WTA Diary: Awards Season
Published November 26, 2013 12:02
Every week there's a lot happening on the WTA - on the court, off the court, by the numbers, even a few tweets... catch up on it all in this week's WTA Diary.
Serena unsurprisingly picked up the WTA's Player Of The Year gong, while other awards went to Eugenie Bouchard (newcomer), Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci (doubles team), Simona Halep (most improved) and Alisa Kleybanova (comeback).
Not all of you agreed with this list, however. Here are the results of the first batch of Fan Favorite awards.
The past week has seen plenty of activity on the WTA's coaching carousel, with Sven Groeneveld, Paul Annacone and Nemanja Kontic finding gainful employment with Maria Sharapova, Sloane Stephens and Ana Ivanovic, respectively.
(A late) happy birthday to WTA legend Billie Jean King, who turned 70 on Friday.
I am blown away by all of the wonderful birthday messages I have received. Thank you everyone for your kind words!
Bring On 2014
For Jarmila Gajdosova, 2013 has been tough. A seven-month battle with glandular fever forced the former World No.25 to sit out most of the season on the sidelines, and reduced her to spending entire weekends in bed. However, after making a successful comeback in Nanjing, Gajdosova is now turning her attention to next season.
"Yeah, in a way it's like a new beginning, and whatever's gonna happen is gonna happen, and I'm not too fussed about it," she said. "I'm just going to take it match by match and see if I can improve, and get back to the groove, the way I used to play. If I do it straight away, it will be awesome; if I don't, I don't want to put any timeline on when I want to be back to where I was, because it's still a long way. But I'm just happy that the body's holding up, and I can train and I can compete every day."