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 9 on the money list from each tour are Na Yeon Choi (LPGA) and Angelique Kerber (WTA).
NA YEON CHOI (South Korea)
2013 Official LPGA Prizemoney: $929,964
Best Results: T2 Ricoh Women’s British Open, T9 Wegmans LPGA Championship, 2nd HSBC Women’s Champions, 5th Reignwood LPGA Classic, T6 Manulife Financial LPGA Classic, T6 LPGA Lotte Championship presented by J Golf, 7th Honda LPGA Thailand, T7 North Texas LPGA Shootout
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Before I get to Na Yeon Choi’s season, I’d like to say that I’m so happy that when I write about her or she’s a big part of an LPGA story (for example, she’s leading an event or in contention), the response is great. Like all bloggers, I get statistics on hits, links, reposts, etc. Na Yeon Choi based posts are among the most popular that I write. The reason this especially warms my heart is that I love to see Seoul Sisters being embraced by American fans. That isn’t always the case. But people seem to love NYC. I can see why. She has a swing as pure as gold and a huge heart off the course. It was another fantastic year on the LPGA tour for Na Yeon Choi. Although the 26-year old South Korean star didn’t win a title in 2013, she did record a tie for 2nd at the Ricoh Women’s British Open. It was the 4th time in the last 5 years that NYC finished in the top 10 at the LPGA’s 4th Major of the season. She also earned another top 10 in a Major earlier in year when she placed in a tie for 9th at the Wegmans LPGA Championship.
It shows how great a player Na Yeon is that as well as she did in 2013, it was a bit of an off year. It was the first time since 2008 that she didn’t win at least 1 event. In most of the intervening years she won 2 titles, save for 2011. She won the Vare Trophy and Money List title in 2010. Still, her scoring average in 2013 was her 2nd lowest ever (70.31), second only to her Vare Trophy year (69.87). So Na Yeon is still as great, if not greater, than she has been in many of her recent years. It’s just that she didn’t have the monetary boost of taking home a winner’s share in 2013. I fully expect Na Yeon to return to the winner’s circle in 2014.
ANGELIQUE KERBER (Germany)
2013 Official WTA Prizemoney: $2,139,358
Best Results: WINNER Generali Ladies Linz, RUNNER-UP Toray Pan Pacific Open, RUNNER-UP Monterrey Open, SF Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, SF BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, SF Apia International Sydney, QF Brisbane International, QF Mutua Madrid Open, QF Citi Open, QF China Open
Facebook: Angelique Kerber Official (click)
Website: Angelique Kerber (click)
When a player has a breakthrough year, as Angelique Kerber did in 2012, there is sometimes the question as to whether it was a one year aberration or the birth of a perennial contender. Put simply, can the player back it up the next year? Angelique backed it up in 2013. She won the Generali Ladies Linz, taking a tight final over Ana Ivanovic. Kerber also finished runner-up at the Toray Pan Pacific Open and Monterrey Open. Both were 3 set affairs in which Angelique had her chances.
This is not to say Angelique had an equal year to 2012. She didn’t. Her overall performances were down. For example, she reached the quarters of Roland Garros and semis of Wimbledon in 2012, while not getting past the 4th round in any Majors in 2013. She needed Maria Sharapova to drop out of the WTA Tour Championships in order to qualify. But I don’t make her 2013 season about matching 2012. I just say that she won again and had 2 runners-up that could have gone her way. She finished in the top 10 on the money list, as well. That’s a great year for her.
SELECTED 2013 PICS OF NA YEON CHOI and ANGELIQUE KERBER
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