WTA Finalsi

The WTA Finals (formerly known as the WTA Tour Championships), are played annually at the end of the season for the top-ranked players on the WTA Tour. It is unofficially considered the fifth most prestigious event of the season after the four grand slam tournaments. It also has the largest prize money and ranking points after the majors. To qualify for the WTA Finals, players compete throughout the year earning ranking points on leaderboard. The top eight singles players and top eight doubles teams on the leaderboard at the conclusion of the year earn the right to compete at the WTA Finals.

  • This year’s tournament to be held in Fort Worth from October 31 to November 7
  • World championships will return to Shenzhen next year after Covid, Peng Shuai row, lead to events being axed

Hong Kong Tennis Association president Philip Mok says city is negotiating for return of event, but the fate of Chinese player Peng Shuai and the ongoing restrictions because of Covid-19 could prove to be a sticking point.

John McEnroe says Naomi Osaka has put herself in difficult position by bringing mental health to forefront – ‘the fact we’re complimenting her about fighting a lot worries me, because that should be par for the course’.


Zheng Saisai makes light work of Spain’s Rebeka Masarova to join Wang Xinyu in singles second round as Zhang Shuai marks WTA Finals invite with doubles win.

China No 1 loses to 20-year-old at WTA Tour event but US Open champion still in the doubles while world junior No 1 Jerry Shang wins second men’s ITF Tour title in a month.

Former champion Hsieh added Indian Wells title to Wimbledon win with Elise Mertens to secure invite while China No 1 and Samantha Stosur also make the cut for season finale in Mexico after winning US Open.

Taiwanese veteran Hsieh Su-wei puts on dinosaur hat for physio’s birthday to celebrate straight-sets win with Elise Mertens over teenagers for place in final four.

China No 1 Zhang Shuai and India’s Sania Mirza face third seeds, while Zheng Saisai and Britain’s Heather Watson handed fourth seeds as Race to WTA Finals heats up.

Event later this month will see her play in father’s homeland Romania alongside one of her tennis role models Simona Halep, Indian Wells up first as British No 1 chases down WTA Finals spot.

Decision comes as a major blow to attempts to restart tennis as China says it will not stage most international sports events for the rest of 2020 to keep the pandemic in check.