Iga Swiatek was honored as WTA Participant of the 12 months for the primary time on Monday after rising to No. 1 within the rankings in April and remaining there for the remainder of the season thanks partly to 2 Grand Slam titles.
Swiatek, a 21-year-old from Poland who was the WTA Newcomer of the 12 months in 2020, led the tour with 67 match wins and eight titles. That included a run of six trophies in a row throughout a 37-match successful streak that lasted from February to July and was the longest undefeated stretch in ladies’s tennis in 1 / 4 of a century.
“I felt like every little thing clicked this season,” Swiatek mentioned in a video interview with The Related Press throughout her unbeaten streak. “And I wasn’t anticipating to be that constant.”
She ascended to the highest of the rankings after Ash Barty instantly retired at age 25 and relinquished that spot. Swiatek later gained her second main championship on the French Open in June, then claimed the US Open title in September, making her the primary lady with two Slam trophies in a single season since Angelique Kerber in 2016.
The WTA Coach of the 12 months award went to David Witt. He works with Jessica Pegula, a 28-year-old American who rose to a career-best No. 3 within the rankings throughout 2022 and was a quarterfinalist at three Grand Slam tournaments — dropping to Barty or Swiatek every time.
Pegula additionally gained the Guadalajara Open, made it to her first WTA 1000 ultimate on the Madrid Open and certified for the WTA Finals in singles and doubles (with Coco Gauff).
Witt’s honor was voted on by different registered coaches. Participant awards decided by a vote of worldwide media members included:
— Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic have been the WTA Doubles Workforce of the 12 months for the second consecutive season and third time total after successful the Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open.
— Beatriz Haddad Maia of Brazil was the WTA Most Improved Participant of the 12 months after rising from No. 80 to No. 15 within the rankings and successful her first two tour-level titles.
— Qinwen Zheng of China, who turned 20 in October, was the WTA Newcomer of the 12 months after rising greater than 100 locations within the rankings and reaching the fourth spherical in her French Open debut earlier than bowing out towards Swiatek.
— Tatjana Maria of Germany was the WTA Comeback Participant of the 12 months after attending to her first profession Grand Slam semifinal at Wimbledon at age 34, making her the oldest lady to make her debut at a significant match. She twice took time away from the tour to have kids.
— Ons Jabeur acquired the Karen Krantzcke Sportsmanship Award, Gabriela Dabrowski collected the Peachy Kellmeyer Participant Service Award for a 3rd time and Maria Sakkari gained the Jerry Diamond ACES Award for serving to promote the game through off-court actions.