One of the first tournaments of the 2023 season, Adelaide International is set to return in 2nd week of January. With multiple top 10 players in attendance, the event was headline the 2023 season, acting as a warm-up for the Australian Open set and ending just 2 days before the Grand Slam. The second event, Adelaide 2 is definitely shaping up to be the main spectacle of Adelaide International. Keep reading to learn more about one of the first big tournaments of 2023.
WTA Adelaide International 2 Tennis Tournament
The Adelaide International is an annual hard-court outdoor tennis tournament held in the city of Adelaide, Australia. The tournament has been split into 2 events, Adelaide 1 and Adelaide 2 held one after another over 2 weeks’ time. The Adelaide International is part of the ATP and WTA Tours with both sessions held simultaneously at the Memorial Drive Tennis Centre.
Adelaide 2 is of the ATP 250 and WTA 500 tour category, with 2023 marking the 4th WTA and 3rd ATP Adelaide International edition. The week 2 event has also been upgraded to the same tier as Adelaide 1 for this year as it was a WTA 250 event last year. The main sponsors for the event are the Government of South Australia and Adelaide South Australia.
|Venue||Memorial Drive Tennis Centre|
|Tour category||WTA 500|
|Draw||32 S, 16 D|
Adelaide International 2 Results
After both semi-finals of the Adelaide International 2 walkover, Belinda Bencic and Daria Kasatkina faced each other in the final. In the Singles final, Canadian star Belinda defeated Russian Daria Kasatkina in finals in straight sets (6-0,6-2). She has now won 7 singles and two doubles titles on the WTA Tour.
In the doubles championship, week 1 star Taylor Townsend won the Adelaide International week 2 doubles title with partner Luisa Stefani. The winning pair faced Elena Rybakina and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the final and defeated them 7-5, 7-6.
Adelaide International History and Previous Winners
The Adelaide International tournament was first established in 2020. There had been no event at Adelaide from both tours that led up to the Grand Slam since 2009. But after the tour was streamlined and condensed in 2019, a vacancy was created that Adelaide could fulfill. Thus, in 2019, the South Australian Government announced plans to construct a new large-scale tennis center and secured a deal with Tennis Australia.
Soon after the facility’s construction, the inaugural edition of the Adelaide International was held. The tournament began as an ATP 250 and WTA 250 event but with one single session. In 2021, the tournament became a WTA-only event and was held after the Australian Open. Then, in 2022, as a response to the multiple events that were canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Adelaide International was split into 2 events, with the first upgrade to a WTA 500 event.
Adelaide International 2 Winners
The Adelaide International has only had 3 editions with the singles champions always being very highly ranked players. Ashleigh Barty, former world no. 1 and retired player, became home champion at the inaugural 2020 edition. Followed by Iga Swiatek who is the current no. 1. At Adelaide 2, Madison Keys had clinched victory but this year, the competition is bound to be much more competitive.
|Year||Singles Champion||Doubles Champions|
|2023||Belinda Bencic (CAN)||Taylor Townsend / Luisa Stefani|
|2022||Madison Keys (USA)||Ashleigh Barty/Storm Sanders|
|2021||Iga Swiatek (POL)||Alexa Guarachi/Desirae Krawczyk|
|2020||Ashleigh Barty (AUS)||Nicole Melichar/Xu Yifan|
|Ashleigh Barty World No. 1 Announced Retirement From Tennis|
WTA Adelaide International 2 Prize Money and Ranking Points
The total financial commitment for Adelaide International 2 is $826,837, more than double the increase from last year’s prize money of $239, 477 the week 2 event has been upgraded this year to a WTA 500 event. To better understand the prize money distribution, please have a look at the table below.
|Stage||Singles Prize Money||Doubles Prize Money||WTA Points|
Keep in mind the distribution could be different and may be subject to change.
WTA Adelaide International 2 Players List
Adelaide 2 was the kick-start of the season and was great practice for the top players in the world before the Grand Slam as 16 of the world’s top 20 female players participated. Iga Swiatek, three-time Grand Slam champion, world no. 1, and the 2022 Player of the Year headlined the event, alongside many other Grand Slam champions who came as well. But Iga had withdrawn from the event after a hectic week of the United Cup. Elena Rybakina, the 2022 Wimbledon champion will be participating along aside 2-time Major title holder Patra Kvitova.
There were 6 players from the top 10 rankings, including world no. 2 Ons Jabeur, no. 3 Jessica Pegula, no. 4 Caroline Gracia, and the defending champion, world no. 7 Madison Keys. But the Top 3 players – Iga Swiatek, Ons Jabeur, and Jessica Pegula- have withdrawn from the event with Defending champion Madison Keys. Even the unseeded direct entrants are filled with big names in the sport, notably the 2022 Most Improved Player of the Year Beatriz Haddad Maia, Elena Rybakina, Anett Kontaveit, and more.
Many Russian players will also be present as they have been allowed to participate. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova has chosen Adelaide 2 as her stage for her return to professional play after an early season injury in 2022 led to a recovery hiatus. The complete player list is given below.
2023 WTA Adelaide International 2 Single Players Top Seeds
|2||Daria Kasatkina (Runner-up)||8|
|4||Belinda Bencic (champion)||12|
|Beatriz Haddad Maia||15|
|Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova||367 (SR)|
WTA Adelaide International 2 Draws
The tournament will have 32 singles and 16 doubles draws that will be released on the official website as the tournament progresses.
WTA Adelaide International 2 Dates
The main draw for Adelaide 2 played across 6 days from 9-14 January with a qualifying round that will most likely be played on the final days of Adelaide 1, on the 8th of January.
WTA Adelaide International 2 Schedule
The schedule for Adelaide 2 is as follows:
|Date||Singles Matches||Doubles Matches|
|9th January||Round 1||Round 1|
|10th January||Round 1 and Round 2||Round 1 and Quarter Final|
|11th January||Round 2||Quarter Final|
|12th January||Quarter Final||Semi-Final|
Keep in mind the schedule above is not official and may be subject to change.
WTA Adelaide International 2 Tickets
Tickets for the event went on pre-sale on November 9th and have been on sale since November 10th. Tickets apply for 1 day or night session except for the 1st and 8th, possibly the qualifying round and the Final. They are available for purchase on Ticketmaster starting from $20. To purchase tickets, click on the link mentioned below.
Tickets: Tickets for the event went on pre-sale on November 9th and have been on sale since November 10th. Tickets apply for 1 day or night session except on the 14th, the day of the Final. They are available for purchase on Ticketmaster starting from $20. To purchase tickets, click on the link mentioned below.
Here’s all you need to know about the 2023 Adelaide International!
- This year there will be two separate tournaments played over two weeks.
- Week 1 will commence Sunday 1 January and finals will be on Sunday 8 January
- Week 2 will commence Monday 9 January and finals will be on Saturday 14 January.
- Both tournaments will be WTA 500 and ATP 250 events
- GA Ground Passes start at just $20 for selected sessions and provide an all-access pass to the event.
- There are more activities than just tennis – with live music, a family zone, entertainment, bars, food trucks, and new premium experiences at The Drive’s new facilities.