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Serena Williams wins WTA Tour Player of the Year award

2012-11-29 13:50:36

Serena Williams

Serena Williams has been named WTA Tour Player of the Year for the fourth time after winning Wimbledon, the US Open and Olympic gold in 2012.

The American struggled at the start of the year and went out of the Australian Open in the fourth round.

However, tournament victories in Charleston and Madrid in April and May set up the world number three for a run of 48 wins in 50 matches.

Williams previously won the WTA award in 2002, 2008 and 2009.


Serena Williams 2012 honours

William, 31, ended her year by winning the WTA Tour championships in Istanbul, beating Maria Sharapova 6-4 6-3 in the final.

However, despite winning seven titles in 2012, Williams finished the season third in the world rankings behind Victoria Azarenka and Sharapova.

Williams is one of only three players to win the award more than twice in its 36-year history, alongside eight-time winner Steffi Graf and seven-time winner Martina Navratilova.

Source: bbc.co.uk

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