Tennis - Following the announcement of the men's ATP Tour about its revised ranking system, the women's WTA Tour has also announced adjustments and revisions to the WTA Rankings for singles and doubles players.
WTA announces revised ranking system
Under the revised system, a player’s ranking will be based on their 16 best results in singles and 11 best results in doubles based on the ranking points earned between March 2019 through December 2020.
A player can use the "Better of 2019 and 2020" points earned at Tour-level and Grand Slam events and cannot count the same tournament result twice towards their ranking. Points added in 2020 will drop after the event is held again in 2021 or after 52 weeks, whichever is earlier.
The new system is also in alignment with the system being used by the men's ATP Tour. Under their usual system,the WTA rankings are based on a 52-week system with results from a player’s best 16 tournaments for singles and best 11 tournaments for doubles being used towards their rankings.
The WTA rankings have been frozen since March 16, 2020, which is when the professional tours were suspended, due to the global pandemic.
Meanwhile, for the Porsche Race to Shenzhen which is used to determine which players will qualify for the WTA Tour Finals, a player’s 16-best results from 2020 tournaments will be counted and a doubles team will count its 11-best results from 2020 with the Top 8 players and teams qualifying for the season-ending event.
Ranking system update:
After extensive review of the ranking process, the WTA Rankings will follow the "Better of 2019 and 2020" point model, in alignment with the ATP Tour--> https://t.co/qb83rnNuoZ pic.twitter.com/udN7fYxmCD — wta (@WTA) July 9, 2020
Ash Barty is the current World No. 1 in the WTA rankings, followed by Simona Halep at No. 2 and Karolina Pliskova at No. 3. The WTA Tour is set to resume in the first week of August as of now. The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) is the principal organizing body of women's professional tennis and governs the WTA Tour which is the worldwide professional tennis tour for women.
The Women's Tennis Association was founded in June 1973 by Billie Jean King. When the WTA was founded, Billie Jean King was one of nine players that comprised the WTA, which also included Julie Heldman, Valerie Ziegenfuss, Judy Dalton, Kristy Pigeon, Peaches Bartkowicz, Kerry Melville Reid, Nancy Richey, and Rosie Casals. Currently, the WTA has more than 2,500 players from nearly 100 countries competing for $146 million in prize money.