The International Tennis Federation has named world No.1 Serena Williams the 2009 Women’s Singles World Champion, for the second time in her career, and in addition, together with sister Venus, the American received the honor of being the 2009 Women’s Doubles World Champion.
It is the first time since 1999, when Martina Hingis achieved the feat, that a player received both singles and doubles honors.
The awards will be given to the ITF World Champions at the annual ITF World Champions Dinner on June 1, in Paris, during the French Open.
Serena achieved a number of enormous successes in 2009. She won two Grand Slam singles titles (Australian Open and Wimbledon) and three doubles Grand Slam titles (Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open). In addition, the winner of 11 majors in singles and 10 in doubles sealed the No.1 ranking by triumphing at the Sony Ericsson Championships in Doha. (source: On the Baseline, photo via Sony Ericsson WTA Tour)