‘Absolute No Brainer’- Touted to Win Esteem WTA Award, Serena Williams Faces Stiff Competition as Australian Tennis Player Vouches for Hard-Working Wife

Published 11/28/2022, 3:00 PM EST
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Serena Williams, the legendary former tennis player, faces some stiff competition from various tennis players at the 2022 WTA award. The 23-time Grand Slam Champion along with dynamic tennis players like Tatjana Maria, Donna Vekic, and Daria Saville is nominated for the 2022 Comeback Player of the Year award. Following a vote by members of the tennis media, the WTA will reveal its year-end award winners the following month.

The winner of the WTA Comeback Player of the Year award is a player whose ranking had previously fallen due to an injury or other personal issues and whose current season’s results have helped it rise again. Luke Saville shared a post on Twitter in favor of his wife Daria Saville.

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Serena Williams encounters strong competition for the 2022 WTA Award

Before her singles comeback at Wimbledon in 2022, Serena Williams had missed a full year of competition. She recently received the WTA Comeback Player of the Year nomination. However, Australian tennis player Saville has a different opinion. He vouched for his wife to win the award on Twitter. He tweeted, “Starting the year outside 600 and finishing 54 and couldn’t play the last month of the season…@Daria_gav..”

Serena Williams in action wearing a Black Panther-inspired bodysuit in 2018 French Open | Courtesy: Reuters

Daria Saville, a former Top 20 player, had missed a significant portion of the 2021 campaign. Her painful Achilles injury required immediate surgery. Saville made a thunderous comeback in 2022. She made it to the quarterfinals in Miami, Guadalajara, and Indian Wells to start her ascent back up the WTA rankings. Her husband further clarified in his tweet, “absolute no-brainer!”

The Australian had defeated Ons Jabeur in Indian Wells to secure her first Top 10 victory in four years. At ranking No. 249, Saville had qualified for the quarterfinals of the Miami Open with the lowest ranking ever. She reentered the Top 100 in June; and in her first WTA singles final in five years, she lost to Daria Kasatkina in August in Granby, Canada.

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On the other hand, Williams had made waves at the 2022 US Open; before her retirement. In the opening round of the US Open, she had beaten Danka Kovinic. The American had also defeated the world’s second-ranked player at the time, Anett Kontaveit. Ajla Tomljanovic, who later advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2022 Wimbledon tournament, defeated Williams in the third round of the US Open after a fierce battle.

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It might be difficult to beat Williams’ records

Serena Williams is the only tennis player in history to have triumphed in both singles and doubles competitions at all four major tournaments and the Olympics. She had won her first US Open in 1999, her first major title at Roland Garros and Wimbledon in 2002, and her first Australian Open in 2003.

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The American didn’t complete her collection until the London Olympics in 2012. She had already won all four majors by the time she was 21 years old. No one has ever completed a Double Career Golden Slam in singles and doubles. Serena, however, is just one Olympic singles title away from doing so. Let us know what you think about Serena Williams in your comments below.

 

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Dr Aditya Raveendran Menon

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Aditya Menon is a Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. A dentist by profession, he developed an unbridled love for tennis from the moment his father introduced him to the sport. Watching Roger Federer dominate the ATP tour with his unique and effortless style played a pivotal role in pushing Aditya to write about tennis for national publications.

Edited By: Vineet Nandwana

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