The world’s top eight female tennis players are in Mexico for the WTA Tour Finals 2023 — the traditional end-of-season tournament.
Plaza Quintana Roo in Cancun will host the event that sees the elite slug it out for the title and the prospect of ending the year as the top-ranked player in the world.
With defending champion Caroline Garcia having failed to qualify, this year’s competition — as with many of recent tournaments in women’s tennis — will witness a fairly open field, with four-time grand slam winner Iga Swiatek and World No.1 Aryna Sabalenka among the favourites. There’s also a doubles event, which runs throughout the week.
Jessica Pegula and Coco Gauff ensure there’s a strong United States representation at the Finals, and both made winning starts to their tournaments. Gauff, the 2023 US Open champion, lost just one game in her opening match against Ons Jabeur.
Here, The Sporting News provides all the details on the event, the players competing and how to follow it all around the world.
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The WTA Finals 2023 began on Sunday, October 29 and run until Sunday, November 5 with the singles and doubles finals both taking place on the last day.
The matches take place on a hardcourt surface in a temporary stadium, with the winner netting a cool $9 million (£7.4).
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With matches broadcast every day, the tournament will be streamed or televised by the following outlets around the world:
Caroline Garcia won the single’s event in Texas in 2022, with Garbine Muguruza taking home the trophy from Guadalajara, Mexico, in 2021.
Ash Barty won the 2019 event, which was staged in Shenzhen, China. The tournament wasn’t held in 2020 because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The most successful player of all time in terms of WTA Finals trophies is Martina Navratilova, who won eight singles and 13 doubles titles in her career.
Here are the eight singles players who have qualified in 2023:
Karolina Muchova withdrew from the tournament with a continuing wrist injury. As the first alternate, Maria Sakkari moved into the field.
And here are the eight doubles pairings also set to compete in Mexico: