Petra Kvitova, the WTA's Player of the Year, has been awarded the International Tennis Federation's World Champion designation for 2011. This award generally goes to the top-ranked player in the world, but Kvitova received more votes than world number 1 Caroline Wozniacki. Kvitova won six titles this year, including Wimbledon and the WTA Championships. She is ranked number 2 in the world.
Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik won the award for women's doubles.
The ITF World Champions dinner will be held in Paris on June 5.
Petra seems a worthy champion to me but I assume that the Caro camp will be upset. Perhaps she can use it as motivation in 2012....
I think the ITF did the right thing, but I wasn't sure they would break tradition. (While we're on the subject--not that it matters that much--but I think the WTA did the wrong thing in not giving the Diamond Aces award to Li Na.)
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