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.
|Location:||Fort Worth, Texas, USA|
|Court Surface:||Indoor Hard Courts|
|Draw Size:||8 Singles and 8 Doubles|
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.
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:
- Iga Swiatek
- Ons Jabeur
- Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova
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.
|Monday, 31 October 2022||Day||15:00||Doubles followed by Singles||Round robin|
|Monday, 31 October 2022||Night||19:00||Singles followed by Doubles||Round robin|
|Tuesday, 1 November 2022||Day||15:00||Doubles followed by Singles||Round robin|
|Tuesday, 1 November 2022||Night||19:00||Singles followed by Doubles||Round robin|
|Wednesday, 2 November 2022||Day||15:00||Doubles followed by Singles||Round robin|
|Wednesday, 2 November 2022||Night||19:00||Singles followed by Doubles||Round robin|
|Thursday, 3 November 2022||Day||15:00||Doubles followed by Singles||Round robin|
|Thursday, 3 November 2022||Night||19:00||Singles followed by Doubles||Round robin|
|Friday, 4 November 2022||Day||13:30||Doubles followed by Singles||Round robin|
|Friday, 4 November 2022||Night||19:00||Singles followed by Doubles||Round robin|
|Saturday, 5 November 2022||Day||13:30||Doubles followed by Singles||Round robin|
|Saturday, 5 November 2022||Night||NB 19:00||Singles followed by Doubles||Round robin|
|Sunday, 6 November 2022||Day||13:30||Doubles followed by Singles||Semifinals|
|Sunday, 6 November 2022||Night||19:00||Doubles followed by Singles||Semifinals|
|Monday, 7 November 2022||Evening||17:30||Doubles 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.
|Year||Winner||Runner Up||Score in Final|
|2021||Garbine Muguruza||Anett Kontaveit||6–3, 7–5|
|2019||Ashleigh Barty||Elina Svitolina||6–4, 6–3|
|2018||Ukraine Elina Svitolina||Sloane Stephens||3–6, 6–2, 6–2|
|2017||Caroline Wozniacki||Venus Williams||6–4, 6–4|
|2016||Dominika Cibulková||Angelique Kerber||6–3, 6–4|
|2015||Agnieszka Radwańska||Petra Kvitová||6–2, 4–6, 6–3|
|2014||Serena Williams||Simona Halep||6–3, 6–0|
|2013||Serena Williams||China Li Na||2–6, 6–3, 6–0|
|2012||Serena Williams||Maria Sharapova||6–4, 6–3|
|2011||Petra Kvitová||Victoria Azarenka||7–5, 4–6, 6–3|
|2010||Kim Clijsters||Caroline Wozniacki||6–3, 5–7, 6–3|
|2009||Serena Williams||Venus Williams||6–2, 7–6|
|2008||Venus Williams||Vera Zvonareva||6–7, 6–0, 6–2|
|2007||Justine Henin||Maria Sharapova||5–7, 7–5, 6–3|
|2006||Justine Henin||Amélie Mauresmo||6–4, 6–3|
|2005||Amélie Mauresmo||Mary Pierce||5–7, 7–6, 6–4|
|2004||Maria Sharapova||Serena Williams||4–6, 6–2, 6–4|
|2003||Kim Clijsters||Amélie Mauresmo||6–2, 6–0|
|2002||Kim Clijsters||Serena Williams||7–5, 6–3|
|2001||Serena Williams||Lindsay Davenport||Walkover|
|2000||Martina Hingis||Monica Seles||6–7, 6–4, 6–4|
|1999||Lindsay Davenport||Martina Hingis||6–4, 6–2|
|1998||Martina Hingis||Lindsay Davenport||7–5, 6–4, 4–6, 6–2|
|1997||Jana Novotná||Mary Pierce||7–6, 6–2, 6–3|
|1996||Steffi Graf||Martina Hingis||6–3, 4–6, 6–0, 4–6, 6–0|
|1995||Steffi Graf||Anke Huber||6–1, 2–6, 6–1, 4–6, 6–3|
|1994||Gabriela Sabatini||Lindsay Davenport||6–3, 6–2, 6–4|
|1993||Steffi Graf||Arantxa Sánchez Vicario||6–1, 6–4, 3–6, 6–1|
|1992||Monica Seles||Martina Navratilova||7–5, 6–3, 6–1|
|1991||Monica Seles||Martina Navratilova||6–4, 3–6, 7–5, 6–0|
|1990||Monica Seles||Gabriela Sabatini||6–4, 5–7, 3–6, 6–4, 6–2|
|1989||Steffi Graf||Martina Navratilova||6–4, 7–5, 2–6, 6–2|
|1988||Gabriela Sabatini||Pam Shriver||7–5, 6–2, 6–2|
|1987||Steffi Graf||Gabriela Sabatini||4–6, 6–4, 6–0, 6–4|
|1986 (Nov)||Martina Navratilova||Steffi Graf||7–6, 6–3, 6–2|
|1986 (Mar)||Martina Navratilova||Hana Mandlíková||6–2, 6–0, 3–6, 6–1|
|1985||Martina Navratilova||Helena Suková||6–3, 7–5, 6–4|
|1984||Martina Navratilova||Chris Evert||6–3, 7–5, 6–1|
|1983||Martina Navratilova||Chris Evert||6–2, 6–0|
|1982||Sylvia Hanika||Martina Navratilova||1–6, 6–3, 6–4|
|1981||Martina Navratilova||Andrea Jaeger||6–3, 7–6|
|1980||Tracy Austin||Martina Navratilova||6–2, 2–6, 6–2|
|1979||Martina Navratilova||Tracy Austin||6–3, 3–6, 6–2|
|1978||Martina Navratilova||Evonne Goolagong Cawley||7–6, 6–4|
|1977||Chris Evert||Sue Barker||2–6, 6–1, 6–1|
|1976||Evonne Goolagong Cawley||Chris Evert||6–3, 5–7, 6–3|
|1975||Chris Evert||Martina Navratilova||6–4, 6–2|
|1974||Evonne Goolagong Cawley||Chris Evert||6–3, 6–4|
|1973||Chris Evert||Nancy Richey Gunter||6–3, 6–3|
|1972||Chris Evert||Kerry Melville||7–5, 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 Player||WTA Finals Singles Titles|
|Evonne Goolagong Cawley||2|
|Ukraine Elina Svitolina||1|
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.