Like 2013, this year I will do a countdown of the top money list leaders from both the WTA and LPGA. Last year I did the top 30, but this year I will do the top 25. Note that as of this post, the retired Li Na has been removed from the WTA website money list rankings, but I will include her here. Thus, some WTA players will be off by one position on my list compared to the WTA website list. Also, Hyo Joo Kim is not on my LPGA list due to not being a member this year. I’m certain she will be on the list in the future. For the WTA, singles, doubles and mixed are combined for this top 25. Number 25 on this money list for each tour are Sabine Lisicki (WTA) and Amy Yang (LPGA).
SABINE LISICKI (Germany)
2014 Official WTA Prize Money: $1,034,396
Best Results: WINNER Prudential Hong Kong Open, WINNER (doubles w/Martina Hingis) Sony Open (Miami), QF Wimbledon
Like many years for Sabine Lisicki, there were ups and downs this season. She won two events in 2014, a singles title in Hong Kong and a doubles title in Miami with Martina Hingis, who was coaching her at the time. However, injuries and illness undermined her yet again. If it wasn’t a shoulder injury it was the flu or some other malady. It seemed the pairing with Hingis had potential, but they parted ways fairly early into what could have been a successful coach-player relationship. But again, I don’t want to take away from a pretty decent year. Any year where you win two titles and make over a million dollars in prize money (not to mention her popularity off court with the public and sponsors) is terrific. She continued to play well at Wimbledon, reaching the quarterfinals. And for good measure, she recorded the fastest serve ever for a female player at 131 mph. Kudos to Ana Ivanovic for getting her racquet on it and trying to put it back in play.
AMY YANG (South Korea)
2014 Official LPGA Prize Money: $618,180
Best Results: T2 JTBC Founders Cup, 4th US Women’s Open, 10th Kraft Nabisco Championship, 5th Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship
Late in 2013, Amy Yang finally broke through for her first LPGA victory. She did it in front of her home country fans at the LPGA KEB-HanaBank Championship. She had bright moments in 2014 with a runner up at Founders Cup and a couple of top 10s at Majors, including the US Women’s Open. However, I definitely will have my eye on Amy at the beginning of 2015. She is super talented, but she’s been trending backwards the last few years. In the last 4 years she’s gone from 9th to 13th to 18th to now 25th on the money list. After being in the top 13 at worst in scoring for 4 straight years, 2014 saw her have her worst scoring average (71.60) since 2009, falling to 37th. This is all relative, of course. She still finished in the top 25 on the money list. She still had opportunities to win. She just wasn’t as consistent from week to week. I remain convinced that she has the talent to win a Major and it would not at all surprise me to see her capture her 2nd LPGA win in 2015.
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