The eight best players in the world will compete for the biggest prize money check in the history of professional tennis as the WTA's year-end championships is played for the first time in its new home of Shenzhen in 2019.

Ashleigh Barty, Naomi Osaka and Simona Halep are among the players in pole position to qualify for the 2019 Shiseido WTA Finals Shenzhen, live from Shenzhen from 27 October-3 November.

WTA Finals Shenzhen Live Streaming

WTA Finals Shenzhen tennis is live from 27 October-3 November 2019. Matches are televised via BT Sports in the UK, but bookmaker bet365 are also offering customers the opportunity to watch a live stream of the match alongside in-play betting.

Watch and bet on Shenzhen tennis live at bet365 > live streaming > tennis (geo-restrictions apply; funded account required or to have placed a bet in the last 24 hours to qualify)


How to watch & bet on WTA Finals Shenzhen tennis

1. Visit the bet365 website

2. Sign into your account or register for a new one

3. Select Live Streaming

4. Select 'Tennis’ from the ‘All Sports’ dropdown menu

5. Enjoy a live stream & in-play betting for WTA Finals Shenzhen tennis, live from 27 October-3 November 2019

PLEASE NOTE: You must have a funded account or have placed a bet in the last 24 hours in order to watch tennis; geo-restrictions apply. 

WTA FINALS TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

The 2019 Shiseido WTA Finals Shenzhen will be played from 27 October-3 November.

Check back here for more information once the tournament schedule is released.

WTA FINALS SHENZHEN PLAYERS 2019

Only the very best players in the world can qualify for the WTA Finals Shenzhen, the year-end event designed to pit the cream of the crop against each other until one is crowned the best of the best (and rewarded with the biggest prize money check in tennis history).

The objective of the tournament is to bring together the eight best players of the season and have them compete for one of the biggest titles of that season, bringing the year in women's tennis to a glittering conclusion.

Qualification for the WTA Finals Shenzhen is tracked by the Porsche Road to Shenzhen, special rankings which, unlike the official WTA computer rankings which are on a rolling 52-week basis, track the accumulation of points over the calendar year. In other words, whatever a player has done in previous seasons, everyone - from the world no. 1 to the WTA Finals Shenzhen champion right the way on down - starts from zero on January 1st and has the chance to be among the elite eight when the season ends. All they have to do is compile the most points in WTA Tour events and Grand Slams.

Here are the latest standings in the Porsche Road to Shenzhen as of 30/7/2019. If the tournament was held next week, this would be the eight-woman field and two alternates,

WTA Road to Shenzhen standings

StandingPlayerPoints2019 titlesPrevious WTA Finals appearancesBest WTA Finals result
1 - QUALIFIEDAshleigh Barty5,476French Open
Miami (Premier Mandatory)
Birmingham (Premier)
0-
2Simona Halep4,792Wimbledon4 (2014, 2015-17)Runner-up (2014)
3Karolina Pliskova4,786
Rome (Premier-5)
Brisbane (Premier)
Eastbourne (Premier)
3 (2016-18)SF (2017-18)
4 (+4)Bianca Andreescu4,727
US Open
Indian Wells (Premier Mandatory)
Rogers Cup Toronto (Premier-5)
0-
5 (+5)Serena Williams3,935-9 (2001-2, 2004, 2007-9, 2012-14)Champion (2001, 2009, 2012-14)
6 (-2)Petra Kvitova3,836Sydney (Premier)
Stuttgart (Premier)
6 (2011-15, 2018)Champion (2011)
7 (-2)Naomi Osaka3,776Australian Open1 (2018)RR (2018)
8 (-1)Belinda Bencic3,615Dubai (Premier-5)0-
9 (-3)Kiki Bertens3,580Madrid (Premier Mandatory)
St Petersburg (Premier)
1 (2018)SF (2018)
10 (-1)Elina Svitolina3,464-2 (2017-18)Champion (2018)

WTA Finals SHENZHEN GROUPS

The eight players who qualify for the WTA Finals Shenzhen will be divided into two groups by the draw, with each group headed by one of the top two seeds.

The groups will then compete against each other in round-robin matches with the top two players in each group progressing to the semifinals.

Check back here to find out the groups for the 2019 WTA Finals Shenzhen.

About the WTA Finals SHENZHEN

The showcase event in women’s tennis and perhaps the fifth biggest tournament of the year, the WTA Finals Shenzhen brings together the best players of the season to compete against each other for the immense prize that is the season-ending championships.

The year-end championships will be played for the first time in Shenzhen in 2019, with the event's previous sojourn in Singapore giving way to the Chinese city in a landmark ten-year deal which includes a potential $4.75 million prize check for an undefeated champion - the largest purse in the history of men's or women's tennis.

Only the top eight women in the season qualify, with the standings determined not by rolling 52-week rankings but by the points compiled during the year to date thus far. Known as the ‘Road to Shenzhen' and sponsored by Porsche, these rankings provide an invaluable snapshot of which players are having the best year. Every woman on the WTA Tour wants to qualify and, as the season-ending event draws closer, the battles become fiercer, with duels for the last remaining spots often going down to the wire and adding an additional piquancy to the Asian and European events which follow the last Grand Slam of the year.

The eight women who qualify for the WTA Finals Shenzhen are drawn into two groups of four and compete in round-robin matches, with the top two players from each group reaching the semifinals. Then the slate is wiped clean as the top four compete in the semifinals and then the finals – which can lead to some unusual results, as we saw in 2015 when Agnieszka Radwanska won the WTA Finals Singapore despite having gone 1-2 in the group stages, defeating Garbine Muguruza and Petra Kvitova in the semifinals and final. The WTA Finals also features eight doubles teams competing in a similar format. In 2019, Elina Svitolina became the first undefeated champion at the WTA Finals since Serena Williams in 2013.

First played in 1972, the WTA Finals have been known by various names and played in different formats and cities since its inception, but its role as the climax of the WTA Tour season and one of its most prestigious and fiercely-sought prizes has not altered. Previous locations have included New York, Munich, Madrid, Qatar and Istanbul. In addition to the prize money which is now at record levels, the winner also lifts the Billie Jean King trophy, named for one of the most iconic athletes of all time.

Four-time champion Chris Evert was the first woman to triumph at the WTA Finals when she lifted the trophy in 1972, defeating Kerry Melville Reid in the final, although Evert was rapidly eclipsed by perpetual rival Martina Navratilova who still holds the record for most titles. Navratilova won the WTA Finals eight times between 1978 and 1986 and also finished runner-up four times in 1975, 1980, 1982 and 1989. Other multiple WTA Finals champions include five-time winner Steffi Graf, three-time champion Monica Seles and two-time champion Martina Hingis.

In recent years, Justine Henin (2006-7), Kim Clijsters (2002-3, 2009) and Amelie Mauresmo (2005) have all taken the WTA Finals title but no woman has been more successful than Serena Williams. The 23-time Grand Slam champion won the WTA Finals for the first time in 2001, took her second title eight years later in 2009 and went on to win a trio of titles in 2012-14. Williams hasn't played the event since, withdrawing in 2015 and 2016 due to injury and missing the WTA Finals in 2017 after giving birth to her daughter.

Other active WTA Finals champions include 2004 winner Maria Sharapova, who also finished runner-up in 2007 and 2012; 2008 champion Venus Williams; 2011 victor Petra Kvitova, who also finished runner-up in 2015 to Radwanska; and 2016 champion Dominika Cibulkova, who crowned a remarkable comeback from injury by defeating Australian Open and Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber in the Singapore final. 

The 2017 WTA Finals Singapore saw Caroline Wozniacki, the former world no. 1 and two-time US Open runner-up, cap a season which saw her reach a remarkable eight WTA Tour finals by defeating Simona Halep, Karolina Pliskova and Venus Williams to claim the biggest title of her career. Wozniacki would go on to win her first major title at the 2018 Australian Open. In 2018, Elina Svitolina came in as an underdog but won all three of her round-robin matches before defeating Kvitova and Pliskova to claim the biggest title of her career.

Will the 2019 WTA Finals, in their new home of Shenzhen, see another first-time winner?

WTA Finals Tournament Information

Fast facts about the WTA Finals Shenzhen

WTA FinalsShiseido WTA Finals Shenzhen
Dates27 October-3 November 2019
LocationShenzhen, China
VenueShenzhen Bay Sports Centre
CategoryYear-end championships
First played1972
Draw size8 singles players
8 doubles teams
SurfaceHard (indoors)
Prize moneyUS$4.75 million (undefeated champion)
Reigning singles championElina Svitolina
Reigning doubles championsTimea Babos/Kristina Mladenovic

WTA Finals Ranking Points

This table lists the ranking points awarded by the WTA Tour for reaching various rounds at the WTA Finals Shenzhen. 

WTA Finals Singapore ranking points

RoundPointsMaximum points
Round-robin250 for each win
150 for each loss
750
Final3301080
Champion4201500

WTA FINALS SHENZHEN PRIZE MONEY

Here is the prize money awarded for recording various results at the WTA Finals Shenzhen.

WTA FINALS CHAMPION
$4,725,000 – if undefeated (3 round-robin wins)
$4,420,000 – if 2 round-robin wins
$4,115,000 – if 1 round-robin win
 
WTA FINALS RUNNER-UP
$2,400,000 – if undefeated (3 round-robin wins)
$2,095,000 – if 2 round-robin wins
$1,790,000 – if 1 round-robin win
 
WTA FINALS SEMIFINALISTS
$1,300,000 – if undefeated (3 round-robin wins)
$995,000 – if 2 round-robin wins
$690,000 – if 1 round-robin win

WTA Finals Champions

Here is a list of all the players who have won the singles title at the season-ending WTA championships, which has been known by different names and played in different locations over the years.

Players who are still active in singles are given in bold.

Past winners of the WTA Finals

YearChampionRunner-upTournament nameLocation
1972Chris EvertKerry Melville ReidVirginia Slims ChampionshipsBoca Raton
1973Chris Evert (2)Nancy Richer GuntherVirginia Slims ChampionshipsBoca Raton
1974Evonne Goolagong CawleyChris EvertVirginia Slims ChampionshipsLos Angeles
1975Chris Evert (3)Martina NavratilovaVirginia Slims ChampionshipsLos Angeles
1976Evonne Goolagong Cawley (2)Chris EvertVirginia Slims ChampionshipsLos Angeles
1977Chris Evert (4)Sue BarkerVirginia Slims ChampionshipsNew York
1978Martina NavratilovaEvonne Goolagong CawleyVirginia Slims ChampionshipsOakland
1979Martina Navratilova (2)Tracy AustinAvon ChampionshipsNew York
1980Tracy AustinMartina NavratilovaAvon ChampionshipsNew York
1981Martina Navratilova (3)Andrea JaegerAvon ChampionshipsNew York
1982Sylvia HanikaMartina NavratilovaAvon ChampionshipsNew York
1983Martina Navratilova (4)Chris EvertVirginia Slims ChampionshipsNew York
1984Martina Navratilova (5)Chris EvertVirginia Slims ChampionshipsNew York
1985Martina Navratilova (6)Helena SukovaVirginia Slims ChampionshipsNew York
1986 (March)Martina Navratilova (7)Hana MandlikovaVirginia Slims ChampionshipsNew York
1986 (November)Martina Navratilova (8)Steffi GrafVirginia Slims ChampionshipsNew York
1987Steffi GrafGabriela SabatiniVirginia Slims ChampionshipsNew York
1988Gabriela SabatiniPam ShriverVirginia Slims ChampionshipsNew York
1989Steffi Graf (2)Martina NavratilovaVirginia Slims ChampionshipsNew York
1990Monica SelesGabriela SabatiniVirginia Slims ChampionshipsNew York
1991Monica Seles (2)Martina NavratilovaVirginia Slims ChampionshipsNew York
1992Monica Seles (3)Martina NavratilovaVirginia Slims ChampionshipsNew York
1993Steffi Graf (3)Arantxa Sanchez VicarioVirginia Slims ChampionshipsNew York
1994Gabriela Sabatini (2)Lindsay DavenportVirginia Slims ChampionshipsNew York
1995Steffi Graf (4)Anke HuberWTA Tour ChampionshipsNew York
1996Steffi Graf (5)Martina HingisChase ChampionshipsNew York
1997Jana NovotnaMary PierceChase ChampionshipsNew York
1998Martina HingisLindsay DavenportChase ChampionshipsNew York
1999Lindsay DavenportMartina HingisChase ChampionshipsNew York
2000Martina Hingis (2)Monica SelesChase ChampionshipsNew York
2001Serena WilliamsLindsay DavenportSanex ChampionshipsMunich
2002Kim ClijstersSerena WilliamsHome Depot ChampionshipsLos Angeles
2003Kim Clijsters (2)Amelie MauresmoBank of America WTA Tour ChampionshipsLos Angeles
2004Maria SharapovaSerena WilliamsWTA Tour ChampionshipsLos Angeles
2005Amelie MauresmoMary PierceSony Ericsson ChampionshipsLos Angeles
2006Justine HeninAmelie MauresmoSony Ericsson ChampionshipsMadrid
2007Justine Henin (2)Maria SharapovaSony Ericsson ChampionshipsMadrid
2008Venus WilliamsVera ZvonarevaSony Ericsson ChampionshipsDoha
2009Serena Williams (2)Venus WilliamsSony Ericsson ChampionshipsDoha
2010Kim Clijsters (3)Caroline WozniackiSony Ericsson ChampionshipsDoha
2011Petra KvitovaVictoria AzarenkaTEB-BNP Paribas WTA ChampionshipsIstanbul
2012Serena Williams (3)Maria SharapovaTEB-BNP Paribas WTA ChampionshipsIstanbul
2013Serena Williams (4)Li NaTEB-BNP Paribas WTA ChampionshipsIstanbul
2014Serena Williams (5)Simona HalepBNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC GlobalSingapore
2015Agnieszka RadwanskaPetra KvitovaBNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC GlobalSingapore
2016Dominika CibulkovaAngelique KerberBNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC GlobalSingapore
2017Caroline WozniackiVenus WilliamsBNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC GlobalSingapore
2018Elina SvitolinaKarolina PliskovaBNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC GlobalSingapore

WTA Finals Player Records

Most appearances at the WTA Finals

Here is a list of all the players who have competed at the WTA's season-ending championships, and the years in which they did so as well as their best result.

Players who are still active in singles are given in bold.

Most appearances at the WTA Finals since 2003

PlayerNo. of appearancesYear(s)Best result
Agnieszka Radwanska82008-9, 2011-16Champion (2015)
Maria Sharapova82004-7, 2011-12, 2015Champion (2004)
Elena Dementieva72003-6, 2007-10SF (2008)
Serena Williams72004, 2007-9, 2012-14Champion (2009, 2012-14)
Svetlana Kuznetsova62004, 2006-9, 2016SF (2016)
Petra Kvitova62011-15, 2018Champion (2011)
Caroline Wozniacki62009-11, 2014, 2017-2018Champion (2017)
Victoria Azarenka52009-13Runner-up (2011)
Jelena Jankovic52007-10, 2013SF (2008-9. 2013)
Angelique Kerber52012-13, 2015-16, 2018Runner-up (2016)
Vera Zvonareva52004, 2008-11Runner-up (2008)
Kim Clijsters42003, 2005-6, 2010Champion (2003, 2010)
Simona Halep42014-17Runner-up (2014)
Justine Henin32003, 2006-7Champion (2006-7)
Ana Ivanovic32007-8, 2014SF (2007)
Li Na32011-13Runner-up (2013)
Nadia Petrova32005-6, 2008RR (2005-6, 2008)
Karolina Pliskova32016-18Runner-up (2018)
Samantha Stosur32010-12SF (2010-11)
Venus Williams32008-9, 2017Champion (2008)
Marion Bartoli22007, 2011RR (2007, 2011)
Lindsay Davenport22004-5SF (2004)
Sara Errani22012-13RR (2012-13)
Garbine Muguruza22015-16SF (2015)
Anastasia Myskina22003-4SF (2003)
Dinara Safina22008-9RR (2008-9)
Elena Svitolina22017-2018Champion (2018)
Kiki Bertens12018SF (2018)
Eugenie Bouchard12014RR (2014)
Jennifer Capriati12003SF (2003)
Anna Chakvetadze12007SF (2007)
Dominika Cibulkova12016Champion (2016)
Daniela Hantuchova12007RR (2007)
Martina Hingis12006RR (2006)
Madison Keys12016RR (2016)
Naomi Osaka12018RR (2018)
Flavia Pennetta12015RR (2015)
Mary Pierce12005Runner-up (2005)
Chanda Rubin12003RR (2003)
Lucie Safarova12015RR (2015)
Francesca Schiavone12010RR (2010)
Patty Schnyder12005RR (2005)
Sloane Stephens12018SF (2018)
Ai Sugiyama12003RR (2003)

Most titles won at the WTA Finals

Here is a list of the players who have won the most titles at the WTA's season-ending championships.

Players who are still active in singles are given in bold.

Players who have won the most titles at the WTA Finals

PlayerNo. of titlesYear(s)
Martina Navratilova81978-9, 1981, 1983-6
Serena Williams52001, 2009, 2012-14
Steffi Graf51987, 1989, 1993, 1995, 1996
Chris Evert41972-3, 1975, 1977
Kim Clijsters32002-3, 2010
Monica Seles31990-2
Justine Henin22006-7
Martina Hingis21998, 2000
Gabriela Sabatini21988, 1994
Evonne Goolagong Cawley21974, 1976
Tracy Austin11980
Dominika Cibulkova12016
Lindsay Davenport11997
Sylvia Hanika11982
Petra Kvitova12011
Amelie Mauresmo12005
Jana Novotna11999
Agnieszka Radwanska12015
Maria Sharapova12004
Elina Svitolina12018
Venus Williams12008
Caroline Wozniacki12017

Most finals reached at the WTA Finals

Here is a list of the players who have reached the most finals at the WTA's season-ending championships.

Players who are still active in singles are given in bold.

Most finals reached at the WTA Finals

PlayerNo. of finals reachedYear(s)
Martina Navratilova141975, 1978-9, 1981-6, 1991-2
Chris Evert81972-77, 1983-4
Serena Williams72001-2, 2004, 2009, 2012-14
Steffi Graf61986-7, 1989, 1993, 1995-6
Lindsay Davenport41994, 1998-9, 2001
Martina Hingis41996, 1998-9, 2000
Gabriela Sabatini41987-8, 1990, 1994
Monica Seles41990-92, 2000
Kim Clijsters32002-3, 2010
Evonne Goolagong Cawley31974, 1976, 1978
Amelie Mauresmo32003, 2005-6
Maria Sharapova32004, 2007, 2012
Venus Williams32008-9, 2017
Tracy Austin21979-80
Justine Henin22006-7
Petra Kvitova22011, 2015
Mary Pierce21997, 2005
Caroline Wozniacki22010, 2017
Victoria Azarenka12011
Sue Barker11977
Simona Halep12014
Sylvia Hanika11982
Anke Huber11995
Andrea Jaeger11981
Angelique Kerber12016
Li Na12013
Hana Mandlikova11986
Kerry Melville Reid11972
Jana Novotna11997
Karolina Pliskova12018
Agnieszka Radwanska12015
Nancy Richey Gunter11973
Arantxa Sanchez Vicario11993
Pam Shriver11988
Helena Sukova11985
Elina Svitolina12018
Vera Zvonareva12008

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