Monday, November 28, 2011
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova has been voted WTA's Player of the Year following a season in which she claimed her debut Grand Slam title, steered the Czech Republic to Fed Cup glory and shot up 32 places in the world rankings.
The Czech, who ended the year ranked second, picked up four prizes in total on Monday following a remarkable 12 months in which she won six titles and chalked up a 6-0 record in Fed Cup singles.
"This season has been simply a dream," the 21-year-old said after being voted to the top prize ahead of world number one Caroline Wozniacki.
"It is an incredible honour 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."
Kvitova also bagged the Most Improved Player award and the fair play prize, while fans voted her the Breakthrough Player of the Year.
Sabine Lisicki of Germany scooped the Comeback Player of the Year honour.
The 22-year-old was out of action for five months last year with a horrific ankle injury and by March this year, she had toppled out of the top 200.
However, by the end of the season, she had clawed back into the top 15 thanks to triumphs in Birmingham and Dallas and by charging into the semi-finals at Wimbledon despite entering the tournament with a wildcard.
Monday, November 14, 2011
Monday, November 7, 2011
Kveta Peschke/Lucie Hradecka (CZE) def Maria Kirilenko/ Elena Vesnina (RUS)
Anastasia Pacluchenkova (RUS) def. Lucie Safarova (CZE)
Petra Kvitova (RUS) def Svetlana Kutnetsova (CZE)
4-6, 6-2, 6-3
Svetlana Kutnetsova (RUS) def Lucie Safarova (CZE)
Petra Kvitova (CZE) def Maria Kirilenko (RUS)
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Shortlist for 2011 FIFA Ballon d'Or
Eric Abidal (France), Sergio Aguero (Argentina), Karim Benzema (France), Iker Casillas (Spain), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), Dani Alves (Brazil), Samuel Eto'o (Cameroon), Cesc Fabregas (Spain), Diego Forlan (Uruguay), Andres Iniesta (Spain), Lionel Messi (Argentina), Thomas Mueller (Germany),Nani (Portugal), Neymar (Brazil), Mesut Ozil (Germany), Gerard Piqué (Spain), Wayne Rooney (England), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany), Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands), Luis Suárez (Uruguay), David Villa (Spain), Xabi Alonso (Spain), Xavi (Spain).
Shortlist for 2011 FIFA World Coach of the Year
Vicente Del Bosque (Spain/Spain national team), Alex Ferguson (Scotland/Manchester United FC), Rudi Garcia (France/Lille OSC), Pep Guardiola (Spain/FC Barcelona), Juergen Klopp (Germany/Borussia Dortmund), Joachim Loew (Germany/Germany national team), Jose Mourinho (Portugal/Real Madrid C.F.), Oscar Tabarez (Uruguay/Uruguay national team), Andre Villas-Boas (Portugal/FC Porto, Chelsea FC), Arsene Wenger (France/Arsenal FC).