The WTA season is over and it's time to distribute some awards with the WTA Player of the Year award going to either Barty, Osaka, Raducanu, Muguruza, Swiatek, Sabalenka, or Krejcikova.
It's been a very good 2021 season on the WTA tour that saw several tennis players achieve some amazing things. For the best out of them, there is a special award the WTA gives out at the end of the year called the Player of the Year award. There are many candidates and let's see who are some of the nominees.
The first one is Emma Raducanu who created history by becoming the first qualifier to win a grand slam. Her run at the US Open was tremendous and without dropping a set for one of the most dominant grand slam trophy runs in recent memory. She did not do much besides that but when you create history you don't need to. Barbora Krejcikova created an amazing memory for herself as well by playing a sensational 2021 season.
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Maiden grand slam trophy at the French Open, several doubles trophies including the French Open and WTA finals are only some of the things she achieved. A career-high ranking of 3, year-end ranking of 5 are things to remember for a player ranked 65th at the start of the year. Garbine Muguruza played a very consistent year despite having a lot of issues with injuries. She won several trophies including the WTA Finals toe end the year in the top 10 (3).
Naomi Osaka started off her year in fabulous fashion winning yet another grand slam trophy at the Australian Open but her season got derailed but mental issues that started around the French Open. The player missed the majority of the season but when she played she was almost unbeatable. Aryna Sabalenka finally exorcised some of her demons from the past but played consistently great tennis all year long.
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The Belarusian player was able to defeat some stellar names this season en route to multiple deep runs at grand slams as well as winning her maiden WTA 1000 trophy in Madrid. The player struggled with injuries in the 2nd half of the year but still solidified herself as the 2nd best player behind Barty. And that brings us to Ashleigh Barty the most consistent and best player in 2021.
The Australian played a brilliant season that saw her win several WTA 1000 trophies including Miami and Cincinnati. She also won a medal at the Olympics as well as her first Wimbledon. She missed the WTA Finals due to wanting to rest after experiencing some injuries at the US Open.