Serena Williams was voted the Women's Tennis Association Player of the Year for 2013, her second consecutive triumph and fifth overall.

The American, who reclaimed the world No. 1 ranking in February, posted a record of 78-4 in the 2013 season, with the French Open, the U.S. Open and the WTA Championships among her 12 tournament victories.

Three people have taken Player of the Year honors five times or more since the award was established in 1977.

Williams, 32, now trails only Steffi Graff, who won it eight times, and seven-time winner Martina Navratilova.

"Well, obviously the French Open was probably the thing that stands out most," Williams said of her 2013 campaign. "I really wanted to win that for a number of years now, so that was definitely something exciting. And also being undefeated on clay was pretty exciting too. So my results on clay this year definitely stand out."

The distinction of WTA's Doubles Team of the Year went to the No. 1-ranked team of Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci, winners of the Australian Open women's doubles title.

Simona Halep, who won six tournaments, was chosen as Most Improved player of 2013, while Eugenia Bouchard picked up the prize for Best Newcomer and Alisa Kleybanova was named Comeback Player of the Year.

Diagnosed two years ago with Hodgkin's disease, Kleybanova began the season ranked 549 in the world and climbed to No. 185 over the course of the year. EFE