The WTA has dished out the year-end awards and two familiar faces highlight the individual categories. For the sixth time in seven years, Petra Kvitova earned the Karen Krantzcke Sportsmanship Award. The Czech, who returned at the French Open after a home robbery left her playing hand injured, was gracious in victory, as always.
“I know I have won this award several times, but this year is extra special for me because I missed the first half of the season,” Kvitova told the WTA. “We are fighters, we are opponents, but on the other hand we are colleagues as well. So for me, the biggest thing is respect.”
The second individual award was given to Lucie Safarova. She earned the Peachy Kellmeyer Player Service Award for the fourth time. Safarova has played a big role on the Player Council since 2009.
The awards are voted on by fellow WTA players. The players also chose their favorite tournaments, with Indian Wells, Rome, Stuttgart and Acapulco emerging as the winners.