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 24 on this money list for each tour are Samantha Stosur (WTA) and Lizette Salas (LPGA).
SAMANTHA STOSUR (Australia)
2014 Official WTA Prize Money: $1,055,960
Best Results: WINNER HP Open, WINNER (mixed doubles w/Nenad Zimonjic) Wimbledon, SF China Open, SF Connecticut Open
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From a distance, it might appear Samantha Stosur had a down year. Clearly, she didn’t perform as she would have liked in singles at the Majors. Then again, consider that she ran into Ana Ivanovic in Melbourne and eventual champion Maria Sharapova at Roland Garros. Samantha still reached the winner’s circle in 2014, capturing her 3rd HP Open (Osaka) and 2nd in a row. It’s tough enough to win a tournament on the WTA, let alone successfully defend a title. Stosur did it. Not only that, she won her 3rd Major title in mixed doubles. Samantha teamed with Nenad Zimonjic to win Wimbledon. It’s her second Wimbledon mixed doubles titles. She also has 2 Majors in regular doubles. Before she focused on her singles play, Samantha was an ace doubles player, ranked #1 for a total of 61 weeks. Even if her singles play might be slipping a little as she passes 30, she could still be a doubles force if she chose to go back to focusing on it. I doubt she will do that, but maybe she could consider splitting more of her time between singles and doubles.
LIZETTE SALAS (United States)
2014 Official LPGA Prize Money: $669,106
Best Results: WINNER Kingsmill Championship, 2nd Kia Classic, T3 Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA, T9 Portland Classic, T12 CME Group Tour Championship
There were a lot of great wins that I cheered for this season…and every season for that matter. Few equaled the cheers I let loose when Lizette Salas won her first LPGA title at the 2014 Kingsmill Championship. I love her background story, where she comes from and what she represents. In fact, the only thing that bothers me as a Notre Dame fan is that she’s a USC alum, one of the Women of Troy! LOL! But for her…I’ll let that slide. But seriously, her win at Kingsmill was a wonderful moment and as a fan, one of the highlights of the year. After a sensational 2013, overall she did come a little back down to earth in 2014. Her top 10s were down and her scoring average rose. But that win…at the end of the day, it’s winning that counts. I’m so happy she earned her first win. I don’t think it will be long before she notches her second. So just for this Woman of Troy, this Notre Dame fan will give a one time only: FIGHT ON!
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