Twenty-one-year-old Petra Kvitova from the Czech Republic, the 2011 Wimbledon champion, has been named WTA Player of the Year for 2011 to cap off her amazing year. Currently, Kvitova has a 60-13 record, earning six singles titles, including her first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon and the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships. She rose from the number 34 spot in the rankings at the start of the year to her current number two ranking. She also led her homeland of the Czech Republic to the Fed Cup title.
"This season has been simply a dream," Kvitova said. "It is an incredible honor to win the Player of the Year Award and join the ranks of some of the best players that have ever played the sport, especially Martina Navratilova. I will always cherish the 2011 season and look forward to building on it."
For her on-court achievements, Kvitova was also named Most Improved Player and was further honored with the Karen Krantzcke Sportsmanship Award, which acknowledges a player's professionalism, attitude and sense of fair play.
Kveta Peschke & Katarina Srebotnik earned Doubles Team of the Year. In a fiercely-contested doubles season, they claimed a WTA-leading six titles, including their first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon. They also rose to the top spot in the rankings.
Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania won Newcomer of the Year after a breakthrough season that saw her rise from 214th in the WTA Rankings to as high as 38th. She reached her first two WTA finals at clay court events in Marbella and Budapest.
WTA Comeback Player of the Year honors went to Sabine Lisicki of Germany. Having nearly cracked the top 20 after a 2009 season that saw her win the Premier title in Charleston and reach her first Grand Slam quarterfinal at Wimbledon, Lisicki went even higher in 2011, winning two WTA titles at Birmingham and Dallas, reaching her first Grand Slam semifinal at Wimbledon and peaking at number 15 in the WTA Rankings.
For her off-court achievements, Italy's Francesca Schiavone won the Player Service Award, which recognizes the player who has done the most to support her fellow players through the WTA Players' Council and other initiatives.