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 28 on the money list from each tour are Morgan Pressel (LPGA) and Lucie Safarova (WTA).
MORGAN PRESSEL (United States)
2013 Official LPGA Prizemoney: $504,188
Best Finishes: T3 Wegmans LPGA Championship, T4 Ricoh Women’s British Open
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2013 proved to be a bounce back year on the LPGA tour for Morgan Pressel. The 2007 Kraft Nabisco Championship winner’s first 6 years as an LPGA member, 2006 thru 2011, saw her finish no worse than 24th on the money list, including 13th place finishes in 2010 and 2011 as well as 9th in 2007. Injury would conspire against Morgan to derail her performance in 2012, slipping to 45th on the money list and 98th in scoring.
Certainly, her performance in 2012 was not the real Morgan Pressel. She emphatically bounced back in 2013, finishing in the top 30 on the money list once again at number 28. Morgan also improved her scoring average by just shy of 2 full shots at 1.95. A healthy, and newly married, Pressel collected two more top 5 Major finishes at the Wegmans LPGA Championship (T3) and Ricoh Women’s British Open. She also represented her country with honor at Solheim Cup 2013. While the Cup was ultimately won by Team Europe, Morgan has shown herself to be the kind of player America should always want as a representative.
Morgan also continues to be a champion off the course with her continued efforts against breast cancer. Through her own Morgan Pressel Foundation and in collaboration with others such as Cristie Kerr’s Birdies for Breast Cancer, Pressel is a shining light who honors her mother’s memory. For more information on the Morgan Pressel Foundation, please visit: Morgan Pressel Foundation (click name to go to website). She also supported the ISPS Paralympic bid.
LUCIE SAFAROVA (Czech Republic)
Singles: $557,325 Doubles: $280,274 Mixed: $0
2013 Official WTA Prizemoney: $837,599
Coming into 2013, Lucie Safarova had been winless since 2008 in singles, not that she wasn’t coming close. She had been in 5 WTA finals since her 2008 Forest Hills Tennis Classic victory but had been settling for bridesmaid finishes. Lucie ended the runner-up streak by capturing her 5th WTA singles title at the 2013 Champion Bell tournament in Quebec City.
In doubles, Lucie won 2 titles in 2013, at the Family Circle Cup with Kristina Mladenovic and the Mutua Madrid Open with Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. It was Safarova’s second straight Family Circle Cup victory, although last year it was with Pavlyuchenkova, not Mladenovic. Any year you can win 3 WTA titles is a success, especially considering Lucie was a bit sick at the beginning of the year.
SELECTED 2013 PICS OF MORGAN PRESSEL and LUCIE SAFAROVA
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