Beijing returns to the WTA calendar as it hosts the 24th edition of the WTA 1000 China Open at the National Tennis Center. Naomi Osaka won the last edition of the tournament defeating the former world no.1 Ashleigh Barty (3-6, 6-3, 6-2) , in 2019. The women’s entry list features almost the whole of the top 50 in the WTA rankings.
The tournament will be historic in the sense that it will offer the highest prize money out of any WTA event outside of the WTA Finals. The total prize money for the tournament is $8,127,389.
The tournament will feature the world no.1 Aryna Sabalenka and US Open champion Coco Gauff, who return to the tour for the first time since their final match at the US Open earlier this month. The tournament has used the performance-byes method to hand out byes for the first round. As a result, Jessica Pegula, Maria Sakkari, Veronika Kudermetova and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova have been handed byes for their semi final appearance in the ongoing Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo.
Seeded 2nd for the tournament, Iga Swiatek is making her tournament debut facing Sara Sorribes Tormo in the first round.
Round-wise prize money and points for the 2023 WTA China Open
The players will be looking to book their spots at the year-end WTA Finals to be played in Cancun, Mexico and therefore will have one eye on the points to be earned. Sabalenka, Swiatek, Gauff and Elena Rybakina have confirmed their spots with the other four spots up for grabs. Jessica Pegula is on the cusp of becoming the fifth qualifier, while Marketa Vondrousova, Ons Jabeur and Maria Sakkari will try to shore up their qualifying chances.
The champion would earn a pay cheque of $1,324,000, down from $1,523,265 earned by Osaka in 2019. The runner up earns $780,000, up from $762,265 in 2019. Rest all rounds feature an increase from the similar earners in 2019.
The prize money for the WTA players along with the points is mentioned below:
First round: $32,325/10 points Second round: $52,000/65 points Round of 16: $92,500/120 points Quarterfinals: $185,018/215 points Semifinals: $402,000/390 points Final: $780,000/650 points Champion: $1,324,000/1000 points
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