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Heather Watson and Laura Robson have been nominated in the newcomer of the year category at the 2012 WTA Awards as voted upon by the media.
This is the first time ever two Britons have been nominated in the same category and only the fourth and fifth times in history a British woman has been nominated for the WTA annual awards:
Previous British winners and nominees:
Also nominated in this category is Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands & America's Sloane Stephens.
Heather Watson finished the year as British No.1 with one singles title and two doubles titles under her belt.
At Osaka 20 year-old Watson became the first British player to win a WTA title since Sara Gomer in 1988, saving four match points in the third set to end a 24 year title drought among British women.
Her run at Osaka was the first time she had advanced beyond the quarter-finals at a WTA event. Earlier in the year Watson advanced to the third round of Wimbledon, her best Grand Slam result to date.
Watson also won the first two doubles titles of her career in Stanford and Dallas, both with Marina Erakovic.
After playing in only five main draw events in 2011, Robson played 15 in 2012.
At Guangzhou in September, she became the first British woman to reach a WTA final since 1990 where Jo Durie, was the runner-up at Newport.
2012 marked the first year Robson played in main draw at all four Slams, including her first direct entry at the US Open. In Flushing Meadows, she defeated Kim Clijsters in her final singles match of her career and followed this up by beating Li Na in round three as she became the first British woman to reach round 16 at a Slam since 1991.
Earlier in the year, Robson reached the semi-finals at Palermo, her first career WTA appearance in a semi-final.
Robson finished the year as the second youngest player in the Top 100 (at No.53). She also won a silver medal in mixed doubles at the 2012 London Olympics with Andy Murray.