Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Although the year wasn't great and no one was a dominant force, in the absences of Serena Williams and Kim Clijsters for most of the year, but Kvitova was able to take advantage of the situation and stand of as being the best of a bad situation. And in doing so is now seen by many as the best player in world at the moment, based on current results and form.
On the night of the awards Kvitova took home four award, including Player Of the Year. Kvitova was nammed the most improved player, having risen 32 places in the rankings. The Czech was also honoured with the Karen Krantzcke Sportsman Award, which acknowledges a player's professionalism, attitude and sense of fair player. Finally, she ended the night was the fans' award for favourite break through player.
German Sabine Lisicki beat Serena Williams in the race for comeback player of the year. Lisicki was plagued with a career threatening ankle injury for the past year and half and is finally re finding her potential and ability. Since April Lisicki has jumped 203 ranking places thanks to titles in Brimingham and Dallas and a run to the Wimbledon semi finals as a Wild Card.
Kveta Peschke of Czech Republic and Slovenia's Katarina Srebotnik won the award for doubles team of the year after they won six tour titles, including their first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon.
Romania's Irina-Camelia Begu won newcomer of the year after a season that saw her rise from 214 in the world to a high of 38.