Venus rises again
Williams named Player of the Year at Sanex Awards
Updated: Thursday March 15, 2001 9:59 PM
INDIAN WELLS, California (AP) -- Venus Williams of the United States was crowned Player of the Year and earned Doubles Team of the Year honors with sister Serena at an annual WTA Sanex Awards Gala evening.
At the ceremony late Sunday, 1997 French Open champion Iva Majoli was named Comeback Play of the Year after returning to the Tour from right shoulder surgery which kept her off the court for a better part of two years.
Russia's Elena Dementieva took home the award for Most Improved Player. The 19-year-old advanced to the semifinals at Indian Wells, the US Open, the Chase Championships, where she defeated No. 1 Lindsay Davenport in the opening round. Dementieva also won a silver medal at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.
Other 2000 Sanex WTA Tour Award Winners include Martina Hingis of Switzerland, who took the Diamond Aces Award for an outstanding contribution to success of tournaments around the world, and Daja Bedanova of the Czech Republic, who was named Newcomer of the Year after winning her first Sanex WTA Tour title in Bratislava, compiling a 45-16 record in 2000 and improving her Tour ranking from No. 294 to 54.
The Sanex WTA Tour is the world's premier professional sport for women, with more than 1,000 players competing for over $50 million in prize money in 2001.
The Tour's 2001 season will conclude with the Sanex WTA Tour Championships in Munich, Germany from October 29-November 4.