The WTA Finals is about to kick off in Singapore for the fifth and final time and 8 top women players of the world are eyeing the 50 Crore prize pot. The draw for the two singles groups took place on Friday at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel. The Red Group consists of Kerber, Osaka, Stephens and Bertens, while the White Group contains Wozniacki, Kvitova, Svitolina and Pliskova. The season-ending event, which is moving to Shenzhen in 2019, runs from October 21 to October 28 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
There is US$7 million (INR 50 Crores) in prize money on offer this year
All singles players receive US$153,000 per round robin win and US$151,000 if they play all three matches. Players will receive US$130,000 for playing two matches, and US$110,000 for playing one match. Alternates receive US$109,000 for playing two matches, US$89,000 for playing one match, and US$68,000 even if they do not play a match.
The winner of the singles competition will receive an extra US$1.75 million, with the runner-up taking home US$590,000. Losing semi-finalists get US$40,000. In the doubles, the champions get US$500,000, the runners-up receive US$260,000, the semi-finalists take US$157,500 and quarter-finalists get US$81,250.
If US$ 7 Million prize money pot did not strike the bell, wait for WTA Finals to move to Shenzhen in China next year. Shenzhen has struck a 10-year deal with the WTA to become the 10th host city of the WTA Finals since its inauguration in 1972. This is the 48th edition of the singles tournament, and 43rd edition of the doubles competition and the prize pot for WTA finals in Shenzhen will double to US$14 million (100 Crores) in 2019.