Serena Williams, to the award held at Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles, themed "Year of the Black Woman".
Other nominees in the category include Las Vegas Aces basketball star, A'ja Wilson, Chicago Sky's baller, Candace Parker, American boxer – Claressa Shields, and Phoenix Mercury basketball player, Skylar Diggins-Smith.
In the men's category, Los Angeles Lakers basketball superstar, Lebron James was named the 2021 Sportsman of the Year in a category dominated by NBA superstars.
American football quarterback Patrick Mahomes who plays for the Kansas City Chiefs and Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson were the non-basketball star in the category.
Others in the category include Brooklyn Nets shooting guard, Kyrie Irving, Washington Wizards point guard, Russell Westbrook, and Golden State Warriors point guard, Stephen Curry.