The players pull off countless strokes of inspiration, combining skill with luck and effort to produce all kinds of memorable winners over the course of a season. Some players, however, do it more consistently than others. There were two in particular who set themselves apart as shot-makers of the year.
Her spinning, behind-the-back reflex volley was acclaimed by many as the year's best shot, and there was a lot more where that came from. Radwanska may not possess the power game most of the other top women play, but she makes up for it with variety and ingenuity -- the same things that also produce gasp-inducing, crowd-pleasing plays.
The WTA even has a separate compilation of her best work in its season-ending clips, making her the only player to get one of her very own. It includes a drop shot off a net cord, a leaping backhand overhead, and of course, that famous twirling volley. The player's reaction to that improvised winner was almost as amusing as the shot itself. While Radwanska's opponent, Kirsten Flipkens, dropped her racquet in disbelief and exasperation, the normally tight-lipped Pole was still beaming as she got ready to begin the next point.
And just to show she's got something in the power department as well, there's even a 99 mph forehand in the bunch.
He's been known as "Baby Fed" and Maria Sharapova's boyfriend, but Dimitrov is also starting to make a name for himself on the tennis court. After hitting what was frequently described as last year's best shot, the 22-year-old Bulgarian has continued to drop jaws week after week with some spectacular plays.