Iga Swiatek emulates Serena Williams feat with WTA Award win
Iga Swiatek has become the first woman to win the WTA Player of the Year award in back-to-back seasons since Serena Williams in 2015.
Swiatek won the award for the first time in 2022, and has been given the same accolade once again after adding six titles to her resume and recovering her spot as world No.1.
As a result, Swiatek finished the season with a win percentage of 86% and she thanked the WTA for the recognition of her hard work, “Thank you for this acknowledgment and recognition. See you soon!”
Thank you for this acknowledgement and recognition. See you soon! ☺️ https://t.co/RwznUJori7
— Iga Świątek (@iga_swiatek) December 11, 2023
As previously mentioned, the last time that this award was won in consecutive years was when Serena Williams received it four years in a row from 2012-2015.
This isn’t the only award that Swiatek’s team has been awarded, with her coach Tomaz Wiktorowski receiving the ‘Coach of the Year’ award for the first time.
Wiktorowski is the second coach of Swiatek’s to receive this award, with Piotr Sierzputowski picking up the award back in 2020 after the Pole’s maiden Grand Slam title win.
With the off-season now fully underway, fans will be counting down the days until Swiatek’s next tournament when she represents Poland at the United Cup.
— United Cup (@UnitedCupTennis) December 5, 2023
Swiatek will play her first match of the season against world No.11 Beatriz Haddad Maia in Perth on Saturday 30th December.
Inside the baseline…
It would be difficult to argue that Swiatek doesn’t deserve this award, especially after finishing the year in sensational form to win the WTA Finals. Aryna Sabalenka was definitely the Pole’s closest rival this year, with a better Grand Slam record and actually dethroned Swiatek off the top of the rankings for a short period. To replicate a feat that was last achieved by Serena Williams just shows how special of a talent Swiatek is, and she is still only 22-years-old!
All 2023 WTA Award Winners
Although the ‘Player of the Year’ award is the headliner, there are also several other accolades awarded by the WTA at the end of every season:
Player of the Year: Iga Swiatek
Doubles Team of the Year: Storm Hunter and Elise Mertens
Most Improved Player of the Year: Zheng Qinwen
Newcomer of the Year: Mirra Andreeva
Comeback Player of the Year: Elina Svitolina
Coach of the Year: Tomasz Wiktorowski (Iga Swiatek)
Karen Krantzcke Sportsmanship Award: Ons Jabeur
Peachy Kellmeyer Player Service Award: Ons Jabeur
Jerry Diamond ACES Award: Jessica Pegula
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