Romania’s best woman tennis player at this moment Simona Halep (number 5 WTA) won the Fed Cup Heart Award 2014 for Europe/Africa Zone Group of the Federation Cup, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) has announced.
Halep had to play against Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands. Heart Award aims to recognize players who have represented their country with distinction, shown exceptional courage on court and demonstrated outstanding commitment to their team during the Fed Cup matches.
Halep was nominated for her comeback in the matches held in the first Fed Cup round, when she lost the first match in three sets to Hungary’s Timea Babos, but then beat the next two opponents in two sets, namely Briton Johanna Konta and Ukrainian Elina Svitolina, helping the Romanian team qualify in the World Group II playoff, writes ITF.
The players were initially shortlisted by a judging panel consisting of ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti and a group of former Fed Cup players and members of the international media and over 60,000 tennis fans voted on the Fed Cup website. All the winners receive a cheque to be donated to their chosen charity.