Serena Williams Named WTA Tour 2002 Player of the Year
MIAMI, FL – World No. 1 Serena Williams was named the WTA Tour 2002 Player of the Year on Monday.
Williams, who lives in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., was presented with the award during an on-court ceremony at the NASDAQ-100 Open in Miami. Also on Monday, Daniela Hantuchova was given the Most Improved Player award.
Williams won the Player of the Year award after a dazzling 2002 season in which she won a Tour-high eight titles, including three straight Grand Slam crowns (French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open), and rose to No. 1 in the world rankings. She went 56-5 on the year and was a remarkable 17-2 against Top-10 opponents.
Hantuchova won the Most Improved Player award after starting the year ranked 38th and rocketing to No. 8 in the world. She won the prestigious Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells, Ca., reached the Wimbledon and US Open quarterfinals and led her country to its first-ever Fed Cup title.
The WTA Tour’s annual awards are voted on by the players and the media. The awards are sponsored by Lalique.