St. Petersburg, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - It came as no surprise on Friday when world No. 1 Serena Williams was voted WTA Player of the Year for a second straight year and the fifth time in her brilliant career.
The 32-year-old superstar captured two Grand Slam titles and the season-ending WTA Championships en route to an tremendous 78-4 record. She piled up 11 titles all told in 2013 in a year in which she regained the No. 1 ranking and became the oldest woman to do so.
Williams also set a new prize money record among the ladies, as she piled up $12.4 in earnings. Only three other players have tallied as much as $10 million in one season -- Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
Also, the top-ranked Italian duo of Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci were selected as the WTA's Doubles Team of the Year. Romanian Simona Halep was named Most Improved Player after capturing six titles. Nineteen-year-old Canadian Eugenie Bouchard was the Best Newcomer after moving up 122 spots to finish as the highest-ranked teenager, at No. 32. And Russian Alisa Kleybanova was selected as Comeback Player of the Year for the second season in a row. At the U.S. Open, she secured her first victory over a top-50 player since being diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma two years ago.
11/22 15:15:51 ET