The finalists for the 2016 WTA Most Improved 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, October 16th at 11:59pm ET! The winner will be announced Friday, October 21st.
2016 WTA Most Improved Player Finalists
Kiki Bertens: The top-ranked Dutchwoman improved 78 spots from the end of 2015, rocketing up from outside the Top 100 to World No.23. After winning her second WTA title in Nürnberg as a qualifier, Bertens stunned future No.1 Angelique Kerber in the first round of the French Open and won a titanic third round clash against Daria Kasatkina - a match she needed to win to ensure Olympic qualification - to reach her first Grand Slam semifinal. She earned a career-high ranking of No.21 back in July, after finishing runner-up at the Ladies Championships Gstaad, and boasted a 12-match winning streak from Nürnberg to Roland Garros.
Monica Puig: Puig's breakthrough season was not only historic, but also saw her roar up the rankings, 64 spots from No.92 to No.28. She began the season with a bang, qualifying for the Apia International Sydney to reach her first Premier final. She later reached the third round at both the Australian Open and French Open, and reached the semifinals of the Aegon International - also as a qualifier. Her biggest moment came at the Olympic tennis event, where she became the first Puerto Rican athlete to win a Gold medal. Along the way, she stunned a cadre of top players, including eventual-Bronze medalist Petra Kvitova and Angelique Kerber in a thrilling Gold medal match.
Johanna Konta: A nominee in last year's Most Improved ballot, Konta continued making major improvements in 2016, starting at the Australian Open, where she became the first British woman to reach a Grand Slam semifinal since Jo Durie in 1983. She went on to match Durie in ranking as well as result, finally ending the drought of British women in the Top 10 after reaching the final of the China Open, a Premier Mandatory event. In between, Konta captured her first WTA title at the Bank of the West Classic, stunning former No.1 and Stanford champion Venus Williams in three scintillating sets. In 10 matches against Top 10 players, Konta won six encounters, and also has a 12-2 record in tie-breaks - the second best on the tour this season.
Laura Siegemund: Heading into the 2016 season, Siegemund had won just six WTA main draw matches, but the German veteran made her presence known from the start of the year, when she upset former No.1 Jelena Jankovic to earn her career-best Grand Slam result at the Australian Open, reaching the third round. Things got even better for Siegemund at home, where she raced into the final of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix. Falling to Kerber in the championship match, Siegemund nonetheless earned three consecutive Top 10 wins. She won her first WTA title in Bastad, and enjoyed runs to the quarterfinals in Charleston and the Olympics. Earning a career-high ranking of No.27, Siegemund is currently at No.29, 61 spots higher than where she started, and having bested her career-win total by over four times in this season alone, with 29 main draw victories. At the US Open, she partnered with Mate Pavic at the last minute to win the mixed doubles title.
WTA Most Improved Player Winners
2015: Timea Bacsinszky
2014: Eugenie Bouchard
2013: Simona Halep
2012: Sara Errani
2011: Petra Kvitova
2010: Francesca Schiavone
2009: Yanina Wickmayer
2008: Dinara Safina
2007: Ana Ivanovic
2006: Jelena Jankovic
2005: Ana Ivanovic
How it works:
Finalists are selected by wtatennis.com
Winner is then determined by a media vote with a fan vote counting as one media vote