Best player, best newcomer, and most improved player.
1. Best player
The way it stands now, if Capriati wins yearend Championships , she has an edge. Otherwise, I don't see how her current 3 titles of this year can compete with Venus's list of trophies. So by this moment, it is Venus.
2. Best newcomer.
I don't know the exact eligibility, but lets assume it is never being in Top 100.
It is probably between Hantuchova, Krasnoroutskaya and Mandula. I think it is Lina.
3. Most improved player.
Plenty of candidates here. But I think that realistically, it is either Henin or Capriarti. Dokic and Clijsters improved greatly too, but their rankings indicated it already in last year
and they finished last yearanked pretty high.
My voice would go to Henin.
Oct 13th, 2001, 03:30 AM
I agree with all three of your choices.
1. Venus .... best player of the year , results and win/loss % say it all.
2- Lina is best newcomer of the year , from outside top 100 and getting up to around 35 mark plus QF and 4R in back to back slams unseeded.
3- Most improved ..... well its Justine , she was ranked lower than all that have been mentioned and as well as that she got to Wimbledon final as well as SF in Paris.
Oct 13th, 2001, 06:59 AM
Monica Seles for most improved? That would be nice.
But, I can see Henin or Clijsters getting it, or maybe Dokic.
Oct 13th, 2001, 07:07 AM
I agree with the first 2 choices. But the third choice, I think it'll go to Capriati. I mean with her story and everything, the WTA will most likely give it to her.
Oct 13th, 2001, 04:23 PM
best- capriati..i mean we are just talkin botu this year....and all and now that she's got the rankin too...i think i'ts jen
newcomer.....- no idea
most improved- i was thinkin bout dokic....or henin....
Oct 13th, 2001, 06:05 PM
1 best would probably be venus but if Capriati will end the year at no1 they'll give it to her
2 probably Lina
3 capriati, especially if they don't give her the Player of the Year award. henin and clijsters have a better chance of getting it than dokic in my opinion as they were Grand Slam finalists
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Oct 13th, 2001, 06:11 PM
best nwe comer: possibly whats her name...matjevic or somethin? i know she did very well against schett at wimbledon broke into the top 100 i think and has done pretty well everytime i looked at her results.
mandula, yeah shes done great too
but lina is probably for sure the newcomer of the year
Oct 13th, 2001, 06:29 PM
For Improved Player I only see four possible choices: Capriati, Henin, Shaughnessy and Silvia Farina Elia.
Capriati might squeak by with Player of the Year. Not sure if she would pick up 'improved player.' Didn't she win 'comeback player' the other year?
I'm not so sure about Henin's chances. I don't know if her success this year is as much an improvement as opposed to her managing to stay relatively healthy. Would be nice if she got it particularly after that ballot brouhaha in 1999.
Shaughnessy roared up the rankings too, but she was no.38 while Henin started as 45 so that makes her look less impressive.
But Farina Elia was way out there (in the 60s or something, I think). If Silvia Farina Elia is indeed going to retire soon I think they may vote for her.
Oct 13th, 2001, 06:31 PM
Don't forget, the tennis media vote on these awards. So a lot of it isn't so much what they've done, but what they've done when the tennis media is paying attention.
Player of the Year: I agree with the others- Venus will get this, unless Jen wins the year-end Championships. (She'll probably need to do it with Venus in the field to get full recognition.)
Best newcomer- probably will go to Bedanova, because she upset Seles to reach the USO quarters. She's not exactly a newcomer, but most of the tennis media probably weren't very aware of her before then.
Most improved- Capriati will get this. She has been the biggest story in tennis this year, and they'll want to give her something. If she doesn't get POTY, she's almost a lock for this.
Comeback player- Has to be Maggie Maleeva. Farina would be a good candidate too, but doesn't have the name recognition Maggie does. And Maggie is a former top 5 player, so she has somewhere to come back to.
Oct 13th, 2001, 06:33 PM
Brian - Daja Bedanova was last year's "Newcomer of the Year."
Oct 13th, 2001, 07:36 PM
I think they'll give the "best player" award to capriati for the comeback story alone. Nothing big about venus except how dominating she's been in the second half of the year. I'd like to see Venus win it for the second straight year, but my gut says it'll be capriati
Oct 13th, 2001, 10:46 PM
if Venus gets the player of the year award, Jen will without a question get the award for the most improved player.
I can't imagine they wouldn't give a new world's number one a trophy at the end-of-the-year-awards.
Oct 13th, 2001, 10:50 PM
Best player: Jennifer Capriati
best double: Raymond/Stubbs
Best newcomer: Lina K
Most improved: Meghann Shaughessy
Oct 13th, 2001, 11:17 PM
best player: Capriati (certainly if she ends the year as number one)
best newcomer: Krasnoroutskaya
most improved: Henin
Oct 14th, 2001, 01:42 AM
Verve - re: your comment about not giving the award to the world no.1...
I might be remembering things incorrectly but I think they actually left Martina Hingis off the ballot in 1999. She wasn't even an option.
They seriously f*cked up the ballot in 1999, IMHO.
The worst part was the "Newcomer of the Year" fiasco where they originally listed three players (Clijsters, Dokic, Henin) then sent a correction knocking one of those players off (Henin) and replacing her with another (A. Stevenson). Then they resent a ballot but with 6 names on it (plus K. Srebotnik and I think A. Myskina)!
Sometimes you wonder how the WTA could get anything right.
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Oct 14th, 2001, 03:40 AM
is it possible for hingis/kournikova to get the doubles award again...
i mean we are talkin botu kournikova...who still gets a load of attention despite not playin...and gettin to the highest ranking in her career when she was sitting out
and hingis..who just lost her ranking...and imo...they do split to awards to the top players a bit....betcha they just gonna give hingis the same cheesy award they gave her last year
Oct 14th, 2001, 04:29 AM
best player: venus williams
Like I even need a reason for picking her! <IMG SRC="smilies/smile.gif" border="0">
most improved: I have no idea
best comeback: Jennifer Capriati
Well that is just a no brainer IMO! <IMG SRC="smilies/bounce.gif" border="0">
Oct 14th, 2001, 01:31 PM
Oops, my bad. Of course, knowing the tennis press, they may very well vote for her again. Or pick Harkleroad.
With Daja out of the mix, newcomer will probably go to Lina. Not only did she have a breakthrough, but she has a name recognition of sorts; the Americans have a tough time with her name. She's gotten as much attention for that as for her tennis.
The big question is, which award will they screw up? Last year they badly botched two of them: doubles team of the year and comeback player.
Here's a question: suppose Venus doesn't play any more this year? Will that lock up POTY for Jen, as she will almost certainly finish at #1? Or will they take the view that Jen only got it because Venus didn't play?
Oct 15th, 2001, 01:00 PM
Can some one tell me who won what award last year?
Oct 15th, 2001, 05:39 PM
Last year's awards:
Player of the Year: Venus Williams
Doubles Team of the Year: Venus Williams and Serena Williams
Most Improved Player: Elena Dementieva
Comeback Player of the Year: Iva Majoli
Newcomer of the Year: Daja Bedanova
Karen Krantzcke Sportsmanship Award: Kim Clijsters
Player Service Award: Nicole Pratt
For this year, I'd give Venus the best player, though I won't have a problem if they give it to Capriati, which they probably will. Raymond/Stubbs for the doubles, Krasnoroutskaya for most newcomer, and I'd actually give the best comeback to Capriati. Most improved is a tough one, I like Elia and apologies to Henin fans, but I'd give it to Shaughnessy.
Oct 15th, 2001, 06:04 PM
Who do you think they'll give the sportsmanship award to?
Oct 15th, 2001, 06:13 PM
Hell, everybody loved JCap's comeback story so much, she'll probably get player of the year. Venus is sure to get snubbed in this one.
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I think most improved will go to Justine Henin.
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Oct 15th, 2001, 07:01 PM
1- Venus ( n# of tournaments ) or Jenifer( if the WTA gets a Hollywood atittude)
2- I think Iroda
Oct 15th, 2001, 07:46 PM
Newcomer awards are given to players that have entered the top 100 for 1st time and made a major impact.
Iroda was ranked 75 at start of 2001 so casn only be considered for "most improved" player award which she won't get but maybe nominated for though.
Oct 15th, 2001, 07:55 PM
If Jennifer Capriati closes the year as #1, she deserves it.
Jennifer Capriati / Justine Henin
Oct 15th, 2001, 07:56 PM
Don't know about the sportsmanship award... Seles, perhaps?
What's the player service award all about? Anyone know the criteria?
Oct 15th, 2001, 09:51 PM
I haven't stopped sulking yet after last years awards... <IMG SRC="smilies/redface.gif" border="0">
I'd like to give those voters a good slapping!
They are Munchkins...Oompa Loompas...Nincompoops...
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Oct 15th, 2001, 10:23 PM
Sportsmanship? Elena Dementieva for completing match vs Likhovtseva being severely injured. Combined award for sportsmanship and stupidity.
Oct 15th, 2001, 10:46 PM
For best Newcomer Daniela Hantuchova is a good candidate.
Her highest rank last year was 107, now she is on the edge of the top 50 with a stream of good wins. Also she has a Grand Slam win this year, taking the Wimbledon Mied Doubles Title.
Oct 16th, 2001, 08:48 PM
Daniela is now up to No 44 after her win today!
Oct 17th, 2001, 12:51 AM
I would dole out the awards as follows:
Player of the Year: Jennifer Capriati (although Venus would also be an excellent choice)
Doubles Team of the Year: Lisa Raymond & Rennae Stubbs
Most Improved Player: Justine Henin (w/ honorable mention to Meghann Shaughnessey & Kim Clijsters)
Comeback Player of the Year: Silvia Farina Elia (honorable mention to Maggie Maleeva)
Newcomer of the Year: Daniela Hantuchova (honorable mention to Lina Krasnaroutskaya)
Karen Krantzcke Sportsmanship Award: Monica Seles
Player Service Award: Samantha Stevenson
Ooops! Did I say that??? <IMG SRC="smilies/redface.gif" border="0"> Just kidding, Alex fans.) <IMG SRC="smilies/wink.gif" border="0"> But could you imagine Anne Gaelle's reaction if she were in attendance??? <IMG SRC="smilies/redface.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/angel.gif" border="0">
Oct 17th, 2001, 10:41 AM
Maybe a stupid question, but can anybody tell me when they give those awards? The date?
best player: Venus (her ranking might not indicate that but I think a lot of people consider her the best, she just doesn't play enough to get the number one spot)
most improved: justine
Oct 17th, 2001, 02:07 PM
I think it's more interesting to see who actually gets nominated for the awards...given that they've screwed up numerous times in previous years.
Anyway, choices, choices, choices...
Player of the Year: Jennifer Capriati. Yes, Venus Williams may be the most dominant but Capriati started the year ranked either 12 or 14 and now she's reached the number one spot. And of course there's the whole comeback story. Venus will be on the ballot but she won the award last year. The third nominee should be Lindsay Davenport but I wouldn't be bothered if Kim Clijsters, Jelena Dokic, Justine Henin, Amelie Mauresmo or Serena Williams gets it if they somehow manage to win the Championship in Munich (which I think will go to either Lindsay or Venus). I wouldn't be surprised if they nominate a Serena who doesn't win it only because of her U.S. Open run (yes, I know she has two Tier Is).
Most Improved: After doing my homework, I'm torn between Meghann Shaughnessy and Silvia Farina Elia. Third nominee will be either Capriati or Henin. But knowing how these nominee lists have been put together, I wouldn't be surprised if they left both Meghann and Silvia off.
Newcomer of the Year: Daniela Hantuchova, Lina Krasnoroutskaya and possibly Maja Matevzic (if they qualify). Of course, you could pretty much replace Matevzic with anyone who suits your fancy. Just seems to be buckets of newcomers this year.
Comeback: Maggie Maleeva. I can't even think of anyone else. Jennifer Capriati won this a few years ago.
Oct 17th, 2001, 03:55 PM
What about Angelique Widjaja as best newcomer?
She won her debut and only WTA tourney (unlike those already mentioned) and improved her rank 400 places in one week.
Or does she have to be in the Top 100 to make her eligible?
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Oct 17th, 2001, 04:02 PM
Player of the Year: Jenifer Capriati
Doubles Team of the Year: Raymond/Stubbs
Most Improved Player: Farina-Elia
Comeback Player of the Year: Schwartz
Newcomer of the Year: Widaja
Karen Krantzcke Sportsmanship Award: Don't know this award, so lets give it to me <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">
Player Service Award: Not sure of the criteria, but Hingis for spreading the word about the game through the middle east
Oct 17th, 2001, 04:03 PM
Jen cannot win comeback player of the year as she won it last yr
to be eligible for "newcomer" you have to finish inside top 100 for 1st time having started out of it.
Oct 17th, 2001, 05:17 PM
Majoli won the comeback award last year; Capriati won it in 1996.
Oct 17th, 2001, 10:18 PM
Originally posted by danker:
<STRONG>What about Angelique Widjaja as best newcomer?
She won her debut and only WTA tourney (unlike those already mentioned) and improved her rank 400 places in one week.
That doesn't necessarily guarantee that she'll even be nominated.
I'll have to point out that screwed-up ballot from 1999 again:
The last two players to win their debut WTA Tour tournaments were Katarina Srebotnik and Justine Henin in 1999 (Estoril and Antwerp, respectively). If we ignore the first ballot, which the WTA said was "wrong," you'll note that neither of them were an option. The real choices were Jelena Dokic, Alexandra Stevenson and Kim Clijsters who won the award. (Hmm...all Wimbledon notables that year.)
Of course, maybe Srebotnik and Henin winning their debuts in the same year may have cancelled eachother out. Angelique Widjaja's only the 6th player to have done it.
Oct 17th, 2001, 10:40 PM
Player Of The Year: Well, basically you have a choice between Venus and Jennifer. The stats are pretty even so that is a toss up. Jennifer has an edge with her "Comeback" story and being #1. If she wins at the Chase, than I give it to Jennifer. If Venus wins, it will be a tough call.
Most Improved Too many stories here. You have Henin, Clijsters, Dokic, and Jennifer making strong cases here. If Jennifer picks up Player of the Year Honours, than I give an edge to Clijsters, maybe Dokic. Otherwise: Pick Em!