Among the top athlete on the WTA Tour, Australian Ashleigh Barty has also emerged as the leading prize money earner for 2019 – becoming the first female tennis star to breach the $10 million barrier for the season.
The reigning French Open champion, who also played in the Australian Big Bash cricket league to take a break from tennis, with her performance in the WTA Finals till date has assured herself of an aggregate 2019 WTA Tour prize money worth $10.93 million. The number will go up further if she makes it to the tournament semi-finals and then continues her success beyond that.
A semi-finals appearance in Shenzhen, China, will assure Barty of a $1.45 million paycheque, while a title triumph on Sunday will be worth $5.98 million transfer to her account. But even if she loses and misses the semi-finals, the 23-year-old will leave China $890,000 better off.
Ashleigh’s pay packet from the tour this year has already been over two-fold than her career income prior to the season.
Her finals fate remains very much in her own hands. While there are endless permutations as all four players in Barty’s pool remain in title contention heading into Thursday’s final round-robin matches, the equation is simple for Australia’s world No 1: take down Kvitova and she’ll top the Red Group and advance to Saturday’s semi-finals.