Iga Sibiong Tech (Poland), the world’s strongest women’s tennis ‘active’, was selected as the Player of the Year for the 2022 season of the Women’s Professional Tennis (WTA) Tour. Ashley Barty (Australia), who announced her shock retirement from the summit earlier this year, ended her tennis career in splendor by winning the ‘Australian Tennis Grand Prize’.
The WTA announced on its homepage on the 12th (local time) that it had selected Sibiong Tech, the current world ranking, as the ‘Player of the Year’. The WTA said, “This is Sibiong Tech’s first ‘Player of the Year’ award,” and “Sibiong Tech, who received the Rookie of the Year Award in 2020, has performed outstandingly this year, winning a total of 8 championships, including 37 consecutive victories and 6 consecutive victories.” She explained the background of the award.
Her 2001-born Sibiong Tech reigned supreme in world women’s tennis this year. In major tournaments, she lifted the French Open and US Open trophies, and reached the semifinals at the Australian Open and the round of 16 at Wimbledon. Including two major trophy wins, she won the championship a total of eight times. Her season record this year is 67-9, and in particular, she won 37 consecutive wins from February to July, setting the record for most consecutive wins in women’s tennis since 2000.
Since last April, she has not lost the top spot in the women’s singles world rankings. Her current ranking points are 11,085 points, more than twice as many as her runner-up Ounce Jaber (Tunisia, 5055 points). With tennis legend Serena Williams in her blitz retirement this year, Sibiong Tech is seen as her de facto sole successor. 안전놀이터
Meanwhile, Ashley Barty (Australia), who was at the top before Sibiong Tech, won the ‘Newcomb Medal’, the highest honor of the Australian tennis grand prize, despite retiring early this year. Barty is the first player to win the Newcom Medal five times in a row since 2017 (2020 canceled due to corona).
Barty announced his sudden retirement via social media in March of this year. Born only in 1996, he shocked the tennis world by reaching the top of the world at the age of 26 and enjoying his prime. Barty, who won his first major title at the French Open in 2019, has held out on top of the world for nearly three years. In January of this year, he emerged as a ‘national hero’ by winning the Australian Open for the first time in 44 years as an Australian.
“This year has definitely been a very important year in my career and life,” said Barty. I am very proud to be here,” he said.