E – England

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Rugby League – England v New Zealand – Third Test – DW Stadium, Wigan, England – 14/11/15
England players pause during a minute’s silence in memory of the Paris attacks before the match
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One of the few entries in this list who made it for negative reasons. 2015 hasn’t been the finest of the years for the English teams across various sports. The English national teams got knocked out of the 2015 Cricket World Cup and Rugby World Cup, both in the group stages, thus emulating the feat made by the England football team a year before. English teams have suffered and they can only hope to regain some reign over the matter in the coming year.

F – Flavia Pennetta

Although the year started out pretty slow for the Italian tennis player, she soon found her pace and jumped right back into the game we all love. She became the only Women’s Singles Grand Slam winner this year who was not Serena Williams when she won the US Open and in style as it was the first ever all-Italian Grand Slam final against Roberta Vinci.

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Flavia Pennetta of Italy hits a return to Maria Sharapova of Russia during their women’s singles tennis match of the WTA Finals at the Singapore Indoor Stadium October 29, 2015. REUTERS/Edgar Su

With this win, she attained her all time career-high ranking, being ranked 6th. She also announced her retirement this year, leaving on a very soaring note.

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