WTA Awards

tennis awards for women

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 YearEdit

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 YearEdit

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

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

Most Improved PlayerEdit

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 YearEdit

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 YearEdit

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 ServiceEdit

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 AwardEdit

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 YearEdit

Tier I - IIEdit

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

NotesEdit

  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

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