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 20 on the money list from each tour are Anna Nordqvist (LPGA) and Kirsten Flipkens (WTA).
ANNA NORDQVIST (Sweden)
2013 Official LPGA Prizemoney: $678,751
Best Finishes: T7 Kraft Nabisco Championship, 3rd Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic, T4 Mobile Bay LPGA Classic, T8 LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship, T9 Kingsmill Championship, 2-1-1 Solheim Cup 2013
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The top 20 on the LPGA Money List starts with Anna Nordqvist. It’s fitting that the talented Swede should start the top 20 since her season was festooned with top 20 finishes. Anna had 5 top 10s, including a tie for 7th at the Kraft Nabisco Championship. But the strength of her season was the 16 top 20 finishes that ultimately resulted in a high finish on the year end money list. She was also very consistent in Majors, with a T7, T12 and two T11s in the first four Majors of 2013. She also had her best scoring average, 70.83, since 2009.
Anna also had a terrific Solheim Cup. In addition to being a member of the winning team, she helped to add 2.5 points to Team Europe’s winning total with a 2-1-1 record. She also had one of the most memorable shots of the competition. Teamed with Caroline Hedwall, she aced the 17th to secure a point over Morgan Pressel and Jessica Korda of the United States in the day 2 morning foursomes.
KIRSTEN FLIPKENS (Belgium)
Singles: $1,103,079 Doubles: $38,939 Mixed: $2,229
2013 Official WTA Prizemoney: $1,144,247
Best Finishes: Runner-up Topshelf Open, SF Wimbledon, SF Hobart International, QF Sony Open, QF ASB Classic, QF US Indoor Tennis Championship, QF Generali Ladies Linz
In tennis, if you’re going to have a magical run then have it where the spotlight shines the brightest, Wimbledon. Kirsten Flipkens rode a wave of brilliant pressure play to the semifinals on the hallowed grass courts at the All-England Club. Along the way, she ousted former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in the quarterfinals, as well as Flavia Pennetta and Bojana Jovanovski earlier. Her Cinderella story was finally ended by the eventual champion Marion Bartoli.
Kirsten was the runner-up at the Topshelf Open. She also reached the quarterfinals of the Sony Open, taking out Kvitova along the way. After Wimbledon, results were thin for Flipkens, despite a quarterfinal appearance at Linz. However, for a 27-year old player who before 2013 had never advanced past the third round of a Major to reach the semifinals of Wimbledon (and the fourth round of the Australian Open), the season has to be considered an unqualified success.
SELECTED 2013 PICS OF ANNA NORDQVIST and KIRSTEN FLIPKENS
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