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 11 on the money list from each tour are Paula Creamer (LPGA) and Roberta Vinci (WTA).
PAULA CREAMER (United States)
Official 2013 LPGA Prizemoney: $831,918
Best Results: T4 US Women’s Open, 2nd Marathon Classic presented by Owens Corning & O-I, 3rd HSBC Women’s Champions, T4 Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic, T7 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G, T10 CN Canadian Women’s Open
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In the post for the #12 players on the WTA and LPGA lists, I mentioned how tennis player Caroline Wozniacki’s current great play is a victim to her past loftier success. Much like Caroline, on the LPGA the recently engaged Paula Creamer had a great 2013. An 11th place finish on the money list is testament to that. But also like Wozniacki, Paula’s even greater past achievements (9 LPGA titles in her first 6 years) shine more brightly. While some might focus on the Pink Panther having not won since her 2010 US Women’s Open triumph, I choose to focus on what she is presently achieving. Sure, 6 top 10s, including a tie for 5th at the US Women’s Open, is terrific. What impresses me more is her 17 top 20s, including 4 of the LPGA’s 5 Majors. She never missed a cut in 2013 and only finished outside the top 28 5 times. OK, I know what she wants more than anything on tour is to get win #10. She’s giving herself chances (13th in greens in regulation), but her putter has let her down a bit (40th in putts per GIR and 82nd in overall putting). Still, I don’t want to nitpick too much, especially since in my view she had a season of which she should be very proud.
Solheim Cup obviously didn’t go the way of the Americans, but I’ll say the same thing I said for every player on Team USA. I am proud as an American of how they represented our country. Specifically for Paula, she played her heart out. Things just were not meant to be this time. Let me be clear about this, the two teams were represented by 12 players each. But even if the teams that played for the Solheim Cup were only two woman teams, Paula would still be one of the two I’d want representing the USA. The other would be Cristie Kerr. Those two I trust the most under fire. I can’t wait until 2015 when I believe Paula will lead the American squad in a spirited reclamation of the Solheim Cup.
ROBERTA VINCI (Italy)
Official 2013 WTA Prizemoney: $1,959,266
Best Results: (Singles) WINNER BNP Paribas Katowice Open, WINNER Internazionali Femminil di Palermo; (Doubles) WINNER Australian Open, WINNER Qatar Total Open, WINNER Open GDF Suez, RUNNER-UP Roland Garros, RUNNER-UP Internazionali BNL d’Italia, RUNNER-UP Apia International Sydney
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Robert Vinci continued her winning ways in both singles and doubles in 2013. She captured two singles events, in Katowice, Poland and Palermo, Italy. Those victories pushed the 30-year old Italian to 9 career WTA singles titles. For the second straight year, she reached the quarterfinals of the US Open, her best Major finishes to date. She also reached the semifinals at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship and the Western & Southern Open. Roberta also advanced to the quarterfinals at the Apia International Sydney, Sony Open, Brussels Open, Southern California Open and Kremlin Cup. Not surprisingly, she reached her career high ranking of #11 in singles in 2013.
Roberta continued to be a force in doubles with partner, Sara Errani. The pair captured the opening Major of the season at the Australian Open. They would also win the Qatar Total Open and the Open GDF Suez. They also secured runner-up finishes at Sydney, Rome and most notably Roland Garros. Roberta is quickly closing in on 20 doubles titles. She currently has 19. Considering how strong a team she and Sara are, I expect the 20th doubles win for Roberta to come very early in 2014. To add even more luster to her year, she and Sara led the Italian Fed Cup team to their 4th title.
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