The WTA Finals is one of the most competitive and highly anticipated tournaments at the end of each year. The 2022 edition is right around the corner so let’s get you up to speed on everything you need to know about the Forth Worth Finals.
WTA Finals Fort Worth Tennis Tournament
The WTA Finals is a season-ending annual hardcourt tournament. It is one-of-a-kind with its very own Tour Level featuring only the top players from around the world. This year WTA Finals marked the event’s 51st edition and held at the Dickies Arena in the US.
|Location||Fort Worth, United States|
|Tour category||WTA Finals|
|Draw||8 Singles, 8 Doubles|
WTA Finals History
The WTA Finals were first held in Virginia, the US as the Virginia Slims Championships in 1972. Since then the tournament was held annually around the world except for in 1995, 2004, and 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Tour’s controversial decision to hold the event in Forth Worth instead of the decided-upon location of Shenzhen, China came as a response to safety concerns for tennis player Peng Shuai. After she accused a high-ranking member of the Chinese Communist Party of sexual assault, the Tour announced that all events planned in Hong Kong and China would be suspended for the year. The Finals will return to China next year.
Some notable champions of the WTA Finals include Martina Navratilova who holds the record for most wins in both the singles and doubles categories- 8 and 13 respectively. The current reigning champion- Garbine Muguruza, and runner-up Anett Kontaviet are both not returning this year.
WTA FINALS FORT WORTH 2022 Champions
In singles championship of WTA FINALS, French star Caroline Garcia played final against Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus. She defeated Aryna in straight sets (7-6, 6-4). She had incredible 6 months in which she won Bad Homburg, Warsaw , Cincinnati and WTA Finals Fort Worth.
In doubles championship, Elise Mertens of Germany and Veronika Kudermetova of Russia grabbed victory against defending champion Czech Republican pair Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova. Winning pair won final match in tie breaker (6-2, 4-6, 11,9).
WTA Finals Prize Money and Points
Similar to the 2021 version, this year the prize money is also $5,000,000. All the data listed below has been directly extracted from the 2021 WTA Guadalajara Finals. There are no projected changes but the information mentioned below may still be subject to change.
|Champion||RR + 750|
|Finalist||RR + 330|
|RR Win per match||250|
|Round Robin (RR) loss per match||125|
The points for the champion and finalist are not the accumulated points, but the points earned exclusively at that stage. They are additive to the points earned before. For example, an undefeated champion can win 1,500 points, 750 from the 3 Round Robin wins, 330 for being a finalist, and finally another 420 for winning the tournament. Reaching the semi finals doesn’t net you any more points.
|Round 3 wins||$440,000||$110,000|
|Round 2 wins||$330,000||$90,000|
|Round 1 win||$220,000||$70,000|
As for the points, the prize money for the singles champion, finalist, and semi-finalist is additive to the prize money earned in the Round Robin stage. For example, an undefeated champion would win $440,000 from the 3 Round Robin wins, $420,000 for being a finalist, and a further $820,000 for winning the championship, totaling $1,680,000. Unlike the points, reaching the semi-finals will earn you an additional $30k.
WTA Finals Draws
The event will have 8 singles and 8 doubles draws that will be released as the event progresses.
WTA Finals Dates
The tournament will be held from October 31st to November 7th. On the first 6 days of the event, from the 31st to the 5th, Round Robin matches will be conducted. A guide to Round Robin matches.
WTA Finals Schedule and Format
|Dates||Singles Matches||Doubles Matches|
|31st October||Round Robin (2)||Round Robin (2)|
|1st November||Round Robin (2)||Round Robin (2)|
|2nd November||Round Robin (2)||Round Robin (2)|
|3rd November||Round Robin (2)||Round Robin (2)|
|4th November||Round Robin (2)||Round Robin (2)|
|5th November||Round Robin (2)||Round Robin (2)|
|6th November||Semi Finals||Semi Finals|
For first-time viewers the absence of the 1st and 2nd rounds can be rather challenging to understand. As there are only 8 players and 8 teams, conventional tournament progression would result in a very quick event, instead, a Round Robin is held with 2 matches every day. The Round Robin works off the basis of 2 equal groups, so for the Finals, the 8 players/teams are divided into groups of 4 players/teams each. All parties in a group compete against each other, ie:
Player no.1 will go up against players no.2,3, and 4 from Group A. Group B will hold their matches and the top players from both groups will advance to the semi-finals. The teams are placed based on the greatest number of wins and the first-placed player/team will compete with the second-placed player/team from the other group and vice versa. In this way, the final can be played by people from the same or different groups.
WTA Finals Players List
Only top players participate in the WTA Finals and are qualified based on their ranking up to right before the tournament. ITF and WTA125 tournaments are excluded from the ranking points. Other top-ranking players like Paula Badosa and Annet Kontaviet will not be attending due to illness and injury respectively. As of October 22nd, the qualified players’ list is as follows.
|Singles Players List||Doubles Players List|
|Iga Swiatek||Barbora Krejčíková / Kateřina Siniaková|
|Ons Jabeur||Gabriela Dabrowski / Giuliana Olmos|
|Jessica Pegula||Coco Gauff / Jessica Pegula|
|Coco Gauff||Veronika Kudermetova / Elise Mertens (champion 2022)|
|Caroline Garcia (champion 2022)||Lyudmyla Kichenok / Jeļena Ostapenko|
|Aryna Sabalenka||Xu Yifan / Yang Zhaoxuan|
|Daria Kasatkina||Desirae Krawczyk / Demi Schuurs|
|Maria Sakkari||Beatriz Haddad Maia / Anna Danilina|
WTA Finals Tickets
Tickets for the Finals can be purchased from Ticketmaster. A link to the WTA Finals page has been added below.
WTA Finals Ticketmaster: WTA Finals Tickets
For the first 4 days of the event, the matches will be conducted over one session per day but for the rest of the event, excluding the finale, there will be 2 sessions per day, requiring one ticket each.