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the WTA Awards!...you can VOTE for fan choice!

To vote for the Fan Choice go here:
http://www.wtatour.com/thewtatour/awards/2004/vote.asp

MEDIA AWARDS: The following awards are voted on by members of the media that cover the game of tennis. The winners in each category will be announced in Miami.


PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Lindsay Davenport - (63-9) Finished season at No.1 in World for third time in career after capturing seven titles, including Tokyo [Pan Pacific] and San Diego

Justine Henin-Hardenne - (35-4) Won four tournaments including Australian Open and Indian Wells, along with capturing Gold Medal at Athens Olympic Games.

Svetlana Kuznetsova (60-23) Breakthrough season on Tour included 60 wins and three titles, including first Grand Slam title at US Open

Anastasia Myskina (55-18) Won three tournaments during season, including Roland Garros and Moscow

Maria Sharapova (55-15) Five tournament titles in 2004, including first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon and capturing year-end WTA Tour Championships


DOUBLES TEAM OF THE YEAR

Virginia Ruano Pascual & Paola Suarez (60-12) Dominating Grand Slam play with titles at Australian Open, Roland Garros and US Open

Cara Black & Rennae Stubbs (40-13) Won six titles during season, including Wimbledon, Tokyo [Pan Pacific], San Diego and Zurich

Nadia Petrova & Meghann Shaughnessy (38-7) First season as team produced seven titles, including WTA Tour Championships, Miami, Berlin and Rome

Elena Likhovtseva & Svetlana Kuznetsova (44-13) Russian tandem win two titles during season and finish as runner-up at three of four Grand Slam events


MOST IMPROVED PLAYER

Svetlana Kuznetsova - Went from Top 40 player in 2003 to fixture in the Top 10 and Grand Slam champion by the end of 2004

Alicia Molik - Impressive second half of season included two titles and bronze medal at Athens Olympic Games

Maria Sharapova - Finished season at No.4 in World after capturing five titles, including Wimbledon and WTA Tour Championships

Karolina Sprem - Consistent play throughout season helped improve year-end ranking from No.59 in 2003 to No.18 in 2004


NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR

Tatiana Golovin - Began 2004 season ranked No.345 in World before finishing year in Top 30

Jelena Jankovic - Improved ranking by almost 60 places during 2004 after breakthrough year that included first title at Budapest

Nicole Vaidisova - Fifteen-year-old won two titles (Vancouver, Tashkent) in first season on Tour


COMEBACK PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Serena Williams - Returned from 2003 knee surgery to win two titles (Miami, Beijing) and reach three other finals

Venus Williams - After abdominal injury ended 2003 season, returned in 2004 to win 44 matches, including titles at Charleston and Warsaw

Anne Kremer - Recovered from 2003 wrist surgery to finish in Top 100 for sixth time in career


PLAYER AWARDS: Throughout the years, the players on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour have also participated in helping to select four very important awards. The following awards will be announced in Miami.

Player Service Award
Karen Krantzcke Sportsmanship Award
Tournament of the Year/Tier I-II
Tournament of the Year/Tier III-IV-V
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