Friday, 11 December 2015

Serena Williams Receives WTA Player Award For The Fourth Time

Her hiatus over, Serena Williams begins her ramp-up to 2016 in a familiar position. She is No. 1 in the world tennis rankings, and WTA Player of the Year for the fourth consecutive time.

In the month ahead, Williams will build her body and game for defense of her Australian Open championship. Despite her achievements in the past 15 months, including winning all four grand slam tournaments in succession, there are questions ahead.

Sporting News recalls Williams didn't finish strong, losing in the semifinals of the U.S. Open and bowing out of the WTA championships in Singapore. At 34, doubts about her ability to recover from a grueling season aren't easy to dismiss.

Still, Williams won't go away quietly. Now a seven-time WTA Player of the year, she is tied with Martina Navratilova for second all time behind Steffi Graf's eight awards.

Williams was 53-3 during 2015. September's Open loss, to Italy's Roberta Vinci, kept her from a calendar Grand Slam. But she won the 2014 U.S. Open and followed with Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon championships. It was her second "Serena Slam" — titles in all four tournaments in succession.

Given her hectic season, Williams made the right choice in sitting out the final competitions of 2015. Her 2016 schedule begins in the Hopman Cup in Perth, Australia, the week before Aussie opens on Jan. 18.

Preparations are off to a good start. Williams won the first match of her return to competition last weekend in the Philippines.


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