Instead of a year in review focusing on overall achievements, I thought this time I’d do a countdown of the top 30 money list leaders from the WTA and LPGA. For the WTA, singles, doubles and mixed are combined for this top 30. Number 27 on the money list from each tour are Ai Miyazato (LPGA) and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (WTA).
AI MIYAZATO (Japan)
2013 Official LPGA Prizemoney: $526,968
Best Finishes: 2nd RR Donnelley Founders Cup, T6 LPGA Lotte Championship presented by JGolf
Official Website: Ai Miyazato54.com (click)
Instagram: Shorty Ai (click)
Although a 27th place finish on the year end LPGA money list is an impressive accomplishment, for Ai Miyazato it broke a string of 4 straight years in the Top 8. Each of those years, the 9-time LPGA winner topped one million dollars with a high of $1,517,149 in 2009. She also won at least one LPGA tournament in each of those four years, including a high of 5 tournaments in 2010. In comparison to what she has done recently, 2013 is a bit of letdown with “only” $526,968 in official prizemoney and no tournament wins. That said, I feel her year should still be celebrated. She performed very well in 2013. Her problem is that she has set such a high standard for herself that anything less than amazing pales beside what she has done.
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I would consider the car accident she and Paula Creamer were involved in after the Honda LPGA Thailand in late February as a possible source of ongoing physical trauma, but while she withdrew from the HSBC Women’s Champions in the immediate aftermath of the 5 car accident with whiplash symptoms, her two best events were within the next two months, at RR Donnelley in the first week of March and the Lotte Championship in April. Something was amiss in 2013, clearly. For 7 straight years Ai-sama had at least one top 6 finish at a Major. That streak ended in 2013, even with an extra 5th Major for the first time. However, let me reiterate that Ai Miyazato had a very good season, one that lots of players would gladly accept.
ANASTASIA PAVLYUCHENKOVA (Russia)
Singles: $678,107 Doubles: $252,803 Mixed: $0
2013 Official WTA Prizemoney: $930,910
Best Finishes; Singles: winner, Monterrey Open, Portugal Open; Doubles: winner, Mutua Madrid Open (with Lucie Safarova)
Facebook: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (click)
Instagram: Nastia Pav (click)
Twitter: NastiaPav (click)
One thing is for sure. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova really likes playing in Monterrey, Mexico. The 22-year old Russian won her 3rd Monterrey title in 2013 to go along with victories in 2010 and 2011. She also won the Portugal Open and was runner-up at both the Brisbane International and KDB Korea Open. In doubles, she won her first Tier I Premier event by pairing with Lucie Safarova to win the Mutua Madrid Open.
It wasn’t the partnership with Lucie Safarova in doubles that had people talking about Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, but rather her partnership with Martina Hingis as her coach. She hired Hingis as her coach in April, although she had been working with Martina as part of the Patrick Mouratoglou Academy before that, and won the Portugal Open soon after. However, as results started to slide and disagreements surfaced over preparation for tournaments, Anastasia parted ways with Hingis by June. Well, at least it lasted longer than Maria Sharapova and Jimmy Connors.
SELECTED 2013 PICS OF AI MIYAZATO and ANASTASIA PAVLYUCHENKOVA
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