Barty wins second WTA player of the year; Krejickova receives 2 honors

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Barbora Krejcikova (left) and Katerina Siniakova (Czech Republic) celebrate after defeating Hsieh Su-wei (Taiwan) and Elise Mertens (Belgium) in the doubles final of the WTA Finals tennis tournament in Guadalajara, Mexico, Wednesday, November 17, 2021. ( AP Photo / Refugio Ruiz)

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Ash Barty’s Wimbledon title and holding on to the # 1 rankings helped her win the WTA Player of the Year for the second time in the voting results announced on Tuesday.

Barbora Krejcikova was selected as Most Improved Player and shared the Double Team of the Year award with Katerina Siniakova. Krejcikova became the first woman since 2000 to win both singles and doubles at the French Open.

Emma Raducanu was named Newcomer of the Year after winning the US Open at the age of 18 and becoming the first player to advance from the qualifying round to the Grand Slam title.

Carla Suárez Navarro is Comeback Player of the Year after returning from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma to tour and represent Spain in the Billie Jean King Cup final.

Barty was also named WTA Player of the Year 2019. That season, she led the Tour with five titles, including her second Grand Slam championship at the All England Club.

The 25-year-old Australian also finished first in the year-end ranking for the third time in a row.

Krejcikova had never won an individual title before taking three titles in 2021, including at Roland Garros, and she rose from 65th place at the end of 2020 to 3rd place in the individual ranking.

Krejcikova and Siniakova were named double team of the year for the second time after 2018. They won the French Open, the WTA final and an Olympic gold medal together that year.


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