Angelique Kerber has been recognized for her wonderful 2016 season with a nomination for the prestigious Laureus World Sportswoman Of The Year award.
The WTA has a fine track record at the Laureus World Sports Awards, which began in 2000, triumphing in the Sportwoman Of The Year category on five occasions. Serena Williams was victorious in 2007, 2009 and 2016 - she is the only athlete to win three times - while Jennifer Capriati (2002) and Justine Henin (2008) have also taken home the honor.
In addition to Kerber, the other nominees for Sportswoman of the Year include Simone Biles (gymnastics), Katie Ledecky (swimming) and Allyson Felix (athletics), Elaine Thompson (athletics) and Laura Kenny (cycling).
Last year was a truly memorable one for Kerber, who began it by stunning the tennis world with victory over Williams at the Australian Open. After taking time to come to terms with her status as a Grand Slam champion, she revelled in the limelight during the summer months; at Wimbledon, she reached her second major final, losing narrowly to Williams, following this up with a silver medal at the Rio Olympics and then victory at the US Open. The last of these triumphs also saw the German crowned World No.1 for the first time.
The German is the only WTA player nominated this year, and one of three members of the tennis world, alongside Andy Murray and Juan Martín del Potro.
Largely considered "the Oscars of sports", the Laureus World Sports Awards have been held in major cities all over the world with an all-star cast of hosts, including Jeff Bridges, Heidi Klum, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey and Benedict Cumberbatch. This year's awards are in Monaco.