American Sofia Kenin has been named WTA Player of the 12 months after successful her maiden Fantastic Slam singles title on the Australian Birth. Kenin defeated World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty within the semi-finals and twice Fantastic Slam champion Garbine Muguruza within the final to utter the title at Melbourne Park. Kenin additionally reached the French Birth final and carried out the season ranked a profession-excessive No. 4.
The 22-12 months-feeble is the eighth American to get the WTA Player of the 12 months accolade, becoming a member of Serena Williams, Martina Navratilova, Lindsay Davenport, Tracy Austin, Chris Evert, Venus Williams and Jennifer Capriati.
Iga Swiatek, who changed into the first Polish player to get a Fantastic Slam singles title when she beat Kenin within the French Birth final, became once named the WTA’s Most Improved Player of the 12 months.
Used world no 1 Victoria Azarenka became once named WTA Comeback Player of the 12 months after she claimed her first title in over four years on the Western & Southern Birth and advanced to her fifth profession Fantastic Slam final on the U.S. Birth. The Belarusian additionally regained her insist within the WTA Prime 20.
France’s Kristina Mladenovic and Hungary’s Timea Babos were voted the WTA’s doubles duo of the 12 months after shooting the Australian Birth and Roland Garros titles.
(Reporting by Arvind Sriram in Bengaluru, making improvements to by Ed Osmond)