Elina Svitolina's coach Andrew Bettles was asked if a potential $4.7 million prize money cheque will be a huge motivation for the Ukrainian if she wins the WTA Finals in Shenzhen. Bettles, as quoted by Reem Abuleil, said: "We don’t really discuss that.
If this tournament and 1500 points to win it isn’t motivation enough then I think you have a problem. She can draw confidence from the fact that she’s defended big tournaments before in Dubai and Rome. And take confidence the fact she likes the court, likes the surface, likes this tournament, likes playing big players.
It’s kind of worked well." Looking ahead to the upcoming match against Ashleigh Barty Svitolina added: "You have to be ready, you have to fight. Is the very, very last match of the season. I'm going to leave everything on the court and fight just to try to get another trophy here."
On the huge prize money at stake, Barty concluded: "I think that's the biggest thing, it's been a growth of women's sport. For me individually, and I think for all of us players individually, it's not something we think about.
It's more of kind of a general progression of putting our sport more on the map. I think we have the most beautiful sport, it's a global sport. Now we're getting more attention. I feel like we've earned that. As Micky has said a million times: We've come from nothing and now we're in this position where we're breaking records.
It's very special for our game, the WTA, all of the people behind the scenes that do so much hard work to try to put our sport on the map, try to create more of an interest globally."