Who will be 2011 Player of the Year? - TennisForum.com
View Poll Results: WTA player of the year will be...
Serena Williams 4 6.56%
Li Na 20 32.79%
Petra Kvitova 17 27.87%
Maria Sharapova 14 22.95%
Victoria Azarenka 1 1.64%
Kim Clijsters 1 1.64%
Caroline Wozniacki 1 1.64%
Vera Zvonareva 1 1.64%
Francesca Schiavone 1 1.64%
Other 1 1.64%
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post #1 of 149 (permalink) Old Aug 20th, 2011, 04:27 AM Thread Starter
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Who will be 2011 Player of the Year?

This is a really interesting one. Three different grand slam winners and likely to be a 4th if Serena, Maria, Venus, Vika win it.

Will it be who ends as #1?
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Re: Who will be 2011 Player of the Year?

I think it will be who's #1 unless it is Wozniacki, I'm thinking Kvitova could get it or Na Li (knowing that tennis is in huge progress in China I'm sure they would make a big deal out of it, if Na Li makes the SF at the USO she's getting it I'm sure.) Apart from that i'm thinking SHarapova has a good shot if she does well (win or final) at the USO and at the YEC. Serena's only chance to get it would be to win the USO, Beijing and the YEC.

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I think it will be who's #1 unless it is Wozniacki, I'm thinking Kvitova could get it or Na Li (knowing that tennis is in huge progress in China I'm sure they would make a big deal out of it, if Na Li makes the SF at the USO she's getting it I'm sure.) Apart from that i'm thinking SHarapova has a good shot if she does well (win or final) at the USO and at the YEC. Serena's only chance to get it would be to win the USO, Beijing and the YEC.
They always hand it out to grand slam champions first and foremost from what I can see. Last year, the player of the year went to Clijsters, who finished 3rd. At this rate, Kvitova seems like the only one deserving of it as she holds the second most WTA title this year, including a grand slam and a tier 1.

If Sharapova and Serena wants to be the player of the year, they're going to have to take out the US Open.

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Re: Who will be 2011 Player of the Year?

So Li Na/Kvitova unless someone else wins both USO and YEC?

I think Maria has a real shot.
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So Li Na/Kvitova unless someone else wins both USO and YEC?

I think Maria has a real shot.
I highly doubt that Li Na will be the player of the year. While both of Kvitova's and Li's year has been quite erratic, Li's is much more so. Yeah she had amazing runs at Sydney-AO and Rome-RG, but outside that she's had very frequent opening round losses and doesn't consistently make past R16 stage of msot tournaments.

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Re: Who will be 2011 Player of the Year?

But didn't you say GS's are the most important?

She is the only one who has won a 2011 GS and made the final of another. Maria/Petra/Fran can do this too (or better) with a USO W/F.
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But didn't you say GS's are the most important?

She is the only one who has won a 2011 GS and made the final of another. Maria/Petra/Fran can do this too (or better) with a USO W/F.
I think that as for right now the top 3 are Li Na, Kvitova and Sharapova. it all depends who does what in the USO, if Li Na (which is more plausible than Kvitova I think) go deep like SF or F, she'll get it for sure no matter what the others do after. If Kvitova does make the final she has a shot too and if she wins it obvious that she'll get the award as for Li too. I think Maria would need to win the USO and the YEC to get the award, same with Serena.

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But didn't you say GS's are the most important?

She is the only one who has won a 2011 GS and made the final of another. Maria/Petra/Fran can do this too (or better) with a USO W/F.
Just from speculation. They have never picked the slamless no. 1 of that year to be the player of the year so I'm just guessing that the player of the year has to at least win 1 slam title
2000: Hingis ended the year as no. 1 with no slam titles. The award went to Venus.
2004: Lindsay no. 1 with no slam title. Maria won the award.
2005: Same story. Kim won the award.
2008: Jankovic no. 1 with no slam. Serena won the award.
2010: Wozniacki no. 1 with no slam. Clijsters won the award.

and so that puts Kim, Na and Kvitova up for the award. Then if we compare their year up to now, it's pretty clear Kvitova is the most deserving.

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and so that puts Kim, Na and Kvitova up for the award. Then if we compare their year up to now, it's pretty clear Kvitova is the most deserving.
So do you think Petra will get it over Na, if say the USO semifinalists are Serena, Venus, Vika, Vera (or Caro)?

I would think they'd give it to Na coz she made AO final too.

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Re: Who will be 2011 Player of the Year?

Can't really see anyone besides consistent Kvitova or the Na-star winning it.
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So do you think Petra will get it over Na, if say the USO semifinalists are Serena, Venus, Vika, Vera (or Caro)?

I would think they'd give it to Na coz she made RG final too.
It's not solely about the slams though. If it were, Serena would've won it in the previous year.

Actually, in the process of typing up this post (I had to erase all of it because...), I took a look at both of their year and I think I've severely overestimated Kvitova's. So you're right, Li has a really good chance considering both of them bombed out in a large number of tournaments.

But of course, Wimbledon, Madrid, Paris (indoors) and Brisbane is much better than Roland Garros and Sydney, even though Li does have AO finals to boost her 2011 resume. It doesn't help Li that Kvitova has made it to the 2nd week of all slams this year while she fell in R2 of Wimbledon though (tough draw or not).

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Re: Who will be 2011 Player of the Year?

It will be interesting to watch, that's for sure.
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So do you think Petra will get it over Na, if say the USO semifinalists are Serena, Venus, Vika, Vera (or Caro)?

I would think they'd give it to Na coz she made RG final too.
Wouldn't it be ridiculous to give to to a player who'd missed out half of the WTA season? So I don't think Serena's going to get it, even if she wins the U.S Open, there's just not enough matchplay for her so far. The same thing applies to Venus. Vika, Vera and Caro haven't really contributed anything all year - Vika's semi-final run at Wimbledon and her win at Miami are distant memories, and Caroline' purely #1 rank really pales in comparison with Kvitova's massive improvement - from a win at Brisbane to a win at a Grand Slam all the span of a few months! And that's not even mentioning the leaps and bounds of her ranking. Na deserves it because she's the slam queen this year (with the exception of Wimbledon, where she got unlucky with drawing Sabine).
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Re: Who will be 2011 Player of the Year?

I hope Na gets it coz the others have plenty of time to get it in their career..
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2slam
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slam + year end #1

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