WTA Awards

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This is a list with all the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Awards given by the WTA Tour to players who have done or achieved something remarkable during the season or their career.

Player of The Year[change | edit source]

This is awarded to the player who the WTA think has played the best tennis over the year.

Year Player Nationality
2007 Justine Henin  Belgium
2006 Amélie Mauresmo  France
2005 Kim Clijsters  Belgium
2004 Maria Sharapova  Russia
2003 Justine Henin  Belgium
2002 Serena Williams  United States
2001 Jennifer Capriati  United States
2000 Venus Williams  United States
1999 Lindsay Davenport  United States
1998 Lindsay Davenport  United States
1997 Martina Hingis  Switzerland
1996 Steffi Graf  Germany
1995 Steffi Graf  Germany
1994 Steffi Graf  Germany
1993 Steffi Graf  Germany
1992 Monica Seles FR Yugoslavia [1]
1991 Monica Seles SFR Yugoslavia
1990 Steffi Graf  Germany
1989 Steffi Graf  West Germany
1988 Steffi Graf  West Germany
1987 Steffi Graf  West Germany
1986 Martina Navrátilová  United States
1985 Martina Navrátilová  United States
1984 Martina Navrátilová  United States
1983 Martina Navrátilová  United States
1982 Martina Navrátilová  United States [2]
1981 Chris Evert-Lloyd  United States
1980 Tracy Austin  United States
1979 Martina Navrátilová  Czechoslovakia [2]
1978 Martina Navrátilová  Czechoslovakia
1977 Virginia Wade  United Kingdom

Doubles Team of the Year[change | edit source]

This is awarded to the doubles team who the WTA think has played the best tennis over the year.

Year Players
2007 Zimbabwe Cara Black & United States Liezel Huber
2006 United States Lisa Raymond & Australia Samantha Stosur
2005 United States Lisa Raymond & Australia Samantha Stosur
2004 Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual & Argentina Paola Suárez
2003 Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual & Argentina Paola Suárez
2002 Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual & Argentina Paola Suárez
2001 United States Lisa Raymond & Australia Rennae Stubbs
2000 United States Serena Williams & United States Venus Williams
1999 Switzerland Martina Hingis & Russia Anna Kournikova
1998 Switzerland Martina Hingis & Czech Republic Jana Novotná
1997 United States Gigi Fernández & Belarus Natasha Zvereva
1996 Czech Republic Jana Novotná & Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
1995 United States Gigi Fernández & Belarus Natasha Zvereva
1994 United States Gigi Fernández & Belarus Natasha Zvereva
1993 United States Gigi Fernández & Belarus Natasha Zvereva
1992 Latvia Larisa Neiland & Belarus Natasha Zvereva
1991 United States Gigi Fernández & Czechoslovakia Jana Novotná
1990 Czechoslovakia Jana Novotná & Czechoslovakia Helena Suková
1989 Czechoslovakia Jana Novotná & Czechoslovakia Helena Suková
1988 United States Martina Navrátilová & United States Pam Shriver
1987 United States Martina Navrátilová & United States Pam Shriver
1986 United States Martina Navrátilová & United States Pam Shriver
1985 United States Martina Navrátilová & United States Pam Shriver
1984 United States Martina Navrátilová & United States Pam Shriver
1983 United States Martina Navrátilová & United States Pam Shriver
1981 United States Martina Navrátilová & United States Pam Shriver
1980 United States Kathy Jordan & United States Anne Smith
1979 United States Billie Jean King & United States Martina Navrátilová
1978 United States Billie Jean King & United States Martina Navrátilová
1977 United States Martina Navrátilová & Netherlands Betty Stöve

Most Improved Player[change | edit source]

This is awarded to the player who the WTA think has improved the most over the year.

Year Player Nationality
2007 Ana Ivanović  Serbia
2006 Jelena Janković  Serbia
2005 Ana Ivanović  Serbia and Montenegro
2004 Maria Sharapova  Russia
2003 Nadia Petrova  Russia
2002 Daniela Hantuchová  Slovakia
2001 Justine Henin  Belgium
2000 Elena Dementieva  Russia
1999 Serena Williams  United States
1998 Patty Schnyder  Switzerland
1997 Amanda Coetzer  South Africa
1996 Martina Hingis  Switzerland
1995 Chanda Rubin  United States
1994 Mary Pierce  France
1993 Magdalena Maleeva  Bulgaria
1992 Kimiko Date  Japan
1991 Gabriela Sabatini  Argentina
1990 Monica Seles  Yugoslavia [1]
1989 Arantxa Sánchez Vicario  Spain
1988 Arantxa Sánchez  Spain
1987 Lori McNeil  United States
1986 Steffi Graf  West Germany
1985 Helena Suková  Czechoslovakia
1984 Kathy Jordan  United States
1983 Andrea Temesvári  Hungary
1982 Sabina Simmonds  Italy
1981 Barbara Potter  United States
1980 Hana Mandlíková  Czechoslovakia [3]
1979 Sylvia Hanika  West Germany
1978 Virginia Ruzici  Romania
1977 Wendy Turnbull  Australia

Newcomer of the Year[change | edit source]

This is awarded to the player who the WTA think has played the best tennis in their first season as a professional.

Year Player Nationality
2007 Ágnes Szávay  Hungary
2006 Agnieszka Radwańska  Poland
2005 Sania Mirza  India
2004 Tatiana Golovin  France
2003 Maria Sharapova  Russia
2002 Svetlana Kuznetsova  Russia
2001 Daniela Hantuchová  Slovakia
2000 Dája Bedáňová  Czech Republic
1999 Kim Clijsters  Belgium
1998 Serena Williams  United States
1997 Venus Williams  United States
1996 Anna Kournikova  Russia
1995 Martina Hingis  Switzerland
1994 Irina Spîrlea  Romania
1993 Iva Majoli  Croatia
1992 Debbie Graham  United States
1991 Andrea Strnadová  Czechoslovakia
1990 Jennifer Capriati  United States

Comeback Player of the Year[change | edit source]

This is awarded to the player who the WTA think has played the best tennis after coming back from a long break from playing.

Year Player Nationality
2007 Lindsay Davenport  United States
2006 Martina Hingis  Switzerland
2005 Kim Clijsters  Belgium
2004 Serena Williams  United States
2003 Amélie Mauresmo  France
2002 Corina Morariu  United States
2001 Barbara Schwartz  Austria
2000 Iva Majoli  Croatia
1999 Sabine Appelmans  Belgium
1998 Monica Seles  United States
1997 Mary Pierce  France
1996 Jennifer Capriati  United States
1995 Monica Seles  United States [1]
1994 Meredith McGrath  United States
1993 Elizabeth Smylie  Australia
1992 Jenny Byrne  Australia
1991 Stephanie Rehe  United States
1990 Elizabeth Smylie  Australia
1989 Kathy Rinaldi  United States
1988 Pascale Paradis  France
1987 Bettina Bunge  West Germany

Player Service[change | edit source]

Year Player Nationality
2007 Liezel Huber  United States
2004 Nicole Pratt  Australia
2003 Kim Clijsters  Belgium
2002 Not awarded
2001 Nicole Pratt  Australia
2000 Nicole Pratt  Australia
1999 Nicole Pratt  Australia
1998 Joannette Kruger  South Africa
1997 Katrina Adams  United States
1996 Katrina Adams  United States
1995 Marianne Werdel  United States
1994 Marianne Werdel  United States
1993 Pam Shriver  United States
1992 Elise Burgin  United States
1991 Kathy Jordan  United States
1990 Wendy Turnbull  Australia
1989 Mercedes Paz  Argentina

Note: in 2002 the award was not given.

Karen Krantzcke Sportsmanship Award[change | edit source]

Year Player Nationality
2007 Ana Ivanovic  Serbia
2006 Kim Clijsters  Belgium
2005 Kim Clijsters  Belgium
2004 Lindsay Davenport  United States
2003 Kim Clijsters  Belgium
2002 Kim Clijsters  Belgium
2001 Kim Clijsters  Belgium
2000 Kim Clijsters  Belgium
1999 Ai Sugiyama  Japan
1998 Yayuk Basuki  Indonesia
1997 Amanda Coetzer  South Africa
1996 Yayuk Basuki  Indonesia
1995 Amanda Coetzer  South Africa
1994 Kimberly Po  United States
1993 Nicole Arendt  United States
1992 Jill Hetherington  Canada
1991 Judith Wiesner  Austria
1990 Mercedes Paz  Argentina
1989 Gretchen Magers  United States
1988 Svetlana Parkhomenko  Russia
1987 Anne Minter  Australia
1986 Peanut Louie-Harper  United States
1985 Peanut Louie-Harper  United States
1984 Marcella Mesker  Netherlands
1983 Sharon Walsh-Pete  United States
1982 Nancy Yeargin  United States
1981 Diane Esfor
1980 Evonne Goolagong  Australia
1979 Chris Evert  United States
1978 Evonne Goolagong  Australia

Tournaments of the Year[change | edit source]

Tier I - II[change | edit source]

Year Tournament
2006 Indian Wells
2005 Indian Wells
2004 Miami
2003 Moscow
2002 Dubai
2001 Dubai
2000 Montréal
1999 Toronto
1998 Montréal
1997 Indian Wells
1996 San Diego
1995 Miami

Notes[change | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Monica Seles, originally from Yugoslavia, became a U. S. citizen in 1994.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Martina Navrátilová, originally from Czechoslovakia, became a U. S. citizen in 1981.
  3. Hana Mandlíková became an Australian citizen in 1988

Other websites[change | edit source]