WTA Finals 2019: All you need to know

The 2019 WTA Finals is the premier season-ending tournament of the WTA circuit and Sportstar brings to you the tournament format, schedule and more.

The 2019 WTA finals will be held at the Shenzhen Bay Sports Centre in China.   -  Getty Images

The 2019 WTA Finals will begin in Shenzhen, China, on Sunday (October 27). Australian star Ashleigh Barty is the top seed at the year-ending women's competition. She had qualified for the premier event in China immediately after the US Open.

The other players who have qualified include Karolina Pliskova, Simona Halep, Bianca Andreescu, Naomi Osaka, Petra Kvitova, Elina Svitolina and Belinda Bencic.

PlayerQualification dateTitles in 2019Points
Ashleigh Barty9 September

3

6476 [1]
Karolina Pliskova15 September

4

5315 [2]
Simona Halep2 October

1

4962 [4]
Bianca Andreescu2 October

3

4942 [5]
Naomi Osaka4 October

3

5246 [3]
Petra Kvitova7 October

2

4401 [6]
Elina Svitolina14 October

0

3995 [8]
Belinda Bencic19 October

2

4120 [7]

 

The eight players involved have been divided equally into two groups (Red and Purple) based on their seedings.

- THE GROUPS -

Red Group:

[1] Ashleigh Barty
[3] Naomi Osaka
[6] Petra Kvitova
[7] Belinda Bencic

Purple Group:

[2] Karolina Pliskova
[4] Bianca Andreescu
[5] Simona Halep
[8] Elina Svitolina

- THE FORMAT -

The current format of the WTA finals includes a round-robin stage, two semifinals and a final. The top two players from each group during the round-robin stage will advance to the last-four stage. The first-placed player in one group meets the second-placed player in the other group, and vice versa.

In case of two players being tied on the same points after the group stage the tie-breaking methods would be as follows,

(i) Most number of wins.

(ii) Head-to-head results.

If three players are tied then,

(i) Highest percentage of sets won.

(ii) Highest percentage of games won.

- THE VENUE -

The WTA Finals will be held in China (Shenzhen) for the first time ever since its inauguration in 1972. The Shenzhen Bay Sports Centre will host the tournament for the next 10 years (2019-2028). The tournament previously took place at the Singapore Indoor Stadium (2014-2018).

- THE SCHEDULE -

(The schedule will be updated on a daily basis)

27 October

(3) Naomi Osaka (Japan) vs. (6) Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic)

(1) Ashleigh Barty (Australia) vs. (7) Belinda Bencic (Switzerland)

28 October

(2) Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic) vs. (8) Elina Svitolina (Ukraine)

(4) Bianca Andreescu (Canada) vs. (5) Simona Halep (Romania)

- PRIZE MONEY AND POINTS -

The total prize money for the WTA Finals 2019 is US$14,000,000.

Participation Fee - $385,000.

Round-robin loss - 125 points.

Round-robin (RR) win - $305,000 + 250 points.

Runner-up - $1,100,000 + Money made during the RR and 330 + Points accumulated until the semis.

Winner - $3,425,000 + Money made during the RR and 750 + Points accumulated until the semis.

- PAST WINNERS -

1972: Chris Evert.

1973: Chris Evert (2).

1974: Evonne Goolagong Cawley.

1975: Chris Evert (3).

1976: Evonne Goolagong Cawley (2).

1977: Chris Evert (4).

1978: Martina Navratilova.

1979: Martina Navratilova (2).

1980: Tracy Austin.

1981: Martina Navratilova (3).

1982: Sylvia Hanika.

1983: Martina Navratilova (4).

1984: Martina Navratilova (5).

1985: Martina Navratilova (6).

1986 (March): Martina Navratilova (7).

1986 (November): Martina Navratilova (8).

1987: Steffi Graf.

1988: Gabriela Sabatini.

1989: Steffi Graf (2).

1990: Monica Seles.

1991: Monica Seles (2).

1992: Monica Seles (3).

1993: Steffi Graf (3).

1994: Gabriela Sabatini (2).

1995: Steffi Graf (4).

1996: Steffi Graf (5).

1997: Jana Novotna.

1998: Martina Hingis.

1999: Linsday Davenport.

2000: Martina Hingis (2).

2001: Serena Williams.

2002: Kim Clijsters.

2003: Kim Clijsters (2).

2004: Maria Sharapova.

2005: Amelie Mauresmo.

2006: Justine Henin.

2007: Justine Henin (2).

2008: Venus Williams.

2009: Serena Williams (2).

2011: Petra Kvitova.

2012: Serena Williams (3).

2013: Serena Williams (4).

2014: Serena Williams (5).

2015: Agnieszka Radwanska.

2016: Dominika Cibulkova.

2017: Caroline Wozniacki.

2018: Elina Svitolina.