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 17 on this money list for each tour are Andrea Petkovic (WTA) and Brittany Lincicome (LPGA).
ANDREA PETKOVIC (Germany)
2014 Official WTA Prize Money: $1,557,721
Best Results: Singles WINNER Family Circle Cup, Nurnberger Gastein Ladies, Tournament of Champions; SF Roland Garros, Bank of the West Classic; Doubles (with Magdalena Rybarikova) SF Wimbledon; Team RUNNER-UP Fed Cup (Germany)
In 2011, Andrea Petkovic was having her best season ever. Three finals. One tournament win. A top 10 ranking. Turn the page to 2012 and everything came crashing down with injuries. A double stress fracture in her spine. Spinal disc herniation. After coming back from that she tore ligaments in her right ankle. After rehabbing and coming back from that she ended her year with a ruptured meniscus in her right knee. Oy vey! So it’s wonderful to say now in 2014, having battled back from all of those setbacks, Andrea arguably has a new best season ever. She won 3 tournaments while also reaching the semifinals at Roland Garros, her best ever finish at a Major. Not long after that she had her best ever doubles finish in a Major, reaching the semifinals at Wimbledon with Magdalena Rybarikova. And to top things off she was part of a runner-up finish at Fed Cup by Team Germany. For all the work that she has put in coming back from injury after injury, I take my hat off to Andrea. She’s a fighter. There’s no quit in her.
BRITTANY LINCICOME (United States)
2014 Official LPGA Prize Money: $790, 661
Best Results: 2nd Wegmans LPGA Championship, T2 LPGA KEB HanaBank Championship, T8 Evian Championship, T4 Lorena Ochoa Invitational, T7 Canadian Pacific Women’s Open, T10 Airbus LPGA Classic
26. That’s my favorite number from Brittany Lincicome’s season. That’s the number of tournaments she played this year, her highest amount ever. I don’t know if it’s true or not, but sometimes it seems like Brittany is just as happy fishing or playing recreational tennis as she is playing professional golf. And that’s a good thing. Golf isn’t everything. A player should embrace balance in their life. But…she is just so talented and capable of so much, as she showed in her breakout 2011 season. She had won before that season. In fact, she won a Major in 2009. However, 2011 saw her win more than once for the only time in her career. She had career best money list and scoring average rankings, finishing 6th and 9th respectively. It looked like she had put it all together. Then she slipped back a bit. Not terribly, mind you. 23rd and 32nd on the money list in 2012 and 2013 aren’t bad at all. I just think she’s much better than that, talent-wise. There was some talk about her level of desire. So it was great to see her play her highest total of events in 2014, even if it’s only by a few tournaments. It’s also great to see her back in the top 20 on the money list and have her best scoring average since 2011. I hope she maintains this over the next several seasons. I root for Bam Bam. I like her background and her story. If she wants it, she has the game to capture another Major title. She almost did it in 2014, finishing 2nd (in a playoff) at the Wegmans LPGA Championship and holding the 36-hole lead at Evian.
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