Vote Now: Most Improved Player
Published November 11, 2014 12:14
Finalists for the 2014 WTA Most Improved Player Of The Year have been released, and for the first time ever, you the fans can vote. The fan vote will count as one of the coveted media votes.
Have a look at the finalists and cast your vote before Monday at 11:59pm ET! The winner will be announced Tuesday, November 18.
2014 WTA Most Improved Player Finalists
Eugenie Bouchard: While Bouchard had made great strides in 2013, few were expecting her to make such a spectacular start to the new campaign. At the Australian Open, the Canadian's attacking style on court and girl-next-door charm off it earned her an army of loyal followers who packed the courtside seats during her run to the semifinals. And she proved this was no flash in the pan, reaching the same stage at the French Open and then finishing runner-up to Petra Kvitova at Wimbledon.
CoCo Vandeweghe: After an inauspicious start to the campaign, Vandeweghe arrived in Miami in early spring eager to make up for lost time. She did just that with a run to the fourth round that included grueling back-to-back wins over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Samantha Stosur. The summer brought further success, the young American winning a maiden WTA title in 's-Hertogenbosch and then victories over Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic en route to the quarterfinals in Montréal.
Karolina Pliskova: While she may not have created the same number of headlines as her fellow WTA Rising Stars Bouchard and Simona Halep, Pliskova is well placed to follow in their footsteps. With heavy groundstrokes and a huge serve, the Czech has all the ingredients to make it to the very top and was a regular at the business end of tournaments in 2014. After finishing as runner-up at Pattaya City, Nürnberg and Hong Kong, Pliskova finally rid herself of the bridesmaid tag with titles in Seoul and Linz to finish the year safely inside the Top 30.
Casey Dellacqua: In 2013, Dellacqua caught the eye with her exploits alongside fellow Australian Ashleigh Barty on the doubles court. However, this time around she has proved just as successful flying solo. Having started the year with a bang, reaching the fourth round of the Australian Open, Dellacqua was just as impressive away from home, beating a succession of higher-ranked players en route to the Indian Wells quarterfinals. In Birmingham, her attacking instincts came to the fore as she reached the second WTA semifinal of her career, before closing the Grand Slam season by reaching the last 16 at the US Open.
Caroline Garcia: Since being earmarked as a future No.1 by Andy Murray after running Maria Sharapova close at the French Open in 2011, Caroline Garcia's ascension up the tennis ranks has been far from plain sailing. Despite her undoubted gifts, the Frenchwoman struggled to deal with the weight of expectation over the following years, which were spent, for the most part, hovering outside the Top 100. In 2014, though, she has delivered on that early promise. In April, she picked up a first WTA title (in Bogotá), following this up with Premier quarterfinals in Madrid and Wuhan, and in October reached a career-high No.34 in the rankings.
WTA Most Improved Player Winners
2013: Simona Halep
2012: Sara Errani
2011: Petra Kvitova
2010: Francesca Schiavone
2009: Yanina Wickmayer
2008: Dinara Safina
2007: Ana Ivanovic
2006: Jelena Jankovic
2005: Ana Ivanovic
2004: Maria Sharapova
Click here to see all the WTA Most Improved Player Winners
How it works:
Finalists are selected on wtatennis.com
Winner is then determined by a media vote with a fan vote counting as one media vote