Ten sporting stars of 2013

  • Last Updated: December 23 2013, 18:03 GMT

We take a look at 10 sporting stars who made the headlines in 2013.

Sachin Tendulkar: Brought the curtain down on a remarkable career
Sachin Tendulkar: Brought the curtain down on a remarkable career


Murray ended 77 years of hurt by becoming the first British man to win a Wimbledon singles title since Fred Perry in 1936. Murray's straight-sets win over Novak Djokovic gave him his second career grand slam title in a year that also saw him claim tournament wins in Brisbane, Miami and Queen's Club.


Ronnie O'Sullivan may have captured snooker headlines by sweeping to a fifth world title, but the Australian's achievement was no less significant. In taking the UK title in December he became only the eighth player - and the first from overseas - to win the coveted 'triple crown' of world, UK and Masters titles.


Ronaldo may have spent a largely frustrating year at Real Madrid and even suffered the indignity of being mocked by Sepp Blatter. But his performance in Portugal's two-legged World Cup play-off against Sweden - in which he scored all four of his team's goals - saw him arguably overhaul Lionel Messi as the world's best player.


Unassuming Stenson completed a stunning surge up the world golf rankings in 2013 when he became the first player to win the season-ending tournaments of both main tours - the US PGA's FedEx Cup and the European Tour's Race To Dubai. He also finished in the top three in two of the year's four majors.


Billions of Indian sports fans shed tears when Sachin Tendulkar, one of the greatest batsmen of his generation, played his 200th and final Test match against the West Indies in Mumbai in November. In the course of his extraordinary career Tendulkar had racked up 34,357 international runs.


Williams defied suggestions she was past her best in 2013, becoming the oldest world number one in WTA history and claiming her 16th and 17th career grand slam titles with victories at Roland Garros and Flushing Meadows respectively. She rounded off the year in style by retaining her WTA Championships title.


All Blacks star Williams returned to rugby league in style in 2013, leading the Sydney Roosters to the NRL title and being crowned world player of the year. Despite New Zealand's final defeat to Australia, Williams was also the undoubted individual star of a successful 2013 Rugby League World Cup.

SHELLY-ANN FRASER-PRYCEThe Jamaican sprinter was determined 2013 would not be a letdown after retaining her Olympic 100 metres title in London. Fraser-Pryce went one better, not only winning the world 100m title in Moscow but moving up to add her first major title over 200m. She made it a trio of golds when she led home the Jamaican 4x100m relay team.


Boxing's one-man money-making machine proved imperious once more in 2013, shattering more pay-per-view records as he swatted aside leading contenders Robert Guerrero and Saul Alvarez. Mayweather has won all 45 of his professional fights and at the age of 36 there are no signs of his skills diminishing.


The Slovenian skier shattered records in 2013, setting an all-time best points total as she was crowned women's overall world champion as well as the highest number of podium finishes - 24 - in a single season. Maze also became only the sixth woman in history to win races over all five World Cup disciplines.

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