An undefeated singles champion of the Shiseido WTA Finals Shenzhen is set to earn a record-breaking $4.75 million, eclipsing the champion’s prize money mark set by the US Open. For comparison on other tennis prizes: US Open – $3,850,000; Wimbledon – $3,041,043; Roland Gaross – $2,649,464; Australian Open – $3,050,449. Even on other sport disciplines the big prizes were smaller: 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion Team: $4M; 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup Champion Team: $4M; 2019 U.S. Women’s Open Golf Championship: $1M; 2019 Tour de France Champion: 500,000 Euros.
Tennis icon Simona Halep
The first edition of the WTA Finals was held in 1972 in Boca Raton, Florida, with the champion eligible for a $25,000 winner’s check. Since then, 12 cities in the United States, Europe, Middle East, and Asia have hosted the WTA Finals, with Singapore passing the torch to Shenzhen this season, in a landmark 10-year hosting deal. Former World No.1 Simona Halep has climbed to No.2 on the Porsche Race to Shenzhen leaderboard after grabbing her second Grand Slam trophy at Wimbledon last week, grabbing 4.427 points after Australian Ashleigh Barty, 4,885 points.