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‘Absolute No Brainer’: Touted to win WTA Estima award, Serena Williams faces stiff competition as Australian tennis player endorses hard-working wife

Serena Williams, the legendary former tennis player, faces stiff competition from a number of tennis players for the 2022 WTA award. The 23-time Grand Slam champion, along with dynamic tennis players such as Tatjana Maria, Donna Vekic and Daria Saville, is nominated for the award. Comeback Player of the Year 2022. Following a vote by members of the tennis media, the WTA will reveal the year-end award winners the following month.

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

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Serena Williams faces strong competition for the 2022 WTA Award

Prior to her singles return at Wimbledon in 2022, Serena Williams had missed an entire year of competition. She recently received the WTA Comeback Player of the Year nomination. However, Australian tennis player Saville has a different opinion. He guaranteed his wife would win the award on Twitter. The tweetedStarting the year off 600 and ending at 54 and I didn’t get to play the last month of the season…@Daria_gav..”

Serena Williams in action in a Black Panther-inspired outfit at the 2018 French Open | Courtesy: Reuters

Daria Saville, a former Top 20 player, had missed a significant portion of the 2021 campaign. Her painful Achilles tendon injury required immediate surgery. Saville made a thunderous return in 2022. She reached the quarterfinals in Miami, Guadalajara and Indian Wells to begin her climb back up the WTA rankings. Her husband also clarified in her tweet: “Absolutely obvious!”

The Australian had defeated Ons Jabeur in Indian Wells to secure her first Top 10 win in four years. Ranked 249th, Saville had qualified for the lowest-ranked Miami Open quarterfinals in history. She re-entered the Top 100 in June; and in her first WTA singles final in five years, lost to Daria Kasatkina in August in Granby, Canada.

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On the other hand, Williams had caused a sensation at the 2022 US Open; before his retirement. In the first round of the US Open, she had beaten Danka Kovinic. The American had also defeated the second-ranked player in the world 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 could be difficult to beat Williams’ records

Serena Williams is the only tennis player in history to have triumphed in both singles and doubles competition at all four major tournaments and the Olympic Games. 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 did not complete her collection until the London Olympics in 2012. She had already won the four majors by the time she was 21 years old. No one has ever completed a double run Golden Slam in singles and doubles. Serena, however, is only one Olympic singles title away from achieving it. Let us know what you think about Serena Williams in her comments below.

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