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 16 on this money list for each tour are Lucie Safarova (WTA) and Jessica Korda (LPGA).
JESSICA KORDA (United States)
2014 Official LPGA Prize Money: $817,885
Best Results: WINNER Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic, Airbus LPGA Classic; T5 Ricoh Women Open, T3 Blue Bay LPGA, T4 Mizuno Classic, T7 JTBC Founders Cup
Jessica Korda keeps getting better and better. 2014 saw Jessica win two LPGA tournaments in one season for the first time in her career. She matched her high in top 10 finishes while having her best money list performance. She also recorded her highest result in a Major, 5th at the Women’s British Open. Yet, I don’t often hear her name mentioned among the top players as much as I think she deserves. Maybe it’s because she has a few off weeks here and there. But she knows how to lock in when she’s in the hunt. The fact that her scoring average was outside the top 30 but her money list placement was almost better by half that illustrates that week to week she might not always contend, but let her be close to winning and she can finish for the big money. Also, keep in mind that she’s still only 21 years old. If her game continues to mature and improve…and I believe it will…it won’t be long before Jessica’s name is often mentioned with the ladies at the very top of the LPGA tour. And…as a lifelong tennis fan, her being Petr Korda’s daughter makes her okay in my book! LOL 🙂
LUCIE SAFAROVA (Czech Republic)
2014 Official WTA Prize Money: $1,644,057
Best Results: Singles SF Wimbledon, Kremlin Cup; QF Apia International Sydney, Family Circle Cup, Toray Pan Pacific Open; R16 Roland Garros, US Open; Doubles (with Timea Babos)WINNER Apia International Sydney; Team WINNER Fed Cup (Team Czech Republic)
Social Media: Facebook
Lucie Safarova had a stellar year. Okay, she didn’t win a tournament in singles. However, she did team up with Timea Babos to not only win in Sydney, but take down Doubles Team of the Year Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci in the final. More than that, moving back to singles, she either matched or exceeded her career best finish at every Major. The standout was a run to the semifinals at Wimbledon. Although she slid back a bit at the end of the year, she was ranked as high as 15th in singles this year, yet another career best. She topped off her season with a Fed Cup championship as part of Team Czech Republic. 2015 will be a crucial year for Lucie. Can she build on what she did this year? She’ll be 28 in February. She should be playing her best tennis now and she is. The question is when will that physical window close. Players are excelling longer than they have in the past in singles, but those prime years of 26 through 29 can’t be wasted. I hope she does even better next season than she did this season…and this one was pretty darn good.
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