May the best man/woman win.

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May the best man/woman win.

A clichéd expression said at the beginning of a competitive event used to express the sportsmanlike desire that the person who truly deserves to win will do so. Are both of you ready? Then shake hands, and may the best woman win. Let's have a fair fight, and may the best man win.
See also: man, may, woman
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During the vice presidential debates, Robredo stood out among the all-male vice presidential cast, closing the debates with her punch lines, the last man standing is a woman, and may the best woman win.
I feel very flattered to be nominated and I guess it's a case of may the best woman win.
This series utterly deserves its Bafta, so all that remains to say is: may the best woman win.