WTA Finals Guide

Similar to the ATP Finals that is 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 WTA Finals in November.

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WTA Finals Guide

Where will the WTA Finals be held in 2022?

The WTA Finals are due to take place in Shenzhen Bay Sports Center in Shenzhen, China in November 2022.

However, there is some doubt as to whether the tournament will be held in China in 2022 as the WTA has announced that tournaments scheduled to be held in China and Hong Kong in 2022 are to be suspended.

A new venue for the finals has yet to be announced by the WTA.

2022 WTA Finals Prize Money

The prize money for the 2022 tournament has not been announced yet but below is the prize money that was awarded in 2021.

The total prize money for the 2021 tournament was $5,000,000. and it was split as follows:

Participation Fee:

Each Singles player received $70,000, $90,000, or $110,000 depending on the number of round-robin matches they played.

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

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.

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.

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 $110,000 if they lost all three of their round-robin matches while the minimum for a doubles team would be $50,000.

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

In 2021, Garbiñe 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 + ($20,000×3) + $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.

2022 WTA Finals Schedule (subject to change)

DateSessionStart TimeMatchesRound
Wednesday 9 November 2022Day14:00Singles followed by DoublesRound robin
Wednesday 9 November 2022Night19:00Singles followed by DoublesRound robin
Thursday 10 November 2022Day14:00Singles followed by DoublesRound robin
Thursday 10 November 2022Night19:30Singles followed by DoublesRound robin
Friday 11 November 2022Day 14:00 Singles followed by DoublesRound robin
Friday 11 November 2022Night19:30Singles followed by DoublesRound robin
Saturday 12 November 2022Day 14:00 Singles followed by DoublesRound robin
Saturday 12 November 2022Night19:30Singles followed by DoublesRound robin
Sunday 13 November 2022Day 14:00 Singles followed by DoublesRound robin
Sunday 13 November 2022Night19:30Singles followed by DoublesRound robin
Monday 14 November 2022Day 14:00 Singles followed by DoublesRound robin
Monday 14 November 2022Night19:30Singles followed by DoublesRound robin
Tuesday 15 November 2022Day 14:00 Singles followed by DoublesSemifinals
Tuesday 15 November 2022Night19:30Singles followed by DoublesSemifinals
Wednesday 16 November 2022Evening17:00Doubles Final followed by the Singles Final (not before 19:30)Finals

Tickets for the 2022 WTA Finals

Tickets for the 2022 WTA Finals are not yet available. More information on tickets will be available closer to the start of the tournament.

WTA Finals Winners (Singles)

YearWinnerRunner UpScore in Final
2021Garbiñe 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)

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

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

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.