Kvitova wins WTA player of year honors for 2011
Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova has been honored as the WTA's player of the year for 2011 to cap her breakthrough season.
The 21-year-old Kvitova went 60-13 with six singles titles, including at the season-ending tour championships, and rose from No. 34 to No. 2 in the rankings. She helped the Czech Republic win the Fed Cup and won more than $5 million in prize money.
In the awards announced Monday, Kvitova also won for most improved player and sportsmanship.
Sabine Lisicki of Belgium was honored as comeback player of the year, Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania was the newcomer of the year, and the top-ranked pairing of Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik won for doubles team of the year.