The WTA announced the winners of the 2010 WTA Player Awards and Kim Clijsters was honored both for her tennis achievements and her off-court kindness.
Clijsters’ five titles in 2010, which include the US Open and the WTA Championships in Doha, earned her the Player of the Year award for the second time in her career (the first time she won it in 2005).
Clijsters was also given the Player Service award, which recognizes the player who has done the most to support her fellow players through the WTA Players’ Council or other initiatives. What more can you ask for than to be honored by your colleagues the same year you had such great career results.
Gisela Dulko and Flavia Pennetta, who clinched seven titles together in 2010, won the Doubles Team of the Year award. They are the No.1-ranked team in the year-end rankings and those seven titles include the WTA Championships in Doha.
Other award winners:
Newcomer of the Year – Petra Kvitova
Comeback Player of the Year – Justine Henin
Karen Krantzcke Sportsmanship Award – Elena Dementieva
Humanitarian of the Year – Maria Sharapova
Most Improved Player – Francesca Schiavone
There were also awards based on fan votes, and as you can see Maria Sharapova basically won all of them:
Fan Favorite Singles Player – Maria Sharapova
Fan Favorite Doubles Team – Venus Williams & Serena Williams
Most Fashionable Player (On Court) – Maria Sharapova
Most Fashionable Player (Off Court) – Maria Sharapova
Most Dramatic Expression – Maria Sharapova
Humanitarian Of The Year – Maria Sharapova
As for tournaments, players voted the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart as their favorite Premier event, while Pattaya City is their favorite International stop.