She didn’t finish first in the rankings but Serena Williams still walked away with the WTA Player of the Year award on Thursday, the WTA announced.
Serena finished an impressive 2012 season with a 59-4 record, seven titles on three different surfaces including Wimbledon, the Olympics, the US Open and the year-ending WTA Championships. And she ended the year on a 12-match win streak and having won 48 of her last 50 matches.
Serena was also impeccable against her chief rivals compiling a jaw-dropping 12 straight victories against Top 4 players winning 18 of 19.
Likely due to her lack of play the second half the season, Serena finished ranked No. 3, almost 1200 points behind No. 1 Victoria Azarenka and 645 behind No. 2 Maria Sharapova. Serena played just three events following the early August Olympics.
Azarenka won six titles including her first Grand Slam at the Australian Open. Sharapova completed her career Slam at the French Open which was also the last of her three crowns on the year.
This is the fourth time Williams has won Player Of The Year, having also won it in 2002 (when she finished No.1), 2008 (when she finished No.2 behind Jelena Jankovic) and 2009 (when she finished No.1).
The award is voted by an international media panel.
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