Simona Halep and Eugenie Bouchard have been honored by the tennis federations of Romania and Canada respectively.
WTA Staff
December 13, 2018

WTA World No.1 Simona Halep has been named Romania’s Female Player of the Year, while Eugenie Bouchard has scooped the Canadian title for a fifth time.

Halep enjoyed the best season of her career to date, nailing down the top ranking as well as reaching the final of the Australian Open and claiming her first major in the form of the French Open in June.

In total she won 48 matches in a year that was cut short by a back injury, forcing her to miss the WTA Finals in Singapore.

“For me, every prize is important. It shows me that I have been doing my job well and that I have been working for something,” she said. “Thanks to everyone who gave me this award.”

Mihaela Buzarnescu earned recognition as the Most Improved Player, having risen as high as WTA World No.20 over the course of the last year.

Meanwhile, 24-year-old Bouchard has picked up the Tennis Canada Female Player of the Year, having climbed to WTA World No.87 after a fine sequence of results late in the year, which saw her reach the semifinals in Luxembourg.

“Eugenie deserves the honour of Player of the Year after working hard to regain her spot in the Top 100. Her end of season gives us much optimism for 2019,” Michael Downey, president and CEO of Tennis Canada, said.

Also honored by Tennis Canada were Gabriela Dabrowski, who was named Doubles Player of the Year, Rebecca Marino as Most Improved Player and Leylah Annie Fernandez as the Junior Player of the Year.