Serena Williams honoured as 2009 top tennis player

2010-03-25 08:24

World No. 1 Serena Williams won the 2009 WTA Tour Player of the

Year award and also took the Doubles Team of the year honours with sister Venus

at a ceremony held at the Sony Ericsson Open yesterday.

Serena Williams, wearing high heels despite a knee injury, was all

smiles when picking up her award.

She won the Australian Open and Wimbledon in

2009, was a semifinalist at the U.S. Open and a quarterfinalist at the French


The Williams sisters won the 2009 Australian Open, Wimbledon, and

U.S. Open doubles titles as well as the doubles crown at Stanford.

“It’s exciting because I don’t think we’ve won the Doubles Team of

the Year award before,” Serena Williams told The Associated Press. “I won the

daily double today and that was cool.”

U.S. Open champion Kim Clijsters captured the Comeback Player of

the Year and Karen Krantzcke Sportsmanship Award.

This marked the seventh time in Clijsters’ career she won the

sportsmanship award.

American teen Melanie Oudin, who had a breakthrough 2009 season in

reaching the fourth round at Wimbledon and quarterfinals at the U.S. Open, was

honoured as the Newcomer of the Year. Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium, who broke

into the top 20 last year, won the Most Improved Player award.

Naturalised American Liezel Huber won The Player Service Award for

the fourth time in her career.

Among the causes Huber has raised money for are Hurricane Katrina

victims and “Locks of Love,” a non-profit organisation that provides hairpieces

to financially disadvantaged children suffering from medical hair loss.

Russian Elena Dementieva was voted as the Fan Favourite Singles

Player of the Year by fans online.


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