Serena's comeback story of WTA season Nov 27, 2012 2:29 PM ET | By Jane McManus
Two dominant American players started the 2012 season coming off injuries and passing age 30. It appeared it could be the time for a simmering young talent to boil to the top of the women's tour. Goodbye to Serena and Venus Williams, who have dominated headlines since the late 1990s, hello to some new faces.
Belarusian Victoria Azarenka, who won 26 matches to start the season, Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska, who reached the Wimbledon final, and Italy's Sara Errani, who found some magic in a new racket, all seemed poised to break through.
In the first part of the year, it seemed like the women's game might be ready for a changing of the guard. But then a familiar face came roaring back.
Player of the year
After a slow start -- including a first-round loss at the French Open -- Serena Williams came back to win Wimbledon, the Olympics, the U.S. Open and the year-end championship. She earned more than $7 million in prize money, second only to Azarenka, despite playing three fewer tournaments. ..................(more)