WAGEN, Germany (AP) When the WGA voted to name the 2018-19 season’s best event in their annual awards show, one of the biggest names was absent.
The WGA has no winners, and the first time the organization has awarded a prize to a female winner since 1994 is a rarity.
The 2018 WGA Women’s All-Star game in New Orleans was the only other award-winning event in WAGen history to feature a female member of the panel.
But Koens has emerged as the clear winner with a career-best record of 19-3 since the WAGening in November.
That includes seven straight wins in the women’s singles final.
The 22-year-old Koens will represent the United States at the WNBA Finals in Seattle next month.
Koens said she felt good playing the game of tennis for a second time in six months and the WTA All-American tour was a blast.
“This is a huge honor for me and the women in the WPG, especially the young ones who are making big moves,” Koens told The Associated Press in a telephone interview on Tuesday.
“I think it was a great experience.
I had a great time.”
In addition to winning the WGU Award, Koens earned the WSH and WGU Lifetime Achievement Awards.
The American is the first WGA champion since 2012 and her career bests of 14 wins, four doubles and six singles is the most ever for a woman in the top 25.
Koens has been a consistent top-10 player in singles, doubles and women’s points.
She won a record eight consecutive WGU titles and three times at the U.S. Open, including the 2014 final.
Her only major tournament defeat came to compatriot Petra Kvitova, a three-time Grand Slam champion who Koens beat in three sets in her first major final.
Koarts last win was the 2015 U.K. Open final in which she beat Serena Williams and Martina Navratilova.
The tournament was held in Manchester, England.
Koats most recent win came at the 2015 French Open in which her third-set victory was her first career victory.
She was the first American woman to win a major since Joanne Peters won the U-19 US Open title in 2004.
Koends only loss came in a quarterfinal at Wimbledon in January, when she lost in the first round to Petra Kvaipova, who had won the French Open title earlier that month.
She went on to win her next two titles at Wimberley before retiring with the same loss to Kvaiph.
Koets victory was a huge disappointment for some.
In fact, WGA president Mary Barra called it “the worst thing that could have happened to a WGA member,” according to USA Today.
Koends win was so surprising, she said she never imagined she would be a top-five player in the world.
“I don’t know if I could have expected that at all,” she said.
“It was such a huge shock to me.
I don’t really know what to say.
It was a complete shock.”
Koens said there was a “huge sense of relief” and that she could never forget how it all unfolded.
She said she had “so much more to play for.”
“I have to get over it and move on with my life,” she told the AP.
“My life will be so much better when I can actually get a little bit of time in between events to reflect and reflect on it all.”