Seven tennis stars honored at the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Player Awards

Elena Dementieva, Venus Williams, Serena Williams, Yanina Wickmayer, Kim Clijsters and Liezel Huber with awards

The annual Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Player Awards were announced in Miami on Wednesday and seven players received the honor for their achievements during 2009.

World No.1 Serena Williams won her third Tour’s Player of the Year award and, together with her sister Venus Williams, the Doubles Team of the Year award. In addition, they got the most votes by fans that voted online and have been honored with Fan Favorite Doubles Team of the Year award. Fan Favorite Singles Player for the Year went to the hands of Elena Dementieva.

Most Improved Player was won by Belgian Yanina Wickmayer, while her compatriot Kim Clijsters picked up Comeback Player of the Year award and her seventh Karen Krantzcke Sportsmanship Award, recognizing her conduct, attitude and fair play.

Melanie Oudin is the Newcomer of the Year, while Liezel Huber has been honored by the Player Service Award for the fourth time.

Here you can remind yourselves of the winners for the year 2008.

Additional information: Players voted on their favorite tournaments, and the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells came out as the favorite Premier event, while the Abierto Mexicano TELCEL in Acapulco is players’ favorite International event. (source: Sony Ericsson WTA Tour)

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8 thoughts on “Seven tennis stars honored at the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Player Awards

  1. marine

    I just don’t understand how can Serena rake awards for sportsmanship after her antics in 2009…!

  2. Marija Post author

    Marine, Serena was clearly the best player in the past year. There was that US Open issue, but still she had the best results.

  3. diteraka

    Marine, don’t be ridiculous, it’s not an award for sportsmanship it’s the award for best player and she was clearly that(tahnk you Marija for being objective unlike that woman).
    you’re always whining about her results and you know what? That bugs you because you can’t do anything about that, seeing her taking awards and not your belgian lady Henin.

  4. marine

    Diteraka, nothing bugs me, I am just expressing my opinion, so you can calm down now.
    I don’t think Serena was the best player on tours, she only worked hard at slams and than withdrew/lost early as much as it was possible.
    I can’t see Henin getting an award for 2009 for anything as she kind of wasn’t playing at the time…
    Logic, logic…

  5. marine

    And other thing is that despite winning 3 slams in 2009 she wasn’t able to hold no.1 spot all year round and was overtaken by someone who did not even win a slam.

  6. Marija Post author

    Diteraka, you may disagree with Marine, but don’t call her ridiculous, no need for that. I’ve noticed that people who defend Serena are the most passionate.

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