With more twists and turns than an episode of Scandal, the WTA tour’s 2014 season was nothing less than fascinating. From the resurgence of faded champions to the emergence of new stars, this year’s WTA tour had something for everyone. Here are my favorite stories of 2014.
1. Fierce Caroline
After spending the past three years as a part of Wozzilroy and contemplating family life and early retirement, Caroline Wozniacki found herself on the end of a public and abrupt breakup with Rory McIlroy on the eve of the French Open. Yet, seven months later, McIlroy’s name hardly comes up when discussing Wozniacki’s year, which is a testament to the savvy way the Dane has rebuilt her game and her life. Though often considered too “nice” to win the big titles, Wozniacki’s upbeat disposition served her well in 2014. To refocus herself, and, perhaps, the press from the cancelled nuptials, Wozniacki committed to run the 2014 New York City Marathon in support of Team for Kids, and ran it in an impressive 3:26:33, despite having never run more than 13 miles in training. She also turned a corner on the court, playing tough matches against “bestie” Serena Williams, and out-gritting Maria Sharapova, of all people, at the US Open during her run to the final. And, she even managed to become part of a more high profile sports couple along the way.