So who won the most points for their team during the inaugural International Crown?
Inbee Park and So Yeon Ryu combined for 2 wins and each won a singles match, so together they accounted for 8 of Team Korea's 10 points. Their only loss came to Sweden's Vikings on day 2.
Speaking of the Vikings, Anna Nordqvist got 3 wins and a halve, all of them coming with partner Caroline Hedwall except for her final individual victory against Japan's Mamiko Higa. Hedwall had a tougher row to hoe, losing to Park today. So together they contributed 7 of Team Sweden's 11 points. Kudos, too, to Pernilla Lindberg for getting hot, contributing to a team win and getting a huge individual win against Ariya Jutanugarn, a much-higher-ranked young star who just had a bad week. She's the reason they came in 2nd.
The champions from Spain had the most balanced team. Azahara Munoz and Carlota Ciganda contributed 2 wins in team play and 1 individual win each. Beatriz Recari and Belen Mozo halved their match on Thursday, but won as a team on Saturday and as individuals on Sunday. The team's only losses came to Team USA on Friday.
Pornanong Phatlum was responsible for 6 of Team Thailand's 9 points, 2 wins coming in team matches and 1 individually against In-Kyung Kim. (Kim, by the way, actually played great this week, but didn't get the points to show for it.)
Sakura Yokomine and Ai Miyazato were great as a team, winning twice and halving once to account for 5 of Team Japan's 8 pool points. But they couldn't get it done against great competitors, Ryu against Yokomine and Munoz against Ai-sama (although if things had gone differently in the Ryu-Yokomine match on 17, the Munoz-Miyazato match would have mattered a lot more and might have ended up differently). Let's also give Mika Miyazato a lot of credit. She got Japan's only individual win and combined with Mamiko Higa for a win and a halve. But she was definitely overshadowed by all the fireworks and drama Sakura and Ai-sama brought to their matches.
So while Nordqvist was the top points-getter, and Park and Ryu were the heart and soul of Team Korea, I'd say that Ciganda was the MVP of the International Crown and Mozo was the Cinderella.
What awards would you give out?
[Update 1 (7/28/14, 11:14 am): Here's bangkokbobby's take!]