2 Dec 2010

Clijsters named player of the year

8:16 am on 2 December 2010

US Open tennis champion Kim Clijsters has been named the WTA's player of the year.

The Belgian won five tournaments, including the season-ending WTA Championships and her second consecutive title at Flushing Meadows.

Clijsters was also player of the year in 2005.

The 27-year-old was also honored with the player service award, given to the woman who did the most to support her fellow players through the WTA players' council or other initiatives.

Other awards went to Belgium's Justine Henin as comeback player of the year... Maria Sharapova as humantitarian of the year.... Flavia Pennetta and Gisela Dulko as doubles team of the year and the Czech Republic's 20-year-old Petra Kvitova, a Wimbledon semi-finalist, as newcomer of the year.