WTA Finals Guide

Similar to the ATP Finals that are held for the men’s game, the WTA Finals is an annual event held towards the end of the year (usually in November) that showcases the top WTA singles and doubles players.

The WTA Finals is the last big WTA tournament held each year and marks the end of the WTA season.

Every year a “Race to the WTA Finals” is run by the WTA where players earn points based on their performances throughout the year with the top eight singles players and eight Doubles teams qualifying for the Finals in November.

WTA Finals

WTA Finals

Location:Fort Worth, Texas, USA
Court Surface:Indoor Hard Courts
Draw Size:8 Singles and 8 Doubles
Prize Money:$5,000,000

Where will the WTA Finals be held in 2022?

The 2022 tournament will take place in Fort Worth, Texas from the 31st of October to the 7th of November 2022.

This year’s tournament will be played in the same week as the Dow Tennis Classic in Michigan, USA, and the Rolex Paris Masters in France.

2022 WTA Finals Tickets

Single and multi session tickets for the 2022 Tournament are now for sale through Ticketmaster.com.

2022 WTA Finals Players

A total of 8 singles players and 16 doubles players (8 teams) will participate in the 2022 finals.

Below is a list of players who have qualified for the singles and doubles tournaments:

Singles

  1. Iga Swiatek
  2. Ons Jabeur
  3. TBC
  4. TBC
  5. TBC
  6. TBC
  7. TBC
  8. TBC

Doubles

  1. Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova
  2. TBC
  3. TBC
  4. TBC
  5. TBC
  6. TBC
  7. TBC
  8. TBC

Once all the singles and doubles players have been confirmed for the 2022 tournament, they will be split into two groups of four and a round-robin format will be used to decide who qualifies for the semifinals.

2022 WTA Finals Schedule

Below is the schedule for the 2022 finals in Forth Worth, Texas with the round-robin matches being played from the 31st of October to the 5th of November, the semifinals on the 6th of November, and the finals on the 7th of November.

DateSessionStart TimeMatchesRound
Monday, 31 October 2022Day15:00Doubles followed by SinglesRound robin
Monday, 31 October 2022Night19:00Singles followed by DoublesRound robin
Tuesday, 1 November 2022Day15:00Doubles followed by SinglesRound robin
Tuesday, 1 November 2022Night19:00Singles followed by DoublesRound robin
Wednesday, 2 November 2022Day 15:00Doubles followed by SinglesRound robin
Wednesday, 2 November 2022Night19:00Singles followed by DoublesRound robin
Thursday, 3 November 2022Day 15:00Doubles followed by SinglesRound robin
Thursday, 3 November 2022Night19:00Singles followed by DoublesRound robin
Friday, 4 November 2022Day 13:30Doubles followed by SinglesRound robin
Friday, 4 November 2022Night19:00Singles followed by DoublesRound robin
Saturday, 5 November 2022Day 13:30Doubles followed by SinglesRound robin
Saturday, 5 November 2022NightNB 19:00Singles followed by DoublesRound robin
Sunday, 6 November 2022Day 13:30Doubles followed by SinglesSemifinals
Sunday, 6 November 2022Night19:00Doubles followed by SinglesSemifinals
Monday, 7 November 2022Evening17:30Doubles Final followed by the Singles Final (not before 20:00)Finals

2022 WTA Finals Prize Money

The total financial commitment (including prize money) for the 2022 tournament will be $5,000,000.

How the prize money for the 2022 tournament is to be split has not been released yet but below is how it was split for the 2021 tournament.

2021 Participation Fee:

Each Singles player received $70,000, $90,000, or $110,000 participation depending on the number of round-robin matches they played e.g. if you played in two round-robin matches you received $90,000.

Similarly, each Doubles player received $30,000, $40,000, or $50,000 depending on the number of round-robin matches they played in.

2021 Round-robin Matches:

Singles Players earned $110,000 per round-robin match they won while doubles players earned $20,000 per team for each round-robin match win.

2021 Semifinal Matches:

Losing Singles semifinalists earned $30,000 in addition to the prize money they had already won from the round-robin stage.

Losing Doubles semifinalists did not receive any additional prize money to the money they won at the round-robin stage.

2021 WTA Finals:

Losing Singles finalists earned $420,000 in addition to the prize money they had already won from the round-robin stage while losing Doubles finalists earned an extra $80,000.

The Singles final winner earned $1,240,000 in addition to the prize money they had already won from the round-robin stage while the winning Doubles team earned an extra $250,000.

Minimum and Maximum Prize Money:

The minimum amount of prize money a singles player could win would be $70,000 if they only play in 1 round-robin match while the minimum for a doubles team would be $30,000.

The maximum amount of prize money a singles player could win would be $1,680,000 ($110,000 + ($110,000 x 3) + $1,240,000) if they won all three of their round-robin matches on their way to lifting the trophy.

In 2021, Garbine Muguruza won two out of her three round-robin matches before beating Anett Kontaveit in the final so she ended up collecting prize money totaling $1,570,000.

The maximum amount of prize money a doubles team could win would be $360,000 ($50,000 + ($20,000 x 3) + $250,000) if they won all three of their round-robin matches on their way to lifting the doubles trophy.

In 2021, Barbora Krejčíková and Kateřina Siniaková won all three of their round-robin matches before beating Hsieh Su-wei and Elise Mertens in the doubles final so they ended up collecting the max prize money of $360,000.

Past WTA Finals Winners (Singles)

Garbiñe Muguruza is the current WTA finals singles champion after beating Anett Kontaveit 6–3, 7–5 in the 2021 singles final.

YearWinnerRunner UpScore in Final
2021Garbine MuguruzaAnett Kontaveit6–3, 7–5
2020N/A*N/A*N/A*
2019Ashleigh BartyElina Svitolina6–4, 6–3
2018Ukraine Elina SvitolinaSloane Stephens3–6, 6–2, 6–2
2017Caroline WozniackiVenus Williams6–4, 6–4
2016Dominika CibulkováAngelique Kerber6–3, 6–4
2015Agnieszka RadwańskaPetra Kvitová6–2, 4–6, 6–3
2014Serena WilliamsSimona Halep6–3, 6–0
2013Serena WilliamsChina Li Na2–6, 6–3, 6–0
2012Serena WilliamsMaria Sharapova6–4, 6–3
2011Petra KvitováVictoria Azarenka7–5, 4–6, 6–3
2010Kim ClijstersCaroline Wozniacki6–3, 5–7, 6–3
2009Serena WilliamsVenus Williams6–2, 7–6
2008Venus WilliamsVera Zvonareva6–7, 6–0, 6–2
2007Justine HeninMaria Sharapova5–7, 7–5, 6–3
2006Justine HeninAmélie Mauresmo6–4, 6–3
2005Amélie MauresmoMary Pierce5–7, 7–6, 6–4
2004Maria SharapovaSerena Williams4–6, 6–2, 6–4
2003Kim ClijstersAmélie Mauresmo6–2, 6–0
2002Kim ClijstersSerena Williams7–5, 6–3
2001Serena WilliamsLindsay DavenportWalkover
2000Martina HingisMonica Seles6–7, 6–4, 6–4
1999Lindsay DavenportMartina Hingis6–4, 6–2
1998Martina HingisLindsay Davenport7–5, 6–4, 4–6, 6–2
1997Jana NovotnáMary Pierce7–6, 6–2, 6–3
1996Steffi GrafMartina Hingis6–3, 4–6, 6–0, 4–6, 6–0
1995Steffi GrafAnke Huber6–1, 2–6, 6–1, 4–6, 6–3
1994Gabriela SabatiniLindsay Davenport6–3, 6–2, 6–4
1993Steffi GrafArantxa Sánchez Vicario6–1, 6–4, 3–6, 6–1
1992Monica SelesMartina Navratilova7–5, 6–3, 6–1
1991Monica SelesMartina Navratilova6–4, 3–6, 7–5, 6–0
1990Monica SelesGabriela Sabatini6–4, 5–7, 3–6, 6–4, 6–2
1989Steffi GrafMartina Navratilova6–4, 7–5, 2–6, 6–2
1988Gabriela SabatiniPam Shriver7–5, 6–2, 6–2
1987Steffi GrafGabriela Sabatini4–6, 6–4, 6–0, 6–4
1986 (Nov)Martina NavratilovaSteffi Graf7–6, 6–3, 6–2
1986 (Mar)Martina NavratilovaHana Mandlíková6–2, 6–0, 3–6, 6–1
1985Martina NavratilovaHelena Suková6–3, 7–5, 6–4
1984Martina NavratilovaChris Evert6–3, 7–5, 6–1
1983Martina NavratilovaChris Evert6–2, 6–0
1982Sylvia HanikaMartina Navratilova1–6, 6–3, 6–4
1981Martina NavratilovaAndrea Jaeger6–3, 7–6
1980Tracy AustinMartina Navratilova6–2, 2–6, 6–2
1979Martina NavratilovaTracy Austin6–3, 3–6, 6–2
1978Martina NavratilovaEvonne Goolagong Cawley7–6, 6–4
1977Chris EvertSue Barker2–6, 6–1, 6–1
1976Evonne Goolagong CawleyChris Evert6–3, 5–7, 6–3
1975Chris EvertMartina Navratilova6–4, 6–2
1974Evonne Goolagong CawleyChris Evert6–3, 6–4
1973Chris EvertNancy Richey Gunter6–3, 6–3
1972Chris EvertKerry Melville7–5, 6–4

*No WTA Finals were held in 2020.

Most WTA Finals Titles (Singles)

Martina Navratilova currently holds the record for most WTA finals Singles Titles with a total of eight to her name.

WTA PlayerWTA Finals Singles Titles
Martina Navratilova8
Serena Williams5
Steffi Graf5
Chris Evert4
Kim Clijsters3
Monica Seles3
Evonne Goolagong Cawley2
Gabriela Sabatini2
Justine Henin2
Martina Hingis2
Agnieszka Radwańska1
Amélie Mauresmo1
Ashleigh Barty1
Caroline Wozniacki1
Dominika Cibulková1
Garbiñe Muguruza1
Jana Novotná1
Lindsay Davenport1
Maria Sharapova1
Petra Kvitová1
Sylvia Hanika1
Tracy Austin1
Ukraine Elina Svitolina1
Venus Williams1

FAQ

Who won the WTA Finals in 2021?

The WTA Singles Final was won by Garbiñe Muguruza in 2021 after she beat Anett Kontaveit 6–3, 7–5 in the singles final.

In the Doubles final, Barbora Krejčíková and Kateřina Siniaková beat Hsieh Su-wei and Elise Mertens 6-3, 6-4.

How many points are awarded to the winners at the WTA finals?

A player or team who wins all their round-robin matches, their semifinal match, and the final can earn a max of 1,500 points.