Who will be the WTA Tennis Player of the Year?

The shortlists for the 2022 WTA Awards have been released and it’s almost time to celebrate the biggest stars of the Tour of the year.

Iga Swiatek completely dominates throughout the season and, of course, nominated for the title of “Player of the Year”.

She competes against five other WTA Tour trailblazers, but who will take the crown for her accomplishments?

Here’s a look at all six women nominated for WTA Tennis Player of the Year.

Iga Swiatek

The world No. 1 is in the shape of her life right now and it looks like no one is even close to stopping her reign as WTA leader.

Swiatek has won eight titles in 2022, including the French Open and the US Open. She also became the fourth woman in history to win the Sunshine Double and finished the year by over 6,000 points at the top of the WTA rankings.

During her dominant year, Swiatek went on a 37-match winning streak, breaking Venus Williams’ previous record for the longest time a woman went undefeated in the 21st century.

Iga Swiatek lifts the US Open trophy
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 10: Iga Swiatek of Poland celebrates the championship trophy after defeating Ons Jaber of Tunisia during the women’s singles final on day thirteen of the 2022 US Open at the Billie Jean King USTA National Tennis Center 10 September. 2022 in the Flushing neighborhood of Queens in New York. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Our Jaber

After finishing second in the world this summer, Jabeur became the highest-scoring African and Arab tennis player in WTA and ATP history.

The 28-year-old has won two WTA titles during 2022 and reached two Grand Slam finals.

At Wimbledon, Jaber became the first Arab or North African woman to reach a major semi-final. She went even better, reaching the final round, where she eventually lost to Elena Rybakina.

Tunisia also reached the final of the US Open, but were once again stripped of their first Grand Slam title after losing to Swiatek.

Our Jaber
MADRID, SPAIN – MAY 07: Ons Jaber of Tunisia celebrates winning the women’s singles final match against Jessica Pegula of the United States on the tenth day of the Mutua Madrid Open at La Caja Magica on May 7, 2022 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Coco Gauff

Gauff is now one of the brightest rising talents on the WTA Tour.

At just 18 years old, she established herself as the No. 4 in the world in singles and the best player in the world in doubles in June 2022.

Gauff reached her first Grand Slam final this year at Roland Garros but lost to two-time champion Swiatek.

However, the American star enjoyed success with compatriot Jessica Pegula. The duo won the Qatar Open back in February before adding the National Bank Open and San Diego Open to their tally.

Coco Gauff celebrating
SAN JOSE, CA – AUG 04: Coco Gauff reacts to Japan’s Naomi Osaka during the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic, part of the Hologic WTA Tour, at the Spartan Tennis Complex on August 4, 2022 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

Jessica Pegula

Pegula achieved a personal best this year, finishing third in the WTA rankings.

She performed well in doubles with Gauff, leading them to the final of the French Open.

As a singles player, it could take until the end of the year, but Pegula finally won her first title at the Guadalajara Open, where she beat the likes of Rybakina, Bianca Andreescu and Maria Saccari.

Jessica Pegula poses with the Tree of Life trophy.
SAPOPAN, MEXICO – OCTOBER 23: Jessica Pegula of the USA poses with the Tree of Life trophy after defeating Maria Sakkari of Greece during the WTA Guadalajara Open Akron 2022 Final, part of the Hologic WTA Tour, at the Centro Panamericano de Tenis on October 23, 2022 in Zapopane, Mexico. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Caroline Garcia

This year has been a comeback story for Garcia, who fought back after falling out of the top 70 in 2021.

The Frenchwoman is now ranked fourth in the world, having won three titles including the Western and Southern Open. She also stunned opponents in Fort Worth when she became the WTA Finals champion.

Garcia also won the French Open as a wildcard with doubles partner Kristina Mladenovic.

FORT WORTH, TX – NOVEMBER 7: Caroline Garcia of France celebrates the presentation of the Billie Jean King Trophy after defeating Arina Sobolenko of Belarus in the women’s singles final match during the 2022 WTA Finals, part of the Hologic WTA Tour, at Dickies Arena on November 7. , 2022, Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Caitlin Mulcahy/Getty Images)

Elena Rybakina

At Wimbledon 2022, Rybakina became the first Kazakhstani tennis player to win a major tennis title.

The 23-year-old beat Ayla Tomljanovic and Simona Halep before beating Jaber in the final to win her first Grand Slam trophy.

Despite a difficult season on grass courts, Rybakina broke into Wimbledon, losing only two sets in the process. Her triumph made her the youngest Wimbledon champion since Petra Kvitova in 2011.

Elena Rybakina poses with the trophy after winning Wimbledon 2022
LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 09: Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan celebrates the trophy after defeating Once Jaber of Tunisia during the women’s singles final match on the thirteenth day of the 2022 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 9, 2022 in London, England . (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Who else has been nominated for the award?

After leaving court Serena Williams was nominated for “Best Comeback” along with Daria Savil, Tatiana Maria and Donna Vekic.

Team GB’s Harriet Dart joins Zheng Qinwen, Linda Fruhvirtova, Jules Niemeyer, Maiar Sheriff and Laura Pigossi on the Violation of the Year list.

The shortlisted “Best Player in Progress” included Veronika Kudermetova, Beatrice Haddad Maya, Ekaterina Aleksandrova, Lyudmila Samsonova and Ayla Tomlyanovich.

Meanwhile, Barbora Kreychikova and Katerina Sinyakova, who won three of the four Grand Slam titles in 2022, have been nominated for “Best Doubles of the Year”.

They are joined by Veronika Kudermetova and Elise Mertens, Gauff and Pegula, Gabriela Dombrowski and Giuliana Olmos, and Ludmila Kichenok and Elena Ostapenko.

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