Former WTA World No.2 Agnieszka Radwanska had a wretched 2017 season. She will now be looking to put this forgettable season behind her. But it isn’t all gloom and disappointment for the Pole. She will head into 2018 with one last accolade under her belt. Radwanska bagged the WTA Shot of the Year for the fifth time in her career. Since the Award’s inception in 2013, Radwanska has continuously overawed fans. Her crafty shotmaking and incredible improvisation has landed her the honours of WTA Shot of the Year several times.
Radwanska displayed some incredible reflexes at the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open. She managed to switch up her game from defense to offense in a stunning way to thwart Julia Goerges. That backhand passing shot bestowed upon her, the mantle of September’s Shot of the Month presented by Cambridge Global Payments. To make matters even sweeter, the same shot assured her 2017’s Shot of the Year.
Meanwhile in the Men’s division, Grigor Dimitrov had a season filled with career milestones. The Bulgarian’s accolades include a year-end No. 3 finish in the Emirates ATP Rankings, a Nitto ATP Finals win and his first ATP World Masters 1000 title at the Western & Southern Open. After six days of voting, fans gave Dimitrov another accolade. His dive volley against Japan’s Yuichi Sugita in the Cincinnati quarter-finals was crowned the Masters 1000 Golden Hot Shot.
The hot shot was the overwhelming favourite in the poll, receiving 33 per cent of votes. Pablo Cuevas’s no-look winner against Alexander Zverev at the Mutua Madrid Open finished second in the voting with 13 per cent of votes. Cuevas did lead the nine hot shot contenders in terms of Instagram views. He registered more than 250,000 plays in just four days.
Rafael Nadal and Dimitrov’s rally at the Rolex Shanghai Masters was 3rd. Juan Martin del Potro’s tweener at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells finished fourth in the voting. Both clips received 12 per cent of the votes.