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Williams takes out WTA prize

29 November 2012 15:50

Reigning Wimbledon, US Open and Olympic champion Serena Williams has been named WTA Tour Player of the Year.

Williams enjoyed a stunning season and finished ranked third in the world behind Maria Sharapova and world number one Victoria Azarenka.

The American struggled for form at the start of the year, losing out to Elena Makarova in the fourth round of the Australian Open.

But wins in Charleston and Madrid in April and May triggered a devastating run of form as the 31-year-old charged to seven title wins for the season.

The former world number one capped the year in fitting fashion, defeating Sharapova to take out the WTA Championships in Istanbul.

Williams has previously picked up the WTA Player of the Year award in 2002, 2008 and 2009.

She is only one of three players to have claimed the prize on more than two occasions, alongside eight-time winner Steffi Graf and seven-time winner Martina Navratilova.

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