After one of the most amazing seasons ever (over-the-top amazing), Serena Williams has been named the Player of the Year by the WTA Tour.
Even though Victoria Azarenka ends the year in no.1 spot on the WTA rankings, and appeared to be unbeatable at the beginning of the season, there can be little argument that the 31 year-old Williams has been the best player in the world since losing in the first round of the French Open in May. After the Roland Garros defeat to Virginie Razzano, Williams turned things around in July by winning her fifth Wimbledon title. She continued to dominate in every way possible and there is absolutely no other woman more worthy of the honor.
WTA 2012 Player of the Year Serena Williams via zumapress.com
Williams, who has won 15 Grand Slam singles titles and four Olympic gold medals in her career, was 58-4 over the 2012 season. She won seven titles, including two Grand Slams (Wimbledon and US Open), Olympic gold, the WTA Championships, and a mind-blowing 48-2 win-loss record from the beginning of the claycourt season until the end of the year. And, to top things off, Williams won Wimbledon doubles title and Olympic gold medal with sister Venus in 2012. Wow!
And that's not all. Serena finished the year with a 4-0 record against No.1s and 15-0 against the Top 5.
This is the fourth time Serena has won the award, which is voted on by members of the international media. Previously she won it in 2002, 2008 and 2009. In 2002 she clinched eight titles and was undefeated at Grand Slams (21-0), undefeated by Top 5 players (11-0) and undefeated by No.1s (3-0)
Only Steffi Graf (eight times) and Martina Navratilova (seven times) have won the award more than Williams.
Other WTA awards were:
Comeback Player of the Year : Yaroslava Shvedova
Doubles Team of the Year: Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci
Newcomer of the Year: Laura Robson
Karen Krantzcke Sportsmanship Award : Kim Clijsters
Player Service Award : Venus Williams
Fan Favorite Singles Player: Agnieszka Radwanska
Fan Favorite Doubles Team: Serena and Venus Williams
Fan Favorite Twitter : Caroline Wozniacki
Fan Favorite Facebook : Agnieszka Radwanska
Fan Favorite Video: Agnieszka Radwanska
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