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WTA Championships 2013

October 8, 2014

By Jon Crim

With Serena Williams wrapping up the Grand Slam season as the champion of the US Open and only two months of regular season play anticipation for the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships is beginning to mount.

This year the WTA Championships will be held from October 22nd – 27th and wrap up it’s 3rd and final year at the Sinan Erdem Dome in the fifth-largest city in the world, Istanbul, Turkey.

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WTA Championships Format

If you’re unfamiliar, the WTA Championships are run under a unique format, different from the typical regular season play where single elimination is the norm. Instead, only the top eight ranked singles players and top four ranked doubles teams qualify to compete.

Once these players are identified, they’re split into two groups on the singles side and one group on the doubles side. In singles, they’ll play a round-robin, with each group of players competing against one another in three matches. The players with the best record in each group move onto the semis, and the winners progress to the finals. In doubles, they’ll play a typical single-elimination format starting with the semi-finals.

Beyond the tournament’s unique style, which is a clear break from the norm, it’s an extremely prestigious tournament with only the top players competing, so as usual, it will be a fun tournament to watch.

WTA Championships: TV Schedule, Draw and Prize Money

Approximately two weeks before the tournament, you can check out the TV schedule for the year-end finale to make sure you catch all the action. You’ll also be able to check out the draws and schedule of play on the WTA website.

As for the WTA championships prize money, they’ll be no shortage of cash, helping ensure a high level of competition. This year there is a giant prize purse of $6,000,000, one of the biggest of the year. Be sure also to check out the year-end ATP World Tour Finals taking place November 4th-11th at the 02 arena in London, England.

Current Singles WTA Championships Qualifiers

Serena Williams, current world #1, has extremely strong points lead over the rest of the women’s field, was the first to qualify in early August. As the 2013 defending champion and coming off a win at this year’s US Open in Flushing Meadows, NY, Serena is no doubt a serious contender for this year’s crown.

Hot on the heels of Serena, Victoria Azarenka was the second women’s tennis player to qualify for the WTA championships. As the 2012 and 2013 Australian Open champion and currently world #2, Azarenka is excited to attend this year’s tournament.

After qualifying Azarenka commented, “Making the Championships is one of my goals every year, and it shows your consistency throughout the season. We have so much fun in Istanbul; it’s one of the best events and a beautiful facility. I’m looking forward to seeing all the fans; the excitement and energy they bring is just amazing.”

Finally, with less than a month to the tournament, Maria Sharapova, Agnieszka Radwanska, and the doubles team of Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci have also qualified for the tournament. Although, with Sharapova battling a shoulder injury, it’s unclear whether she will be healthy for an appearance.

As of September 16, 2013, here are the top 20 singles players currently making their bid to qualify for the WTA Championships:

Rank Player Country Points
1 Serena Williams United States  12,260
2 Victoria Azarenka Belarus  9,505
3 Maria Sharapova Russia  7,866
4 Agnieszka Radwanska Poland  6,390
5 Na Li China  5,565
6 Sara Errani Italy  4,325
7 Marion Bartoli France  3,746
8 Caroline Wozniacki Denmark  3,565
9 Angelique Kerber Germany  3,420
10 Jelena Jankovic Serbia  3,245
11 Petra Kvitova Czech Republic  3,170
12 Roberta Vinci Italy  3,065
13 Sloane Stephens United States  3,045
14 Carla Suarez Navarro Spain  2,775
15 Sabine Lisicki Germany  2,770
16 Ana Ivanovic Serbia  2,720
17 Samantha Stosur Australia  2,715
18 Simona Halep Romania  2,630
19 Maria Kirilenko Russia  2,620
20 Kirsten Flipkens Belgium  2,556

2012 Finals: Serena Williams vs. Maria Sharapova

Are you getting excited for the WTA Championships? Check out the highlight reel from last year’s final where Serena captured her 3rd year-end title in a fantastic match against Maria Sharapova.

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