The WTA Finals (formerly known as the WTA Tour Championships[2] or WTA Championships) is a tournament of the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) played annually at the end of the season. The event is uniquely reserved for players at the top of the WTA Rankings. The format predates WTA and started in 1972 as the Championship tournament of WTA Tour's predecessor: the Virginia Slims Circuit. Since 2003 there have been eight singles players divided into two round-robin groups, and eight doubles teams.

WTA Finals
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Tournament information
Founded1972; 50 years ago (1972)
Editions50 (2021)
LocationZapopan, Mexico (2021)
CategoryWTA Finals[1]
SurfaceHard - outdoors
Draw8S / 8D (since 2014)
Prize money$5,000,000 (2021)
Websitewtafinals.com
Current champions (2021)
Women's singlesSpain Garbiñe Muguruza
Women's doublesCzech Republic Barbora Krejčíková
Czech Republic Kateřina Siniaková

The WTA Finals has the largest prize money and ranking points after the majors. The most successful Finals player is Martina Navratilova, who has won 8 singles and 13 doubles titles.

TournamentEdit

HistoryEdit

The championships were held for the first time in October 1972 in Boca Raton, Florida (USA) as a climactic event at the end of a series of tournaments sponsored by Virginia Slims, called the Virginia Slims Circuit.[3] From 1972 to 1974, the event was held in October, before switching to March from 1975 until 1986. The WTA then decided to adopt a January–November playing season, and so the event was switched to being held at the end of each year. As a consequence, there were two championships held in 1986.

The event was held in Los Angeles, California from 1974 to 1976 before moving to Madison Square Garden in New York City in 1977. With the exception of a one-year move to Oakland, California in 1978, the Championships remained at MSG until 2000. The event then briefly moved to Munich, Germany in 2001. More recently, it moved back to Los Angeles from 2002 to 2005. The 2006 and 2007 editions were held in Madrid, Spain. Doha, Qatar hosted the 2008–2010 editions before passing the flag to Istanbul, Turkey, which hosted the 2011–2013 editions.[4] For the right to host the 2014 edition and beyond, 43 cities expressed an interest before a short list comprising Kazan, Russia; Mexico City, Mexico; Singapore; and Tianjin, China was drawn up in late 2012.[5] Kazan and Mexico City were ruled out in early 2013[6] before Singapore was announced in May 2013 as the new host city for five years.[7][8] In 2018, WTA announced the new host city from 2019 to 2028 will be Shenzhen, China,[9] however the 2020 event was canceled and the 2021 event was moved to Guadalajara, Mexico due to COVID-19 pandemic and travel restrictions.[10] In December 2021, WTA announced "immediate suspension of all WTA tournaments in China, including Hong Kong", over concerns of Chinese government's treatment of tennis player Peng Shuai after she accused top Communist Party leader of sexual assault.[11]

FormatEdit

From 1984 to 1998, the final of the championships was a best-of-five-sets match, making it the only tournament on the women's tour to have had a best-of-five match at any round of the competition.[12] It was the first time since the 1901 U.S. National Championships that the best-of-five format was used in women's matches.[13] In 1999, the final reverted to being a best-of-three-sets match. From the 1974 until the 1982 edition the doubles draw consisted of four teams; then from 1983 to 2002 the draw increased to eight teams; was decreased back to four teams until 2013 and from the 2014 edition onward it has been made up of eight teams. From its first inception in 1973 until 2018 the doubles draw was played in a single elimination format. In 2015 and from 2019 until the present the doubles draw has been played in a round robin format.[8]

Qualified players and teams participate in a round-robin format in two groups of four. The winners and runners-up of each group advance to the semifinals. The semifinal winners progress through to the finals where they compete for the title.

QualificationEdit

To qualify for the WTA Finals, WTA players compete throughout the year in over 53 WTA tournaments throughout the world, as well as the four Grand Slam events. Players earn ranking points on the Porsche Race To Shenzhen leaderboard, and the top 7 singles players (and usually top 8) and top 8 doubles teams on this leaderboard at the conclusion of the year (as of the Monday following the final regular season tournament) earn the right to compete in the WTA Championships. For singles, all results from that year count towards a player's ranking. The eighth spot in singles is not guaranteed a place in the finals as the WTA has some leeway per the WTA rules.[14]

In the singles, point totals are calculated by combining point totals from 16 tournaments (excluding ITF and WTA 125 tournaments). Of these sixteen tournaments, a player's results: from the four Grand Slam events, the four WTA 1000 tournaments with 1,000 points for the winner, and (for the players who played the main draw at least in 2 such tournaments) the best results from two WTA 1000 tournaments with 900 points maximum must be included as well as points from 6 other countable tournaments. In the doubles, point totals are calculated by any combination of eleven tournaments throughout the year, not abiding to the mandatory Grand-Slam or Premier-level tournaments rule like for singles.[15]

VenuesEdit

Years City Country Venue Surface Capacity
1972–1973 Boca Raton United States Boca Raton Hotel & Club Clay
1974–1976 Los Angeles United States Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena Carpet 14,800
1977 New York City United States Madison Square Garden Carpet 18,000
1978 Oakland United States Oakland Arena Carpet 13,200
1979–2000 New York City United States Madison Square Garden Carpet 18,000
2001 Munich Germany Olympiahalle Hard (i) 12,000
2002–2005 Los Angeles United States Staples Center Hard (i) 17,000
2006–2007 Madrid Spain Madrid Arena Hard (i) 10,500
2008–2010 Doha Qatar Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex Hard 6,911
2011–2013 Istanbul Turkey Sinan Erdem Dome Hard (i) 16,410
2014–2018 Singapore Singapore Singapore Indoor Stadium Hard (i) 10,000
2019 Shenzhen China Shenzhen Bay Sports Center Hard (i) 12,000
2021 Guadalajara Mexico Panamerican Tennis Center Hard 6,639
2022–2030 Shenzhen
(Suspended)
China Shenzhen Bay Sports Center Hard (i) 12,000

Points, prize money and trophiesEdit

The total prize money for the 2021 WTA Finals is US$5,000,000. The tables below are based on the updated draw sheet information.[16]

Stage Prize money Points
Singles Doubles2
Champion RR1 + $1,240,000 RR1 + $250,000 RR + 750
Runner-up RR + $420,000 RR + $80,000 RR + 330
Semifinalist RR + $30,000 RR + $0 RR
Round Robin win per match +$110,000 +$20,000 250
Round Robin loss per match N/A N/A 125
Participation Fee 3 matches = $110,000
2 matches = $90,000
1 match = $70,000
3 matches = $50,000
2 matches = $40,000
1 match = $30,000
N/A
Alternates 2 matches = $80,000
1 match = $60,000
0 matches = $40,000
2 matches = $
1 match = $
0 matches = $
N/A
1 RR means prize money or points won in the round robin round.
  • 2 Prize money for doubles is per team.
  • An undefeated champion would earn the maximum 1,500 points, and $1,680,000 in singles or $360,000 in doubles.

Since 2014, the singles and doubles winners of the tournament receive the Billie Jean King Trophy[17][18] and the Martina Navratilova trophy,[19][20] respectively.

List of finalsEdit

SinglesEdit

 From 1984 to 1998, the final match in singles was uniquely held in a best-of-five-sets format.[8]
Year Champion Runner-up Score
1972   Chris Evert (1/4)   Kerry Melville 7–5, 6–4
1973   Chris Evert (2/4)   Nancy Richey Gunter 6–3, 6–3
1974   Evonne Goolagong Cawley (1/2)   Chris Evert 6–3, 6–4
1975   Chris Evert (3/4)   Martina Navratilova 6–4, 6–2
1976   Evonne Goolagong Cawley (2/2)   Chris Evert 6–3, 5–7, 6–3
1977   Chris Evert (4/4)   Sue Barker 2–6, 6–1, 6–1
1978   Martina Navratilova (1/8)   Evonne Goolagong Cawley 7–6(7–2), 6–4
1979   Martina Navratilova (2/8)   Tracy Austin 6–3, 3–6, 6–2
1980   Tracy Austin   Martina Navratilova 6–2, 2–6, 6–2
1981   Martina Navratilova (3/8)   Andrea Jaeger 6–3, 7–6(7–3)
1982   Sylvia Hanika   Martina Navratilova 1–6, 6–3, 6–4
1983   Martina Navratilova (4/8)   Chris Evert 6–2, 6–0
1984     Martina Navratilova (5/8)   Chris Evert 6–3, 7–5, 6–1
1985     Martina Navratilova (6/8)   Helena Suková 6–3, 7–5, 6–4
1986 (Mar.)     Martina Navratilova (7/8)   Hana Mandlíková 6–2, 6–0, 3–6, 6–1
1986 (Nov.)     Martina Navratilova (8/8)   Steffi Graf 7–6(8–6), 6–3, 6–2
1987     Steffi Graf (1/5)   Gabriela Sabatini 4–6, 6–4, 6–0, 6–4
1988     Gabriela Sabatini (1/2)   Pam Shriver 7–5, 6–2, 6–2
1989     Steffi Graf (2/5)   Martina Navratilova 6–4, 7–5, 2–6, 6–2
1990     Monica Seles (1/3)   Gabriela Sabatini 6–4, 5–7, 3–6, 6–4, 6–2
1991     Monica Seles (2/3)   Martina Navratilova 6–4, 3–6, 7–5, 6–0
1992     Monica Seles (3/3)   Martina Navratilova 7–5, 6–3, 6–1
1993     Steffi Graf (3/5)   Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 6–1, 6–4, 3–6, 6–1
1994     Gabriela Sabatini (2/2)   Lindsay Davenport 6–3, 6–2, 6–4
1995     Steffi Graf (4/5)   Anke Huber 6–1, 2–6, 6–1, 4–6, 6–3
1996     Steffi Graf (5/5)   Martina Hingis 6–3, 4–6, 6–0, 4–6, 6–0
1997     Jana Novotná   Mary Pierce 7–6(7–4), 6–2, 6–3
1998     Martina Hingis (1/2)   Lindsay Davenport 7–5, 6–4, 4–6, 6–2
1999   Lindsay Davenport   Martina Hingis 6–4, 6–2
2000   Martina Hingis (2/2)   Monica Seles 6–7(5–7), 6–4, 6–4
2001   Serena Williams (1/5)   Lindsay Davenport walkover
2002   Kim Clijsters (1/3)   Serena Williams 7–5, 6–3
2003   Kim Clijsters (2/3)   Amélie Mauresmo 6–2, 6–0
2004   Maria Sharapova   Serena Williams 4–6, 6–2, 6–4
2005   Amélie Mauresmo   Mary Pierce 5–7, 7–6(7–3), 6–4
2006   Justine Henin (1/2)   Amélie Mauresmo 6–4, 6–3
2007   Justine Henin (2/2)   Maria Sharapova 5–7, 7–5, 6–3
2008   Venus Williams   Vera Zvonareva 6–7(5–7), 6–0, 6–2
2009   Serena Williams (2/5)   Venus Williams 6–2, 7–6(7–4)
2010   Kim Clijsters (3/3)   Caroline Wozniacki 6–3, 5–7, 6–3
2011   Petra Kvitová   Victoria Azarenka 7–5, 4–6, 6–3
2012   Serena Williams (3/5)   Maria Sharapova 6–4, 6–3
2013   Serena Williams (4/5)   Li Na 2–6, 6–3, 6–0
2014   Serena Williams (5/5)   Simona Halep 6–3, 6–0
2015   Agnieszka Radwańska   Petra Kvitová 6–2, 4–6, 6–3
2016   Dominika Cibulková   Angelique Kerber 6–3, 6–4
2017   Caroline Wozniacki   Venus Williams 6–4, 6–4
2018   Elina Svitolina   Sloane Stephens 3–6, 6–2, 6–2
2019   Ashleigh Barty   Elina Svitolina 6–4, 6–3
2020 no competition due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2021   Garbiñe Muguruza   Anett Kontaveit 6–3, 7–5

DoublesEdit

Year Champions Runners-up Score
1972 no doubles played
1973   Rosemary Casals (1/2)
  Margaret Court (1/2)
  Françoise Dürr
  Betty Stöve
6–2, 6–4
1974   Rosemary Casals (2/2)
  Billie Jean King (1/4)
  Françoise Dürr
  Betty Stöve
6–1, 6–7(2–7), 7–5
1975   Margaret Court (2/2)
  Virginia Wade
  Rosemary Casals
  Billie Jean King
6–7(2–7), 7–6(7–2), 6–2
1976   Billie Jean King (2/4)
  Betty Stöve (1/3)
  Mona Guerrant
  Ann Kiyomura
6–3, 6–2
1977   Martina Navratilova(1/13)
  Betty Stöve (2/3)
  Françoise Dürr
  Virginia Wade
7–5, 6–3
1978   Billie Jean King (3/4)
  Martina Navratilova (2/13)
  Françoise Dürr
  Virginia Wade
6–4, 6–4
1979   Françoise Dürr
  Betty Stöve (3/3)
  Sue Barker
  Ann Kiyomura
7–6, 7–6
1980   Billie Jean King (4/4)
  Martina Navratilova (3/13)
  Rosemary Casals
  Wendy Turnbull
6–3, 4–6, 6–3
1981   Martina Navratilova(4/13)
  Pam Shriver(1/10)
  Barbara Potter
  Sharon Walsh
6–0, 7–6(8–6)
1982   Martina Navratilova (5/13)
  Pam Shriver (2/10)
  Kathy Jordan
  Anne Smith
6–4, 6–3
1983   Martina Navratilova (6/13)
  Pam Shriver (3/10)
  Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
  Eva Pfaff
7–5, 6–2
1984   Martina Navratilova (7/13)
  Pam Shriver (4/10)
  Jo Durie
  Ann Kiyomura
6–3, 6–1
1985   Martina Navratilova (8/13)
  Pam Shriver (5/10)
  Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
  Helena Suková
6–7(4–7), 6–4, 7–6(7–5)
1986 (Mar.)   Hana Mandlíková
  Wendy Turnbull
  Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
  Helena Suková
6–4, 6–7(4–7), 6–3
1986 (Nov.)   Martina Navratilova (9/13)
  Pam Shriver (6/10)
  Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
  Helena Suková
7–6(7–1), 6–3
1987   Martina Navratilova (10/13)
  Pam Shriver (7/10)
  Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
  Helena Suková
6–1, 6–1
1988   Martina Navratilova (11/13)
  Pam Shriver (8/10)
  Larisa Savchenko
  Natalia Zvereva
6–3, 6–4
1989   Martina Navratilova (12/13)
  Pam Shriver (9/10)
  Larisa Savchenko
  Natalia Zvereva
6–3, 6–2
1990   Kathy Jordan
  Elizabeth Smylie
  Mercedes Paz
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
7–6(7–4), 6–4
1991   Martina Navratilova (13/13)
  Pam Shriver (10/10)
  Gigi Fernández
  Jana Novotná
4–6, 7–5, 6–4
1992   Arantxa Sánchez Vicario (1/2)
  Helena Suková
  Jana Novotná
  Larisa Savchenko Neiland
7–6(7–4), 6–1
1993   Gigi Fernández (1/2)
  Natalia Zvereva (1/3)
  Jana Novotná
  Larisa Neiland
6–3, 7–5
1994   Gigi Fernández (2/2)
  Natasha Zvereva (2/3)
  Jana Novotná
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
6–3, 6–7(4–7), 6–3
1995   Jana Novotná (1/2)
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario (2/2)
  Gigi Fernández
  Natasha Zvereva
6–2, 6–1
1996   Lindsay Davenport (1/3)
  Mary Joe Fernández
  Jana Novotná
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
6–3, 6–2
1997   Lindsay Davenport (2/3)
  Jana Novotná (2/2)
  Alexandra Fusai
  Nathalie Tauziat
6–7(5–7), 6–3, 6–2
1998   Lindsay Davenport (3/3)
  Natasha Zvereva (3/3)
  Alexandra Fusai
  Nathalie Tauziat
6–7(6–8), 7–5, 6–3
1999   Martina Hingis (1/3)
  Anna Kournikova (1/2)
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
  Larisa Neiland
6–4, 6–4
2000   Martina Hingis (2/3)
  Anna Kournikova (2/2)
  Nicole Arendt
  Manon Bollegraf
6–2, 6–3
2001   Lisa Raymond (1/4)
  Rennae Stubbs
  Cara Black
  Elena Likhovtseva
7–5, 3–6, 6–3
2002   Elena Dementieva
  Janette Husárová
  Cara Black
  Elena Likhovtseva
4–6, 6–4, 6–3
2003   Virginia Ruano Pascual
  Paola Suárez
  Kim Clijsters
  Ai Sugiyama
6–4, 3–6, 6–3
2004   Nadia Petrova (1/2)
  Meghann Shaughnessy
  Cara Black
  Rennae Stubbs
7–5, 6–2
2005   Lisa Raymond (2/4)
  Samantha Stosur (1/2)
  Cara Black
  Rennae Stubbs
6–7(5–7), 7–5, 6–4
2006   Lisa Raymond (3/4)
  Samantha Stosur (2/2)
  Cara Black
  Rennae Stubbs
3–6, 6–3, 6–3
2007   Cara Black (1/3)
  Liezel Huber (1/3)
  Katarina Srebotnik
  Ai Sugiyama
5–7, 6–3, [10–8]
2008   Cara Black (2/3)
  Liezel Huber (2/3)
  Květa Peschke
  Rennae Stubbs
6–1, 7–5
2009   Nuria Llagostera Vives
  María José Martínez Sánchez
  Cara Black
  Liezel Huber
7–6(7–0), 5–7, [10–7]
2010   Gisela Dulko
  Flavia Pennetta
  Květa Peschke
  Katarina Srebotnik
7–5, 6–4
2011   Liezel Huber (3/3)
  Lisa Raymond (4/4)
  Květa Peschke
  Katarina Srebotnik
6–4, 6–4
2012   Maria Kirilenko
  Nadia Petrova (2/2)
  Andrea Hlaváčková
  Lucie Hradecká
6–1, 6–4
2013   Hsieh Su-wei
  Peng Shuai
  Ekaterina Makarova
  Elena Vesnina
6–4, 7–5
2014   Cara Black (3/3)
  Sania Mirza (1/2)
  Hsieh Su-wei
  Peng Shuai
6–1, 6–0
2015   Martina Hingis (3/3)
  Sania Mirza (2/2)
  Garbiñe Muguruza

  Carla Suárez Navarro

6–0, 6–3
2016   Ekaterina Makarova
  Elena Vesnina
  Bethanie Mattek-Sands
  Lucie Šafářová
7–6(7–5), 6–3
2017   Tímea Babos (1/3)
  Andrea Hlaváčková
  Kiki Bertens
  Johanna Larsson
4–6, 6–4, [10–5]
2018   Tímea Babos (2/3)
  Kristina Mladenovic (1/2)
  Barbora Krejčíková
  Kateřina Siniaková
6–4, 7–5
2019   Tímea Babos (3/3)
  Kristina Mladenovic (2/2)
  Hsieh Su-wei
  Barbora Strýcová
6–1, 6–3
2020 no competition due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2021   Barbora Krejčíková
  Kateřina Siniaková
  Hsieh Su-wei
  Elise Mertens
6–3, 6–4

Finals appearances by countryEdit

SinglesEdit

Titles won Country Years Won Runners-up
17   United States 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986,[a] 1986,[b] 1999, 2001, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014 1973, 1974, 1976, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2009, 2017, 2018
6   Germany 1982, 1987, 1989, 1993, 1995, 1996 1986,[b] 1995, 2016
5   Czechoslovakia/Czech Republic 1978, 1979, 1981, 1997, 2011 1975, 1980, 1985, 1986,[a] 2015
  Belgium 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2010
3   Australia 1974, 1976, 2019 1972, 1978
  Yugoslavia/Serbia 1990, 1991, 1992
2   Argentina 1988, 1994 1987, 1990
  Switzerland 1998, 2000 1996, 1999
1   France 2005 1997, 2003, 2005, 2006
  Russia 2004 2007, 2008, 2012
  Denmark 2017 2010
  Ukraine 2018 2019
  Spain 2021 1993
  Poland 2015
  Slovakia 2016
0   Great Britain 1977
  Belarus 2011
  China 2013
  Romania 2014
  Estonia 2021
  1. ^ a b In 1986 the WTA adopted a January–November playing season, thereby the event switched to being held at the end of each year. Consequently, there were two championships held in 1986. First edition was played in March.[21]
  2. ^ a b Second edition was played in November.

List of championsEdit

Note: Active players indicated in bold.

SinglesEdit

Titles Player Champion Runner-up
8  /  Martina Navratilova 1978—79, 1981,

1983—86[a][b]

1975, 1980, 1982,

1989, 1991—92

5   Serena Williams 2001, 2009, 2012—14 2002, 2004
  Steffi Graf 1987, 1989, 1993,

1995—96

1986[b]
4   Chris Evert 1972—73, 1975,

1977

1974, 1976,

1983—84

3  /  Monica Seles 1990—92 2000
  Kim Clijsters 2002—03, 2010
2   Gabriela Sabatini 1988, 1994 1987, 1990
  Martina Hingis 1998, 2000 1996, 1999
  Evonne Goolagong Cawley 1974, 1976 1978
  Justine Henin 2006—07


Titles Player Champion Runner-up
1   Lindsay Davenport 1999 1994, 1998,

2001

  Maria Sharapova 2004 2007, 2012
  Amélie Mauresmo 2005 2003, 2006
  Venus Williams 2008 2009, 2017
  Tracy Austin 1980 1979
  Petra Kvitová 2011 2015
  Caroline Wozniacki 2017 2010
  Elina Svitolina 2018 2019
  Sylvia Hanika 1982
  Jana Novotná 1997
  Agnieszka Radwańska 2015
  Dominika Cibulková 2016
  Ashleigh Barty 2019
  Garbiñe Muguruza 2021

DoublesEdit

Titles Player Champion Runner-up
13   Martina Navratilova 1977—78, 1980–86,[b]

1987—89, 1991

10   Pam Shriver 1981—86,[b] 1987–89,

1991

4   Billie Jean King 1974, 1976, 1978, 1980 1975
  Lisa Raymond 2001, 2005–06, 2011
3   Cara Black 2007—08, 2014 2001—02, 2004–06,

2009

 / /  Natasha Zvereva 1993—94, 1998 1988—89, 1995
  Betty Stöve 1976—77, 1979 1973—74
  Liezel Huber 2007—08, 2011 2009
  Lindsay Davenport 1996—98
  Martina Hingis 1999—00, 2015
  Tímea Babos 2017—19
2   Jana Novotná 1995, 1997 1991—94, 1996
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 1992, 1995 1990, 1994, 1996,

1999

  Rosemary Casals 1973—74 1975, 1980
  Gigi Fernández 1993—94 1991, 1995


Titles Player Champion Runner-up
2   Margaret Court 1973, 1975
  Anna Kournikova 1999—00
  Nadia Petrova 2004, 2012
  Samantha Stosur 2005—06
  Sania Mirza 2014—15
  Kristina Mladenovic 2018—19
1   Françoise Dürr 1979 1973—74, 1977,

1978

  Helena Suková 1992 1985—86,[a][b] 1987
  Rennae Stubbs 2001 2004—06, 2008
  Hsieh Su-wei 2013 2014, 2019, 2021
  Virginia Wade 1975 1977—78
  Wendy Turnbull 1986[a] 1980
  Kathy Jordan 1990 1982
  Peng Shuai 2013 2014
  Ekaterina Makarova 2016 2013
  Elena Vesnina
  Andrea Hlaváčková 2017 2012
  Barbora Krejčiková 2021 2018
  Kateřina Siniaková
  1. ^ a b c In 1986 the WTA adopted a January–November playing season, thereby the event switched to being held at the end of each year. Consequently, there were two championships held in 1986. First edition was played in March.[21]
  2. ^ a b c d e Second edition was played in November.

Records and statisticsEdit

Note: Active players indicated in bold.

SinglesEdit

# Titles
8   Martina Navratilova
5   Steffi Graf
  Serena Williams
4   Chris Evert
3   Monica Seles
  Kim Clijsters
# Finals
14   Martina Navratilova
8   Chris Evert
7   Serena Williams
6   Steffi Graf
4   Monica Seles
  Gabriela Sabatini
  Martina Hingis
  Lindsay Davenport
# Matches won
60   Martina Navratilova
34   Chris Evert
31   Steffi Graf
29[22]   Serena Williams
21   Gabriela Sabatini
# Editions played
21   Martina Navratilova
13   Chris Evert
  Steffi Graf
  Arantxa Sánchez
12   Zina Garrison
  Conchita Martínez

Youngest & oldest championsEdit

Singles[23] Youngest  /  Monica Seles 16 years, 11 months 1990
Oldest   Serena Williams 33 years, 1 month 2014
Doubles Youngest   Anna Kournikova 18 years, 5 months 1999
Oldest   Lisa Raymond 38 years, 2 months 2011

Longest and shortest matchesEdit

SinglesEdit

Best-of-five-sets
Longest match by time played
1990 final, 3 hours and 47 minutes[24][25]
  Monica Seles 6 5 3 6 6
  Gabriela Sabatini 4 7 6 4 2
Best-of-three-sets
Longest match by time played[26]
2012 round robin, 3 hours and 29 minutes
  Agnieszka Radwańska 66 7 6
  Sara Errani 78 5 4
Longest match by games won[26]
2017 round robin, 37 games
  Venus Williams 7 63 7
  Jelena Ostapenko 5 77 5
Shortest match by games won
1983 final, 14 games
  Martina Navratilova 6 6
  Chris Evert 2 0
2003 final, 14 games
  Kim Clijsters 6 6
  Amélie Mauresmo 2 0

DoublesEdit

Longest match by games won
1985 final, 36 games
  Martina Navratilova
  Pam Shriver
64 6 77
  Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
  Helena Suková
77 4 65
Shortest match by games won
2014 final, 13 games
  Cara Black
  Sania Mirza
6 6
  Hsieh Su-wei
  Peng Shuai
1 0

Year-end championships double & tripleEdit

Winning three or two out of the four Year-ending championships since its inception in 1972: WTA Championships/Finals, Series-Ending Championships, Grand Slam Cup, WTA Tournament of Champions/Elite Trophy indicated in bold.

Double crownEdit

Winning the Year-end championships in both singles and doubles in the same year.

Player # Years won
 /  Martina Navratilova 6 1978, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986[a]
  Jana Novotná 1 1997
  Martina Hingis 1 2000
  1. ^ In 1986 the event was held twice because of a change of schedule by the WTA. First edition was played in March, the second in November. Navratilova would go on to win the second edition in both singles and doubles that year.[21]

Year-end championships tripleEdit

# Player WTA Championships/Finals Grand Slam Cup WTA Elite Trophy
1   Venus Williams 2008 1998 2015

WTA Championships – Series-Ending Championships DoubleEdit

# Player WTA Championships/Finals Series-Ending Championships
1   Chris Evert 1972 1977
2   Martina Navratilova 1978 1979
3   Tracy Austin 1980 1980

WTA Championships – Grand Slam Cup DoubleEdit

# Player WTA Championships/Finals Grand Slam Cup
1   Serena Williams 2001 1999
2   Venus Williams* 2008 1998

* she later completed a Y-EC Triple.

WTA Championships – WTA Elite Trophy DoubleEdit

# Player WTA Championships/Finals WTA Elite Trophy
1   Venus Williams* 2008 2015
2   Petra Kvitová 2011 2016
3   Ashleigh Barty 2019 2018

* with the 2015 WTA Elite Trophy she also completed a Y-EC Triple.

Grand Slam Cup – WTA Elite Trophy DoubleEdit

# Player Grand Slam Cup WTA Elite Trophy
1   Venus Williams* 1998 2015

* with the 2015 WTA Elite Trophy she also completed a Y-EC Triple.

SponsorsEdit

The event has a more than 40-year history of corporate sponsorship with the finals named after the sponsoring company.[3]

Years Sponsor Name Notes
1972–1978 Virginia Slims Virginia Slims Championships
1979–1982 Avon Avon Championships
1983–1994 Virginia Slims Virginia Slims Championships
1995 None WTA Tour Championships
1996–2000 Chase Chase Championships
2001 Sanex Sanex Championships
2002 The Home Depot Home Depot Championships
2003 Bank of America Bank of America WTA Tour Championships
2004 None WTA Tour Championships
2005–2010 Sony Ericsson Sony Ericsson Championships
2011–2013 BNP Paribas and Türk Ekonomi Bankası TEB–BNP Paribas WTA Championships Istanbul [3]
2014–2018 BNP Paribas and SC Global BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global [27]
2019 Shiseido Shiseido WTA Finals Shenzhen [28]
2021 Akron Akron WTA Finals Guadalajara [29]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  10. ^ Reuters (2021-09-13). "2021 WTA Finals moved from Shenzhen to Guadalajara". Reuters. Retrieved 2021-12-02.
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  13. ^ "It's the Way It's (Almost) Always Been". New York Times. 3 September 2012. Retrieved 26 September 2012.
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  18. ^ "Makers of Billie Jean King Trophy | WTA Finals | Tennis | Thomas Lyte - Thomas Lyte". www.thomaslyte.com. Retrieved 2021-11-08.
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  20. ^ "Evert, Navratilova to serve as WTA Finals legend ambassadors". Women's Tennis Association. 4 November 2021. Retrieved 2021-11-08.
  21. ^ a b c "About WTA Finals". Akron WTA Finals Guadalajara. Retrieved 2021-11-11.
  22. ^ Serena Williams WTA profile
  23. ^ "WTA Finals 2021: By the Numbers - Tennis Now". www.tennisnow.com. 9 November 2021. Retrieved 2021-11-11.
  24. ^ "November 18, 1990: Seles and Sabatini go five". www.tennismajors.com. 18 November 2020. Retrieved 2021-11-12.
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  27. ^ "Tennis-BNP Paribas extends WTA Championship sponsorship". Reuters. Singapore. 11 March 2014.
  28. ^ "Shiseido signs on as title sponsor of WTA Finals Shenzhen". wtatennis.com. Shenzhen. 23 July 2019.
  29. ^ "WTA Finals: Making Guadalajara Before the World". smallcapnews.co.uk. Guadalajara. 21 September 2021.

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