WTA has announced the winners of the Seasonal Awards. Tennis player of 2021 is of course the world number one Ashleigh Barty, who despite the forced stop (after Flushing Meadows) triumphed in Miami, Stuttgart, Madrid, Cincinnati but above all at Wimbledon, keeping the head of the ranking without too many problems against Aryna Sabalenka and Garbine Muguruza, back in the top three thanks to the success of the unprecedented Finals in Guadalajara against Anett Kontaveit in the final.
Barbora Krejcikova, absolute revelation and champion in the women's singles on the Parisian clay courts of the Roland Garros, triumphed in the women's doubles category in the company ofher countrywoman Katerina Sinakova.
She with whom, among other things, triumphed in Paris and at the Tokyo Olympic Games. The Czech tennis player, who started from the rear also in the standings, during an extraordinary season obviously broke down the wall of the Top 50 (going to place on box number three) and was recognized as the player who made the most improvements over the twelve months.
Also embellished by a row of 31 victories in 36 games between Strasbourg and Indian Wells. WTA Newcomer Of the Year of course is Emma Raducanu, who won a Grand Slam even before winning a match on the WTA Tour. A paradox. The very young British player, who started from number 343 in the ranking, closed at number 19, closing.
She especially she closed her first experience in her career in New York with a streak of ten consecutive victories. The other teenager Leylah Fernandez was beaten in the final. She also wins the extraordinary last story of Carla Suarez Navarro Obviously, the wonderful story of Carla Suarez Navarro was also rewarded, as she gave herself a last ride after having faced and beaten the toughest of her career opponents: Hodgkin's lymphoma.
The Spanish tennis player, who has only won one of the nine games played (moreover at the Olympics against Ons Jabeur in the first round) still fought evenly until the last match of her career. Played in the group stage of the Billie Jean King Cup and lost to Slovakian Viktoria Kuzmova.
SERENA WILLIAMS WILL NOT PLAY THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2022
Serena Williams, winner of 23 slams, was supposed to play in the Australian Open 2022, but her name does not appear on the official list. In fact, Serena herself has confirmed that she will not play at Melbournbe Park: "Even if it is never an easy decision to make, my current physical level does not allow me to compete."
Serena has not played since June 30, when in Wilbledon's first round she was injured sliding on the grass and was forced to retire. Novak Djokovic is instead on the list of participants in the Australian Open to be held from next January 17th in Melbourne.
The Australian authorities have a strict protocol on Covid and on entry into the country, only allowed to vaccinated people: "Temporary visa holders are allowed to enter Australia only if they have an exemption issued by the Australian authorities.
They will also have to prove that you are fully vaccinated with a recognized vaccine, present proof of a negative Covid-19 test within 3 days of departure and complete the Australian Travel Declaration (ATD) 72 hours prior to departure.
" Djokovic never wanted to reveal whether he got vaccinated or not. Srdjan Djokovic had stated that his son would hardly have participated in the Australian Open if the restrictions on unvaccinated players had not been revised