Right Or Wrong? Kvitova Bumps No. 1 Wozniacki For WTA Player Of Year Award

by Staff | November 14th, 2011, 2:35 pm

The WTA announced its 2011 year-end awards and the big winner was Petra Kvitova. The young Czech walked away with three awards including Player of the Year, beating out world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki for the honor.

The second ranked Kvitova finished with six WTA titles including Wimbledon and the year-end WTA championships.

“This season has been simply a dream,” Kvitova said. “It is an incredible honor to win the Player Of The Year award and join the ranks of some of the best players that have ever played the sport, especially Martina Navratilova. I will always cherish the 2011 season and look forward to building on it.”

The award often goes to the No. 1 player but Wozniacki failed to reach a Grand Slam final opening the door for the lefty to take the honor.

Kvitova was also named Most Improved Player and she won the Karen Krantzcke Sportsmanship Award.

The top ranked doubles pairing of Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik won Doubles Team Of The Year.

Irina-Camelia Begu grabbed Newcomer Of The Year honors after a breakthrough season that saw her rise from No. 214 to No. 38.

Big serving Sabine Lisicki won Comeback Player Of The Year honors. The German won two titles and was a semifinalist at Wimbledon.

Likable Italian Francesca Schiavone won the Player Service Award, which recognizes the player who has done the most to support her fellow players through the WTA Players’ Council and other initiatives.

In the fan vote, Agnieszka Radwanska won Favorite Singles Player. Victoria Azarenka and Maria Kirilenko won Favorite Doubles Team and Kvitova was named Breakthrough player.

The WTA players also voted on Tournaments Of The Year, with the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart retaining its crown as favorite Premier event. The Abierto Mexicano TELCEL in Acapulco was named favorite International event.

The winners of the annual player awards for Player of the Year, Doubles Team of the Year, Most Improved Player of the Year and Comeback Player of the Year are determined by the global tennis media, with WTA players themselves selecting Tournaments Of The Year, Sportsmanship and Player Service awards.

PLAYER AWARDS (media vote)
Player Of The Year: Petra Kvitova
Doubles Team Of The Year: Kveta Peschke & Katarina Srebotnik
Comeback Player Of The Year: Sabine Lisicki
Most Improved Player Of The Year: Petra Kvitova
Newcomer Of The Year: Irina-Camelia Begu

PLAYER AWARDS (player vote)
Player Service: Francesca Schiavone
Karen Krantzcke Sportsmanship: Petra Kvitova
Favorite Premier Tournament: Porsche Tennis Grand Prix (Stuttgart)
Favorite International Tournament: Abierto Mexicano TELCEL (Acapulco)

FAN FAVORITES (public vote)
Fan Favorite Singles Player: Agnieszka Radwanska
Fan Favorite Doubles Team: Victoria Azarenka & Maria Kirilenko
Fan Favorite Breakthrough Player: Petra Kvitova

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16 Comments for Right Or Wrong? Kvitova Bumps No. 1 Wozniacki For WTA Player Of Year Award

Lulu Iberica Says:

Ha, ha, ha — I love it! Yes, Petra deserves Player of the Year. She won Wimbledon and the year end championship. Hopefully next year she steps up and takes the #1 spot too!

RZ Says:

Radwanska won the fan favorite award? That’s surprising, but good for her, and good for the fans voting for her.

Dean Daggett Says:

WTA, ITF and tennis reporters take note. You resisted Kvitova primarily because you did not see her as ‘celeb’ material as not being a ‘hottie.’ The public has better judgment, they like her…a lot.

Brando Says:

The right thing to do! In all honesty I do not watch women’stennis at all, BUT I have watched the odd kvitova matches and she is a very good player. Winning wimby, WTF and finishing no.2 is far greater achievement than just finishing no.1. Next year kvitova shall hopefully get the no.1.

Kimmi Says:

Congrats petra. she definetly deserve it. Eager to watch her improve next year.

I am very surprised the fan fav went to radwanska. where is the hottie sharapova? where is serena? and ofcourse where is wozniacki?

radwanska has won a lot of fans this year. i think it is her best year. she has won big tournaments for the first time and her fighting spirit is incredible. I find her great to watch with so much variety. Hope she continues to play well next season.

Kimmi Says:

so petra also wins the sportsmanship award from her fellow players. Great. Looks like they don’t mind her screams. ha ha Go petra.

carlo Says:

Congratulations to Petra Kvitova and Agnieszka Radwanska!

jane Says:

Congrats to the winners, esp. Petra. I think it’s right, given her dual success of Wimbledon and Tour finals.

Matt Says:

Love that Kvitova rec’d love. Tennis afficioniados have to be thrilled with the support she received (over the lovely and amiable Woz). Radwanska being the fan favorite is puzzling….but in a fun way. I can appreciate the good characteristics of Sharapova (fighter, jeez, trying to play tennis w/o a serve) and Serena (attacking style…wow), but would not ever vote for them as fan favorite. I love me some Venus (always and forever), am charmed by Li Na, delighted by Schiavone’s game, attracted to Zvonareva and wowed by Stosur’s US Open victory…but would never imagine Aggie as the fan favorite. Very fun choice of a player that gets so much out of her game.

margot Says:

Gr8 article by Steve Tignor, on his blog, about Kvitova and nice cameos of all the top women players. Interestingly, he seems to rate Radwanska above them all.
He is the most brilliant writer!

Kimberly Says:

what’s up, Serena didn’t get the sportsmanship award?

mmm Says:

Petra definitely deserves it. They both won 6 titles, but Petra won Wimbledon and in Istanbul. Caroline didn’t even make a slam final. Way to go Petra!

Nenad Marijo Pejic Says:

I think that Caroline Wozniacki deserves all the awards there are in this world. Serena damages the tennis court with her play. Kvitova is not even close to Wozniacki, I have not even seen her playing anywhere maybe I do not want to see her playing. Stosur is a good body builder. Venus is way too loud as her sister. Zvonareva could use a good diet. LiNa likes to cus a lot. Sharapova lost her speed. People need to let my teddy bear Caroline play more and cheer her up.

jakub Says:

Petra Kvitov√° played 20 matches against Top 10 players. Won 14, lost 6. // Caroline Wozniacki played 14 against Top 10 players. Won 8, lost 6.
Petra Kvitov√° played 73 games this year, won 60, lost 13 (82,2%)
Caroline Wozniacki played 80 games, won 63, lost 17 (78.8%).
Plus Petra won Wimbledon and WTA Championships and led Czechs to win FedCup (played 6, won 6).
The Queen is Petra, no doubt

gary Says:

great to see francesca schiavone get an award !

grendel Says:

“Kvitova is not even close to Wozniacki, I have not even seen her playing anywhere maybe I do not want to see her playing”


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