Fairways and Forehands 2013 Top 30 WTA and LPGA Year In Review: #3 Li Na and Stacy Lewis

Li Na, 2013 Shenzhen Open winner (click to enlarge)

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 3 on the money list from each tour are Li Na (WTA) and Stacy Lewis (LPGA).

LI NA (China)

2013 Official WTA Prizemoney: $3,982,485

Best Results: WINNER Shenzhen Open, RUNNER-UP Australian Open, RUNNER-UP WTA Tour Championships, RUNNER-UP Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, SF US Open, QF Wimbledon, SF Apia Sydney International, SF Rogers Cup, SF Western & Southern Open, QF Sony Open, QF AEGON International, QF China Open

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Li Na has been the first Chinese or Asian born player to accomplish many milestones in WTA and tennis history. In 2013 she set yet another mark, becoming the highest ranked Asian player, male or female, in singles when she ascended to world #3. It was a fitting end to perhaps her most consistently strong year.Yes, she won a Major (Roland Garros) in 2011. But the rest of that year didn’t quite hold up. In 2013, Li Na started strongly, winning in Shenzhen and finishing runner-up at the Australian Open, and then kept the great play going all the way through a runner-up finish in the year-end WTA Tour Championships. Along the way she earned a semifinal berth at the US Open and quarterfinal berth at Wimbledon.

Li Na, 2013 Australian Open runner-up (click to enlarge)

Li Na set a goal to finish the year world #3 and accomplished her goal. Hopefully, the goal going into 2014 is to go even higher or win another Major. Those are lofty heights, but when she’s on she is tough for anybody to defeat. She might have had Victoria Azarenka on the ropes in the Australian Open had Li Na not bumped her head on the hardcourt and turned her ankle when she took a bit of a tumble. Although she turns 32 in February, Li Na looks as strong a player as she’s ever been. Maybe she will set yet another milestone in 2014.

Stacy Lewis, 2013 Ricoh’s Womens British Open winner (click to enlarge)

STACY LEWIS (United States)

2013 Official LPGA Prizemoney: $1,938,868

Awards: 2013 Vare Trophy (lowest scoring average)

Best Results: WINNER Ricoh Women’s British Open, WINNER RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup, WINNER HSBC Women’s Champions, T6 The Evian Championship, 2nd Safeway Classic presented by Coca-Cola, 2nd Reignwood LPGA Classic, 2nd Lorena Ochoa Invitational presented by Banamex, T3 Honda LPGA Thailand, T4 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G, T5 Kingsmill Championship, T6 Manulife Financial LPGA Classic, T6 Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia, T6 CME Group Titleholders, T7 Marathon Classic presented by Owens Corning O-I, T7 North Texas LPGA Shootout, T8 Mizuno Classic, 9th Mobile Bay LPGA Classic, T9 LPGA Lotte Championship presented by J Golf, T9 Kia Classic

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Every LPGA player is special. From all the women that play golf in the world, LPGA players comprise the greatest tour in the world. But there were 3 players whose exceptional play separated them from the rest of the field; Inbee Park, Suzann Pettersen and the woman coming in at #3 on the money list, Stacy Lewis. If you are a stat lover, Stacy racked them up in 2013. First in sub-par holes. First in rounds under par. First in birdies. Second in rounds in the 60s. Second in putts per GIR. Third in GIR. Fourth in Eagles. She led all players with an astounding 19 top 10s in 26 starts, leading in both overall top 10s (19) and top 10 percentage (73%). All of this culminated at the end of the year with Stacy winning her first Vare Trophy for lowest scoring average. She is the first American to win the Vare Trophy since Beth Daniel in 1994.

Stacy Lewis, 2013 HSBC Women’s Champions (click to enlarge)

All of those shining stats translated into 3 more LPGA victories including her second Major, the Ricoh Women’s British Open. Stacy also had 3 runner-up finishes. In one of those, the Reignwood LPGA Classic, it took a shot of the year type effort on the 18th hole from Shanshan Feng to deny Stacy another victory. But even with that one setback, she had a year that most LPGA players could never dream of having. In doing so, she now has 12 points towards a possible Hall of Fame career. I know it’s a long way from 12 points to 27, but if you consider that 10 of her 12 points were earned in the last two seasons, and she’s only 28 years old…well, I’d keep an eye on the greatest University of Arkansas LadyBack golfer of all time. Woooooooo. Pig. Sooie! Woooooooo. Pig. Sooie! Woooooooo. Pig. Sooie! Razorbacks!

SELECTED 2013 PICS OF LI NA and STACY LEWIS

ALL PICS CLICK TO ENLARGE

LI NA

Shenzhen Open

Shenzhen Open

Shenzhen Open

Shenzhen Open

WTA Tour Championships

WTA Tour Championships

WTA Tour Championships

WTA Tour Championships draw ceremony

WTA Tour Championships draw ceremony

China Open autograph session

China Open

US Open

US Open

US Open

US Open

US Open

US Open

US Open

US Open

Western & Southern Open

Rogers Cup

Rogers Cup

 

Rogers Cup

Rogers Cup

Wimbledon

Wimbledon

Wimbledon

Wimbledon

Wimbledon

AEGON International

Roland Garros

Roland Garros

Australian Open

Australian Open with Margaret Court

Australian Open with Victoria Azarenka and Margaret Court

Australian Open

Australian Open

Australian Open

Australian Open

Australian Open

Australian Open

Australian Open

Australian Open

Australian Open

Australian Open

Australian Open

Australian Open

Australian Open

Australian Open

Australian Open

Australian Open

Australian Open

Australian Open

Australian Open

Australian Open

Australian Open

Australian Open

Australian Open players cafe

Australian Open players cafe

Apia International Sydney

Apia International Sydney

 

STACY LEWIS

CME Group Titleholders

CME Group Titleholders

CME Group Titleholders

Mizuno Classic

Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia

Reignwood LPGA Classic

Reignwood LPGA Classic

Reignwood LPGA Classic

Solheim Cup

Solheim Cup

Solheim Cup

Solheim Cup with Paula Creamer

Solheim Cup

Solheim Cup with Paula Creamer

Solheim Cup with Lexi Thompson

Solheim Cup

Solheim Cup

Solheim Cup with Dottie Pepper and Meg Mallon

Solheim Cup with Lizette Salas

Solheim Cup with Lizette Salas

Solheim Cup Opening Ceremony

Solheim Cup Opening Ceremony

Solheim Cup practice round

Solheim Cup practice round

Solheim Cup practice round

Solheim Cup practice round

Solheim Cup with Meg Mallon

Ricoh Women’s British Open

Ricoh Women’s British Open

Ricoh Women’s British Open with Lydia Ko

Ricoh Women’s British Open with Lydia Ko

Ricoh Women’s British Open with family

Ricoh Women’s British Open

Ricoh Women’s British Open

Ricoh Women’s British Open

Ricoh Women’s British Open with mother and father

Ricoh Women’s British Open

Ricoh Women’s British Open

Ricoh Women’s British Open

Ricoh Women’s British Open

Ricoh Women’s British Open

Ricoh Women’s British Open

Ricoh Women’s British Open

Ricoh Women’s British Open

Ricoh Women’s British Open

Ricoh Women’s British Open

Manulife Financial LPGA Classic

Mobile Bay LPGA Classic

North Texas LPGA Shootout

North Texas LPGA Shootout

GWAA Awards dinner at 2013 Masters (picking up 2012 GWAA Player of the Year Award)

 

GWAA Awards Dinner

GWAA Awards Dinner with Ron Sirak

GWAA Awards Dinner

GWAA Awards Dinner

GWAA Awards Dinner with Rory McIlroy

RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup

RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup

RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup

RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup

RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup (yes, she became #1 at that time)

…and perhaps this LadyBack will be #1 again…

RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup photo session

RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup

HSBC Women’s Champions (either she just won or U of Arkansas just scored a touchdown!)

HSBC Women’s Champions

HSBC Women’s Champions

HSBC Women’s Champions

HSBC Women’s Champions

HSBC Women’s Champions

HSBC Women’s Champions

HSBC Women’s Champions

HSBC Women’s Champions

HSBC Women’s Champions

 

4 thoughts on “Fairways and Forehands 2013 Top 30 WTA and LPGA Year In Review: #3 Li Na and Stacy Lewis

  1. I am not a big tennis fan sense the ladies have become yellers and grunters this young lady is my favorite.
    Stacy of course is my fav golfer as she is from Arkansas U. Go hogs.
    Keep up the good work BKB.

    • Thanks…I think Li Na is my favorite at the moment…but it kinda depends on what day you catch me. Since Kim Clijsters retired, my top faves are Li Na, Maria Sharapova, Petra Kvitova, Ana Ivanovic and a few others…but maybe more often than not when they are matched against each other, I usually root a slight bit more for Li Na. Petra is a close second, though 🙂

  2. BKB I have kept this in my needtokeep mail folder this a.m I am looking at it again.
    I think this is one of your best mainly for the two featured ladies. I hope I never lose it. I mean this thanks for all you do.
    It’s a good thing that good work is it’s own reward because I don’t feel people fully appreciate your total effort.
    God’s richest blessing to you and yours.
    NTB

    • Thank you so much! Your kind words are greatly appreciated. I just wish more people would allow themselves to follow the great ladies of the LPGA and WTA…they are truly amazing athletes and do so much off the course and court. 🙂

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