Best Female Tennis Player ESPY Award

The Best Female Tennis Player ESPY Award has been presented annually since 1993 to the professional female tennis player adjudged to be the best in a given calendar year.

Between 1993 and 2004, the award voting panel comprised variously fans; sportswriters and broadcasters, sports executives, and retired sportspersons, termed collectively experts; and ESPN personalities, but balloting thereafter has been exclusively by fans over the Internet from amongst choices selected by the ESPN Select Nominating Committee.

Through the 2001 iteration of the ESPY Awards, ceremonies were conducted in February of each year to honor achievements over the previous calendar year; awards presented thereafter are conferred in June and reflect performance from the June previous.[1] The award wasn't awarded in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

List of winnersEdit

Year Player Nation represented Other announced finalists[2]
1993 Monica Seles   FR Yugoslavia
1994 Steffi Graf   Germany
1995 Arantxa Sánchez Vicario   Spain
1996 Steffi Graf   Germany
1997 Steffi Graf   Germany
1998 Martina Hingis    Switzerland
1999 Lindsay Davenport   United States Martina Hingis (   Switzerland)
Venus Williams (  United States)
Serena Williams (  United States)
2000 Lindsay Davenport   United States
2001 Venus Williams   United States Lindsay Davenport (  United States)
Martina Hingis (   Switzerland)
Serena Williams (  United States)
2002 Venus Williams   United States Jennifer Capriati (  United States)
Serena Williams (  United States)
2003 Serena Williams   United States Jennifer Capriati (  United States)
Kim Clijsters (  Belgium)
Venus Williams (  United States)
2004 Serena Williams   United States Kim Clijsters (  Belgium)
Justine Henin-Hardenne (  Belgium)
2005 Maria Sharapova   Russia Lindsay Davenport (  United States)
Justine Henin-Hardenne (  Belgium)
Svetlana Kuznetsova (  Russia)
Serena Williams (  United States)
2006 Venus Williams   United States Kim Clijsters (  Belgium)
Justine Henin-Hardenne (  Belgium)
Amélie Mauresmo (  France)
2007 Maria Sharapova   Russia Justine Henin (  Belgium)
Jelena Janković (  Serbia)
Serena Williams (  United States)
2008 Maria Sharapova   Russia Justine Henin (  Belgium)
Ana Ivanovic (  Serbia)
2009 Serena Williams   United States Dinara Safina (  Russia)
Svetlana Kuznetsova (  Russia)
2010 Serena Williams   United States Venus Williams (  United States)
Kim Clijsters (  Belgium)
2011 Serena Williams   United States Kim Clijsters (  Belgium)
Li Na (  China)
Caroline Wozniacki (  Denmark)
2012 Maria Sharapova   Russia Victoria Azarenka (  Belarus)
Petra Kvitová (  Czech Republic)
Samantha Stosur (  Australia)
2013 Serena Williams   United States Victoria Azarenka (  Belarus)
Maria Sharapova (  Russia)
2014 Maria Sharapova   Russia Li Na (  China)
Agnieszka Radwanska (  Poland)
Serena Williams (  United States)
2015 Serena Williams   United States Simona Halep (  Romania)
Petra Kvitova (  Czech Republic)
Maria Sharapova (  Russia)
2016 Serena Williams   United States Flavia Pennetta (  Italy)
Garbiñe Muguruza (  Spain)
Angelique Kerber (  Germany)
2017 Serena Williams   United States Angelique Kerber (  Germany)
Jelena Ostapenko (  Latvia)
Monica Puig (  United States)
2018 Sloane Stephens   United States Simona Halep (  Romania
Garbine Muguruza (  Spain)
Caroline Wozniacki (  Denmark)
2019 Serena Williams   United States Naomi Osaka (  Japan)
Simona Halep (  Romania)
Petra Kvitova (  Czech Republic)
2020 Not awarded due to the COVID-19 pandemic

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Because of the rescheduling of the ESPY Awards ceremony, the award presented in 2002 was given in consideration of performance betwixt February 2001 and June 2002.
  2. ^ For those iterations of the award for which online fan balloting was undertaken, the ESPN Select Nominating Committee presented between three and five candidates.