Fairways and Forehands 2016 WTA and LPGA Top 12 Year In Review: #10 Svetlana Kuznetsova and So Yeon Ryu

Svetlana Kuznetsova (click to enlarge)

Svetlana Kuznetsova (click to enlarge)

For the fourth annual edition of my WTA and LPGA money list countdown I will focus on the dynamic dozen from each tour, the top 12 on the money lists. For the WTA, singles, doubles and mixed are combined for total earnings. Here are the #10 players for 2016: Svetlana Kuznetsova (WTA) and So Yeon Ryu (LPGA).

SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA (WTA)

2016 Prize Money: $2,396,479

Titles: Apia International Sydney, Kremlin Cup

Once again, I want to say this is the last time I will comment on the Johanna Konta/Svetlana Kuznetsova situation at the 2016 WTA Finals…until the next time. I just want to say that my last countdown post covering Johanna Konta, wherein I was critical of the WTA, was in no way meant to be critical of Svetlana Kuznetsova. Sveta did nothing wrong. Having qualifying run last minute through the Kremlin Cup was how the tour set it up. Kuznetsova had to win the title in Moscow to get into Singapore…and she did just that. That is clutch from the 2-time Major winner in both singles and doubles. Then she hopped on a plane to rush to Singapore, where she played a couple of inspired matches through mounting exhaustion to get to the semifinal round. At 31, Sveta is still a threat to anybody in a draw, even Serena. Kuznetsova beat then-world #1 Williams en route to a runner-up finish in Miami. Add in a title at the Apia International and the 33-time WTA champion (17 singles/16 doubles) continues to add to a career that should one day earn her a spot in Newport, Rhode Island at the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

 

So Yeon Ryu (click to enlarge)

So Yeon Ryu (click to enlarge)

SO YEON RYU (LPGA)

2016 Prize Money: $1,259,485

I was not looking forward to this post. It’s because I am so fond of So Yeon Ryu. She is such a great player on the course while carrying herself with grace off the course. So Yeon holds a soft spot in my heart. But I can’t “keep it real”, as the kids say, without addressing the elephant in the room. Of the 24 players I will cover in my WTA/LPGA countdown, Ryu is only one without a title on her main tour in 2016. She is a tremendously talented player who often puts herself in positions to win…then something happens. Just this past Sunday at the CME Group Tour Championship she was tied with eventual winner Charley Hull coming down the stretch…and then found the one spot in the bunker on 17 to torpedo her chances. Make no mistake, as great as she continues to be…after all, she is still in the top 10 of the money list, Rolex Rankings, POY points, etc…if she could finish half of her winning opportunities, she would be a perennial top 3 Player of the Year contender. Top 10 in 4 of 5 LPGA Majors in 2016…and T11 in the other one…6th in scoring average…So Yeon Ryu is special. Outside of all the wonderful things that happened with Ariya Jutanugarn, one of the brightest moment for me as a fan in 2016 was seeing In-Kyung Kim return to the LPGA winner’s circle. Next year, I hope So Yeon Ryu does the same.

 

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SO YEON RYU

CME Group Tour Championship

CME Group Tour Championship

TOTO Japan Classic

TOTO Japan Classic

KEB Hana Bank Championship

KEB Hana Bank Championship

with Se Ri Pak, Minjee Lee, Hee-Young Park and Mi-Jung Hur

with Se Ri Pak, Minjee Lee, Hee-Young Park and Mi-Jung Hur

Ricoh Women's British Open

Ricoh Women’s British Open

UL International Crown

UL International Crown

hugging Sei-Young Kim

hugging Sei-Young Kim

Meijer LPGA Classic

Meijer LPGA Classic

LPGA Volvik Championship

LPGA Volvik Championship

Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic

Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic

Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic

Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic

HSBC Women Champions

HSBC Women Champions

 

SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA

Kremlin Cup

Kremlin Cup

Wuhan

US Open

US Open

Olympics

Olympics

Rogers Cup

Rogers Cup

Wimbledon

Wimbledon

Roland Garros

Roland Garros

Miami with Victoria Azarenka

Miami with Victoria Azarenka

Sydney with Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario and Monica Puig

Sydney with Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario and Monica Puig

 

2 thoughts on “Fairways and Forehands 2016 WTA and LPGA Top 12 Year In Review: #10 Svetlana Kuznetsova and So Yeon Ryu

  1. I am a huge So Yeon Ryu fan. not only is she one incredibly beautiful young lady. She has tremendous talent. The one thing that I took from that infamous 17th mishap at the CME championship on that last day was that she did not lose her cool or her concentration. She hit the shot with confidence and saved a much worst disaster. In previous years I think she would have tried another approach and lost everything. I am super proud of the way she played. So Yeon has matured a lot this year.and she deserves our total respect for what she has done. Like you stated, I hope that So Yeon comes out of her mini slump and has a super 2017. Im just saying this as a compliment to So Yeon Ryu and not to disagree with anything that has been said in your assessment. And like I said I am a huge fan of Miss Ryu.

    • So Yeon has the potential to be the biggest star on the LPGA. It just seems like everybody loves her. If she were 2017 Player of the Year, it would be a boon for the tour.

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