The finalists for the 2015 WTA Comeback Player Of The Year have been released, and we want to hear from you, the fans. The fan vote will count as one of the coveted media votes.
Have a look at the finalists and cast your vote before Sunday, December 6 at 11:59pm ET! The winner will be announced Tuesday, December 8.
2015 WTA Comeback Player Of The Year Finalists
Venus Williams: Venus Williams could be forgiven for tapering down her schedule, picking and choosing her outings on tour. Instead, the seven-time major winner, now in her mid-30s, has just enjoyed her busiest - and most successful - season in years. Williams began it with victory in Auckland and then defeat to Madison Keys in a barnstorming Australian Open quarterfinal. There was no slowing down as the year wore on, the American repelling the challenge of a number of the game's bright young things en route to further titles in Wuhan and Zhuhai, helping her to rejoin sister Serena in the Top 10 once again.
Bethanie Mattek-Sands: Bethanie Mattek-Sands had a lot of catching up to do at the start of 2015. Ranked outside the Top 250 in both singles and doubles following hip surgery the previous March, the American provided a reminder of her swashbuckling all-court game with a third round run at the Australian Open. She did even better in the doubles, her impromptu partnership alongside Lucie Safarova coming away with the title. There was plenty more success to come - in both formats - credible runs at Wimbledon and the US Open, as well as four more titles alongside Safarova, sending her shooting up the rankings.
Anastasija Sevastova: In 2013, long battles with illness and injury had taken their toll on Anastasija Sevastova, forcing her to walk away from tennis. However, this January she returned to the fold in spectacular fashion, winning her first 13 matches, picking up two ITF Circuit titles in the process. The wins kept coming as the tour headed onto the clay and by the summer she was ready to make her WTA bow, qualifying for Bad Gastein before reaching the semifinals one week later in Florianopolis. This rehabilitation continued in her final WTA outing of the year, the Kremlin Cup, where she made it through qualifying, going on to upset Karolina Pliskova en route to another quarterfinal.
Kateryna Bondarenko: Mothers on tour are few and far between, and Kateryna Bondarenko added to their number last year when she returned to the WTA following the birth of her first child. After finding success hard to come by at first, the Ukrainian began to get into the swing of things this summer, appearing in a WTA quarterfinal (Istanbul) and Grand Slam main draw (US Open) for the first time since rejoining the professional ranks. These performances, which included a win over Venus Williams in Turkey, took the Ukrainian back into the Top 100 - a position she last occupied in August 2012.
WTA Comeback Player of the Year Winners
2014: Mirjana Lucic-Baroni
2013: Alisa Kleybanova
2012: Yaroslava Shvedova
2011: Sabine Lisicki
2010: Justine Henin
2009: Kim Clijsters
2008: Zheng Jie
2007: Lindsay Davenport
2006: Martina Hingis
2005: Kim Clijsters
Click here to see all the WTA Comeback Player of the Year Winners
How it works:
Finalists are selected by wtatennis.com
Comeback Player of the Year criteria includes a player whose ranking previously dropped due to injury or personal reasons and current season's results helped restore ranking
Winner is then determined by a media vote with a fan vote counting as one media vote