The tournament will not only close out a very long season, but will also determine the qualification battle for first place in the year-end rankings. Aryna Sabalenka and Iga Swiatek will compete for the leadership position.
Everything you need to know about the 2023 WTAs
Eight singles players and eight doubles teams compete for one week in the year-end WTA Finals tournament. in cancun best players of the year They came up with the so-called WTA Finals Race, which calculates the ranking points earned in the current season. It is played outdoors on hard courts, with two matches a day. The semi-finals will be played on Saturday, November 4, and the finals will be played the next day.
The format is one of the unique features of this competition. The players were divided into two two groups of four and each challenges three opponents: the top two places in each group advance to the semi-finals. Last year, the tournament played in Fort Worth was won by Caroline Garcia, the number 6 seed. then number 7 Aryna Sabalenka with the score 7-6, 6-4.
The total prize pool for the WTA Finals in Cancun is 9 million dollars, with players receiving 125 points for each match played, 125 points for each win in the group stage, 330 points for a possible victory in the semi-finals and 420 points in case of a victory in the Final. $198,000 expected as participation prizeAn additional $198,000 is awarded for each round-robin win. The cost of reaching the semi-finals is $54,000, while access to the final allows you to reach $756,000. Finally, the prize to be given to the winner is 1,476,000 dollars.
Eight players qualified
Once you understand how the tournament works, let us now present it to you 8 seeded players who will participate in the event. Some of them are now very successful tennis players, some are real surprises.
No.1 Aryna Sabalenka
As the 2023 Australian Open champion, 2023 has been a season to remember so far for Sabalenka. In addition to his success at the Australian Slam, the Belarusian tennis player also managed to reach the semi-finals less than the other three slams. His record is 54 wins and 12 defeats A trend that has seen him rise to No. 1 in the rankings since January, thanks to his win in the US Open final. A strong, versatile tennis player who can sustain rallies for long periods of time, Sabalenka appears to be at the peak of her tennis maturity. Don’t force yourself to win or break matches. But it also has the ability to prolong changes.
No.2 Iga Swiatek
Swiatek comes to Cancun as the 2023 Roland Garros champion, reaching 60 wins for the second consecutive season. lost its number 1 position He’s out of the rankings after a reign of 75 consecutive weeks, but despite the numbers, he remains the most complete tennis player on the circuit. He has won five titles this season and will be seeking his seventeenth singles trophy in Cancun.
No.3 Coco Gauff
Victory over Sabalenka at the US Open put the icing on the cake of the best season ever. This season has been the best yet for the nineteen-year-old from Atlanta. He had 49 wins and 14 losses on the season and went on a streak of 16 consecutive wins, winning the Cincinnati Open and the US Open consecutively and reaching the semifinals of the China Open. In short, Gauff arrives in Cancun in great shape and he is the youngest participant of these Finals. His ability to be quick, agile and lead his opponents into mistakes has become even more evident this season.
No.4 Elena Rybakina
One of the most aggressive tennis players on the circuit, she put it all together as she reached the final of the Australian Open this year 78% win rateHe won the Indian Wells and Rome tournaments. The last part of the season was quiet, but he still made it to the Finals.
No.5 Jessica Pegula
Pegula, 29, comes to Cancun having recorded his best season yet, like most of the other participants. American tennis player exceeds fifty in a calendar year for the first time in his career can disturb anyone Thanks above all to the increasingly lethal service.
No.6 Ounce Jabeur
Perhaps the best tennis player on grass court, Tunisian Jabeur had an extremely unfortunate match at Wimbledon, losing in the final, but showed his talent in this match. alternatively with large shot and slicingIt is decisive in controlling the game speed of their opponents. Jabeur offers fun and exciting tennis and can cap a slightly lower-than-expected season by winning these Finals.
No.7 Marketa Vondrousova
The surprise Wimbledon winner is another tennis player who came to Cancun having the best season of his career. Long rallies and a great topspin forehand led to victory Nine consecutive victories in 2023From the first round of Wimbledon to the third round of the Canadian Open. More desire than talent, but what a personality there is for this girl.
No.8 Maria Sakkari
Sakkari, who ranked 9th in the rankings and made it to the finals due to the last minute injury of Carolina Muchova. A 2023 full of ups and downsThe culmination of the season, consisting of the victory in Guadalajara and the quarterfinals in Beijing. Aggressive, strong, could save the year with a success in Cancun.