TAIPEI–Taiwan’s Yani Tseng and four other nominees were beaten out by Kenyan runner Vivian Cheruiyot for Sportswoman of the Year at the Laureus World Sports Awards Monday. Tseng had been considered one of the favorites in the race for top female athlete at the awards ceremony, known as the Oscars of the sports world, and was hoping to become Taiwan’s first-ever winner of a Laureus award.
The world’s top-ranked women’s golfer missed out on the honor despite dominating her sport last year, winning 12 golf titles worldwide and becoming the youngest player in golf history — male or female — to win five majors in a career. Tseng said that she wanted to win the award but tried to treat it like any other event in life. “If my expectations are too high, it will only bring disappointment if I don’t get it,” she said.