The WTA Finals prizes: how much money has Garbiñe Muguruza won?
The last two best tennis players of the season who were left standing in the sports tournament of the WTA Finals, a tennis competition promoted in 1973 by tennis player Billie Jean King that brings together the best classified athletes every year, have beaten this morning in duel at the Akron stadium in the municipality of Zapopan, in the Mexican city of Guadalajara, in a final that already had a guaranteed Spanish presence after Garbiñe Muguruza and Paula Badosa met in the semifinals. The final contest of the tournament was finally played by the Hispanic-Venezuelan Muguruza - after defeating her compatriot 6-3 and 6-3 in two sets - against the Estonian tennis player Anett Kontaveit, in a match that coincided with the Spanish early morning with an untimely schedule and that ended with victory for the Spanish player in two sets with results 6-4 and 7-5. Thus, at dawn on Thursday, November 18, the individual and pairs circuit of the WTA Finals culminated in an edition in which the last champion of the individual competition, Ashleigh Barty, decided not to revalidate her 2019 triumph given the restrictions imposed in Australia by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus health crisis. In this sense, after achieving a good classification to sneak in as player number nine, Kontaveit made a place in the tournament becoming, at 25, the first Estonian player to play among the eight best of the season in the WTA Finals. That is why she started as a possible tough nut to crack for Muguruza, despite having already faced, with a victory for the Spanish, in a match during this championship. A feat that Muguruza has repeated in the final.
After raising Muguruza against Kontaveit, the tennis player has managed to be the first Spanish player to win the tournament trophy in this historic final in almost 50 years of her history. Participating as a couple in the doubles crosses, the last national representatives who won the victory were Nuria Llagostera Vives and María José Martínez Sánchez in 2009. Previously, they had left the high national flag Virginia Ruano Pascual, competing in doubles with the Argentine Paola Suárez in 2003 and Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario with Helena Sukova in 1992 and Jana Novotna in 2005.
On this occasion, as Muguruza's game prevailed against that of her rival - who has also made history in her country by taking second place -, the Spanish-Venezuelan has pocketed the competition's jackpot, valued at 1,680. 000 million dollars for the edition of this 2021, a figure that in euros translates into more than 1,485,000 euros if Robin's rounds of the classification are completed with victories only. However, Muguruza takes a little less than that prize after losing a match at the start of the WTA Finals, subtracting $ 110,000 from that amount, which makes the final financial prize more than 1,386,000 euros. For Kontaveit, runner-up in the tournament, they go a little less than $ 860,000, that is, $ 750,000, which in euros is more than 660,000 euros, since she also lost a previous duel with the Spanish.
As specified in the championship rules, the highest prize in the final is made up of $ 820,000 that the champion receives for the last victory of the competition; another 420,000, awarded for overcoming the semifinal played; $ 110,000 for each of the Robin rounds played and won - a total of three, which means that this amount can be as high as $ 330,000 in total -; plus another 110,000 finals for participation in the tournament. For the individual WTA Finals runner-up, the semi-final victory is valued at $ 420,000, to which is added the participation figure and the amount won for each round played.
For her part, the other Spanish woman who competed in Mexico and who was eliminated before Muguruza, Paula Badosa, has taken, according to what the tournament organization specifies about the prizes, 470,000 dollars, about 415,000 euros, to reach the semifinals, a monetary prize to which is added an additional $ 30,000 (about 26,500 euros) after losing. Since the very first edition of the WTA Finals, the tournament founded by Jean King placed great importance on equal opportunities between men and women in the world of tennis. In 2019, the Australian Asleigh Barty pocketed $ 4.42 billion, so the prize for the winner of this championship has been substantially reduced by pandemic.