Serena Williams named WTA's top player for 2009

Serena Williams named WTA's top player for 2009

 Serena Williams poses with her award during the SEWTA Awards Ceremony during day two of the 2010 Sony Ericsson Open at Crandon Park Tennis Center on March 24, 2010 in Key Biscayne, Florida. AFP

Serena Williams won last year's Australian Open and Wimbledon singles titles while also reaching the US Open semi-finals and French Open quarter-finals. Alongside Venus, Serena captured the 2009 US and Australian Open and Wimbledon women's doubles titles.

Belgium's Kim Clijsters took Comeback Player of the Year honors after her US Open title and won her seventh sportsmanship award from the WTA.US teen Melanie Oudin, a 2009 US Open quarter-finalist, won Newcomer of the Year honors at an awards ceremony yesterday, while Belgian Yanina Wickmayer took Most Improved Player honors and American Liezel Huber won her fourth career Player Service Award. Russian Elena Dementieva won Fan Favorite Singles Player of the Year in an internet fan vote.

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