Vote Now: Player Of The Year
Published November 14, 2014 12:15
The finalists for 2014 WTA 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 Thursday at 11:59pm ET! The winner will be announced Friday, November 21.
2014 WTA Player Of The Year Finalists
Serena Williams: With titles in Brisbane, Miami and Rome, it would be churlish to describe the first half of Williams' season as disappointing. Yet, while it was certainly no disaster, by her own high standards, failures at the Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon saw the World No.1 head to the hardcourts of North America eager to prove a point. And prove a point she did, willing herself back into form in July and August, before capping off this turnaround by waltzing to a sixth US Open. Williams then followed this up by overcoming a humbling round robin loss to Simona Halep to emerge victorious at the WTA Finals.
Maria Sharapova: Once again, it was Sharapova's clay court brilliance that characterized her season. After a slow start on her return from injury, the Russian finally got her hands on some silverware as the tour made its way to Europe, where she triumphed at three of the four events she contested on the dirt, culminating in a dramatic three set win over Simona Halep in the French Open final. Although she struggled to scale these heights again, Sharapova ended the year in style, derailing the in-form Petra Kvitova to lift the Beijing title and climbing back to No.2 in the rankings.
Petra Kvitova: It was a season of two halves for Kvitova in 2014. Victory on the All-England Club's hallowed turf breathed life into a season that looked in danger of petering out and reminded the tennis world of the Czech's mouthwatering potential. Buoyed by her fantastic Wimbledon fortnight, Kvitova picked up further titles in New Haven and Wuhan as well as finishing runner-up to rival Maria Sharapova in Beijing.
Simona Halep: Halep went into the season with plenty of momentum on the back of an encouraging end to 2013 and showed no sign of slowing down in January, battling through to the last eight at the Australian Open. It was not long before she reacquainted herself with that winning feeling, overcoming a number of the WTA's more established stars en route to the title in Doha. This knack of making it to the business end of the big events carried on into the clay court season, falling to Maria Sharapova in the finals of Madrid and Roland Garros. A Wimbledon semifinal followed before closing her campaign with a runner-up finish at the WTA Finals.
Ana Ivanovic: Ivanovic set the tone for a campaign characterized by its consistency Down Under, picking up the title in Auckland before reaching the quarterfinals at the Australian Open. She continued to impress as the tour moved to Europe for the clay court season, deep runs in Stuttgart, Madrid and Rome earmarking her as a dark horse for the French Open. It was not to be in Paris, Lucie Safarova dashing her hopes, or Wimbledon, where she lost to Sabine Lisicki, but she finished the year on a high winning in Tokyo and returning to the Top 10.
Li Na: The tennis world waved goodbye to Li Na in 2014 but not before she had time to write one final chapter in her legendary story. The Chinese great produced arguably the best tennis of her career to lift the Australian Open, dismissing an on-song Dominika Cibulkova in the final. While she struggled to replicate this showing throughout the rest of the year, it was by no means her only success. In Indian Wells she made the semifinals, before losing out to the irrepressible Serena Williams in Miami.
WTA Player Of The Year Winners
2013: Serena Williams
2012: Serena Williams
2011: Petra Kvitova
2010: Kim Clijsters
2009: Serena Williams
2008: Serena Williams
2007: Justine Henin
2006: Amélie Mauresmo
2005: Kim Clijsters
2004: Maria Sharapova
Click here to see all the WTA Player of the Years Winners
Don't forget to vote for the other 2014 WTA Awards
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