Three players, three champions: who was your January Player of the Month? It's time to vote!
WTA Staff
February 5, 2019

A new year is upon us, and that means it's time for you to make your voices heard once more: it's time to crown the first monthly award-winners of 2019! 

Three players were our big champions in the first month of the year, but whose run was the most impressive? Your votes for Naomi Osaka, Karolina Pliskova or Petra Kvitova will be the judge!

Have a look at the nominees in the video below and cast your vote for your favorite before voting ends Thursday at 11:59 p.m. ET!

Naomi Osaka: Osaka moved to the top of the world with her second Grand Slam title at the Australian Open, which as a result ascended her to the World No.1 ranking. 

Read the match report: Osaka clinches second straight Slam, No.1 ranking at Australian Open over Kvitova

With the victory, Osaka became the first player to win two consecutive Grand Slam trophies since Serena Williams in 2015, and the first player to back up her maiden major title at the next Grand Slam since Jennifer Capriati won the Australian and French Opens in 2001.

In addition, she became the first Asian player to ascend to the top of the WTA singles rankings. 

Karolina Pliskova: Pliskova kicked off the year by winning her second career Brisbane International title, defeating breakout Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko in the latter's biggest career final.

The former World No.1 earned wins over Yulia Putintseva, Marie Bouzkova, Ajla Tomljanovic and Donna Vekic en route, before rallying from a set and a break down to defeat the Ukrainian No.2 in a dramatic final and seal her 10th career singles title.

At the Australian Open, Pliskova authored one of the most dramatic results in recent memory as she saved multiple match points and came from 5-1 down in the final set to defeat Serena Williams, and reached her third career Grand Slam semifinal.

Petra Kvitova: The Australian Open runner-up had a strong start to the season in her own right, including a run to her first Grand Slam final in four-and-a-half years.

The Czech No.1 first won the Premier-level title at the Sydney International, outlasting Ashleigh Barty in a dramatic final, before she returned to a showpiece match at a major for the first time since winning Wimbledon in 2014.

Kvitova ran through her first six matches without losing a set, which included wins over former Top 10 player Belinda Bencic, Barty, and breakout star Danielle Collins, before falling to Osaka in a classic championship.

As a result, the left-hander returned to a career-high ranking of World No.2. 

The winner will be announced on Friday, February 8.


How it works: five hot shots are selected by wtatennis.com for every month, and the winner is then determined by a fan vote on wtatennis.com.