December 22, 2009

Serena named 2009 ITF World Champion

Serena Williams becomes the Women’s Singles World Champion for the first time since 2002 after producing her best performances at the biggest events. The American captured two Grand Slam titles, at the Australian Open and Wimbledon, to improve her collection to 11 majors. She went on to win the season-ending Sony Ericsson Championships, sealing the No. 1 ranking in the last event of the year.

Serena and Venus Williams are named Women’s Doubles World Champions for the first time, with Serena becoming the first player since Martina Hingis in 1999 to receive singles and doubles honours. The Williams Sisters dominated the Grand Slam doubles events to edge out the year-end No. 1-ranked team of Cara Black and Liezel Huber as Women’s Doubles World Champions. The Williams sisters recorded two victories over Black and Huber in winning three Grand Slam titles, at the Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open, to take their career total to ten Grand Slam triumphs. Serena joins Lindsay Davenport and Martina Hingis as the only players to become singles and doubles world champions in the same year.

ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti said: “This has been another memorable year for tennis, with some outstanding performances by our World Champions. Roger Federer has truly earned his place in the history books, while the Williams sisters remain the strongest competitors on the women’s tour.”

The ITF World Champions will receive their awards at the Annual ITF World Champions Dinner on Tuesday, June 1, 2010 in Paris, during Roland Garros.

-- Article courtesy of Global Village Tennis News

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