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 13 on the money list from each tour are Sabine Lisicki (WTA) and Karrie Webb (LPGA).
SABINE LISICKI (Germany)
Singles: $1,679,063 Doubles: $66,788 Mixed: $2,982
2013 Official WTA Prizemoney: $1,748,833
Best Results: (Singles) RUNNER-UP Wimbledon, RUNNER-UP PTT Pattaya Open, RUNNER-UP US National Indoor Tennis Championships, SF BGL BNP Paribas Luxembourg Open; (Doubles) WINNER Porsche Tennis Grand Prix
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Sabine Lisicki didn’t win Wimbledon in 2013, finishing as the runner-up to Marion Bartoli, but she arguably had the most prominent win on the women’s side when she fought back in the third set to oust heavy favorite, Serena Williams. It was a result heard ’round the world, transforming Sabine from underdog before the match to possible tournament favorite afterwards. When it’s working, her big serving style is made for Wimbledon. The 24-year old German star has one runner-up, one semifinal and two quarterfinal finishes on the hallowed grass courts. It was the fourth time Lisicki had knocked the reigning Roland Garros champion out of Wimbledon; 2009 (Svetlana Kuznetsova), 2011 (Li Na), 2012 (Maria Sharapova) and 2013 (Serena Williams). She also snapped Serena’s 34 match winning streak.
Sabine was also runner-up at both Pattaya and Memphis, as well as a semifinalist at Luxembourg. In doubles, she won the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in her native Germany. It was her second time winning the doubles title in Stuttgart. But unlike 2011 when she teamed up with Australia’s Samantha Stosur, this time she took the doubles crown as part of an all-German team with Mona Barthel. Sabine has lost some time already in her career due to injury. If she can just stay healthy, she is still young and has tons of potential. There’s no reason she can’t continue to perform well at Wimbledon. Beyond that, she also has the game to improve on her results at the other Majors, too.
KARRIE WEBB (Australia)
2013 Official LPGA Prizemoney: $765,880
Best Results: WINNER ShopRite LPGA Classic, T5 Kraft Nabisco Championship, 4th Reignwood LPGA Classic, T4 Mobile Bay LPGA Classic, T6 Kia Classic, 8th Safeway Classic
Hall of Famer Karrie Webb continued to be a force on the LPGA Tour in 2013 (not to mention winning on the Ladies European Tour, too…but this countdown includes only LPGA results). She’ll be 39 at the beginning of the 2014 season but that’s no comfort to her competitors. Webb still has her winning ways, emerging triumphant at the ShopRite LPGA Classic. The victory marked her 39th LPGA title, by far the most of any active LPGA tour player.
Karrie didn’t just have one great week on the LPGA tour. She was solid throughout the year with a T5 at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, a T13 at the US Women’s Open and a T15 at the US Women’s Open. Webb also collected top 10s at the Reignwood LPGA Classic, Mobile Bay LPGA Classic, Kia Classic and Safeway Classic. When the opportunity to score is there, Karrie takes advantage with a putts per GIR that ranked 10th on tour. She was also 8th overall in scoring. Something tells me 2014 will see Karrie’s 40th LPGA victory…maybe more.
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