WTA World Tour Previews, Predictions & Betting Tips

The WTA Tour is a professional tennis circuit organised by the Women's Tennis Association (WTA), the organising body of women's professional tennis. The WTA Tour has more than 2500 players from almost 100 countries and the 2019 WTA Tour features 63 tournaments.

The WTA Tour includes the Grand Slam tournaments (Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and US Open), WTA Premier tournaments, Premier 5, WTA International tournaments, Fed Cup, WTA Tour Championships, WTA Elite Trophy and the Hopman Cup.

The WTA headquarters are located in St. Petersburg, Florida, United States with its European headquarters in London, England and its Asia-Pacific headquarters in Beijing, China.

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WTA Tour History

The Open Era began in 1968 which saw professional tennis players allowed to compete with amateurs. There two professional tennis circuits were the World Championship Tennis (WCT) exclusively for men only and the National Tennis League (NTL). 

High profile women tennis players Ann Jones, Rosie Casals, Françoise Dürr, and Billie Jean King joined the NTL, competing in the US Open and Wimbledon but also organising their own tournaments in France. There was a dispute with the International Tennis Federation (ITF) who banned those players from competing in the 1968 and 1969 Wightman Cups.

There was great disparity in the prize money for men and women which caused concern. Billie Jean King was the main instigator, saying “Promoters were making more money than women. Male tennis players were making more money. Everybody was making more money except the women”.

Margaret Court won the Grand Slam in 1970 and received a $15,000 bonus compared to the $1 million men could earn. The turning point came before the 1970 US Open, when the 1970 Pacific Southwest Championships announced a 12:1 ratio in prize money for men and women.

Several women players threatened to boycott the event, with World Tennis Magazine publisher Gladys Heldman creating the 1970 Houston Women's Invitation for nine players. These nine players including Billie Jean King, Julie Heldman, Valerie Ziegenfuss, Judy Dalton, Kristy Pigeon, Peaches Bartkowicz, Kerry Melville Reid, Nancy Richey, Rosie Casals and Heldman created the Virginia Slims Circuit that included 19 tournaments in the United States alongside one in Puerto Rico. The Virginia Slims Circuit was the precursor to the WTA Tour. 

In 1971 Billie Jean King became the first female athlete to exceed $100,000 in earnings in a single year. The WTA was founded at a meeting instigated by Billie Jean King at Gloucester Hotel, London a week before the 1973 Wimbledon Championships. The WTA got a boost after signing it’s first television broadcast contract with CBS in 1975.

Colgate took over sponsorship of the WTA Tour from April to November 1976. In 1976 Chris Evert became the first female athlete to win over $1,000,000 in career earnings.

In 1977 women’s tennis was the first professional sport to allow transgender women to compete after the New York Supreme Court ruled in favour of Renée Richards. Avon replaced Virginia Slims as the winter circuit sponsor in 1979 which saw the largest prize money for a single tournament at the Avon Championships - $100,000 - which was the most in WTA tennis history.

The Colgate Series became the Toyota Series in 1981 and expanded to include tournaments from around the world. 

By 1980, over 250 women were playing professionally, and the circuit consisted of 47 global events, offering a total of $7.2 million in prize money. These increased financial opportunities allowed for groundbreaking developments not only in tennis, but across women's sports.

In 1982 Martina Navratilova became the first female athlete to win over $1,000,000 in a single year, with her single year earnings surpassing $2,000,000 in 1984. 

The Avon circuit remained for tournament in the United States, and in 1983 the Toyota Series and Avon circuit merged under the sponsorship of Virginia Slims. Every WTA  Tour tournament then became part of the Virginia Slims World Championships Series.

Virginia Slims sponsored women's tennis from 1970 to 1978 and from 1983 to 1994, when they received criticism for connecting tobacco advertising to healthy female athletes.

The Australian Open joined the US Open in offering women equal prize money in 1984, but that can cancelled between 1996 and 2000. In 1995 the WTA Players Association merged with the Women's Tennis Council to form the WTA Tour.

In 1997 Martina Hingis became the first female athlete to earn over $3,000,000 in a single year. In 2003 Kim Clijsters exceeded $4,000,000 million in earnings for a single year. In 2006 Venus Williams and the WTA pushed for equal prize money at both the French Open and Wimbledon.
2007 was a historic year in pay equality for men and women, equal prize money initiated at the French Open and Wimbledon which meant all four Grand Slams offered equality. The change saw Justine Henin earn over $5,000,000 in 2007, Serena Williams eclipsing that figure  in 2009 when se won over $6.5 million. 

Serena Williams went on to win 23 Grand Slams as of 2019, one behind Margaret Court for total singles titles in women's tennis with a total prize money of more than $90,000,000.

The WTA ultimately succeeded in creating an improved future for women's tennis. Today, the WTA has more than 2,500 players from almost 100 countries that compete for $146 million in prize money.

WTA Tour Tournaments

The 2019 WTA Tour competitive season includes 63 tournaments including the four Grand Slams (supervised by the International Tennis Federation (ITF), WTA Premier tournaments (Premier Mandatory, Premier 5, and regular Premier), the WTA International tournaments, the Fed Cup (organised by the ITF), the year-end championships (the WTA Tour Championships and the WTA Elite Trophy). 

These events take place in 30 countries. The season concludes with the WTA Finals and the WTA Elite Trophy. The Hopman Cup is also organised by the ITF and does not distribute ranking points.

What are the WTA Grand Slams?

The Grand Slam tennis tournaments are also called majors and are the four most significant tournaments in tennis. The Grand Slams offer the most ranking points, prize money, strength and size of field. 

The Grand Slam’s start with the Australian Open in January, the French Open in late May to early June, Wimbledon Championships in June and July and the US Open in August and September. Each Grand Slam is contested over two weeks.

The Australian Open and US Open are played on hard courts, the French Open on clay and Wimbledon on grass. Wimbledon is the oldest followed by the US Open, French Open and the Australian Open.
The women’s Grand Slam tournaments are not organised by the Women's Tennis Association (WTA), but by the International Tennis Federation (ITF). The WTA does award ranking points based on a performances at each Grand Slam.

What are the WTA Premier Tournaments?

WTA Premier Tournaments include four "Premier Mandatory" events in Indian Wells, Miami, Madrid, and Beijing, five "Premier 5" events in Dubai, Rome, Cincinnati, Toronto/Montreal and Wuhan and twelve "Premier" events including Brisbane, Sydney, St. Petersburg, Doha, Charleston, Stuttgart, Birmingham, Eastbourne International, San Jose, Zhengzhou, Tokyo and Moscow.

What are the WTA International Tournaments?

The WTA International Tournaments replaced the previous Tier III and Tier IV categories. The 2019 WTA Tour features 32 tournaments including the Auckland Open, Shenzhen Open, Hobart International, Hua Hin Championships, Budapest Grand Prix, Mexican Open, Monterrey Open, Ladies Open Lugano, Copa Colsanitas, İstanbul Cup, Morocco Open, Prague Open, Internationaux de Strasbourg, Nuremberg Cup, Nottingham Open, Rosmalen Championships, Mallorca Open, Bucharest Open, Swiss Open, Baltic Open, Palermo International, Washington Open, Tournoi de Québec, Japan Open, Jiangxi Open, Korea Open, Guangzhou Open, Tashkent Open, Tianjin Open, Hong Kong Open, Linz Open and Luxembourg Open.

What is the WTA Fed Cup?

The Fed Cup is the premier international team competition in women's tennis, the world's largest yearly women's international team sports competition in terms of the quantity of nations competing. The men's equivalent of the Fed Cup is the Davis Cup. 

What are the WTA Finals?

The WTA Finals were formerly known as the WTA Tour Championships and is contested at the conclusion of the tennis season for the top-ranked players. Since 2003 the WTA Finals features the top eight ranked singles players divided into two round-robin groups and eight doubles teams.

The WTA Finals has the largest prize money and ranking points after the four Grand Slams.

What is the WTA Elite Trophy?

The WTA Elite Trophy is the second-tier women's tennis tournament on the WTA Tour. It succeeded the WTA Tournament of Champions which took place from 2009 to 2014. The singles event features 12 players (9th to 19th on the WTA rankings and one wildcard).

WTA Tour Players

The WTA has more than 2,500 players from almost 100 countries. Some of the best women’s tennis players of all time include Helen Wills Moody, Margaret Court, Maureen Connolly, Suzanne Lenglen, Althea Gibson, Billie Jean King, Evonne Goolagong Cawley, Maria Bueno, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Steffi Graf, Martina Hingis, Monica Seles, Kim Clijsters, Lindsay Davenport, Arantxa Sánchez Vicario, Venus Williams, Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams.

WTA Tour Results

Stay up to date with all the results at the WTA Tour tournaments at the WTA Tour website. This is a great way to stay on top of which players are climbing the rankings and going under the radar. Increase your knowledge of all the players on the WTA Tour to icrease your chances of beating the bookmakers and building your bankroll.

WTA Tour Free Bets

All the main online bookmakers will offer free bets for WTA Tour tournaments and promotions including boosted odds and sign-up offers. Our bookmaker reviews includes all the information you need to choose the best bookmaker depending on your country of residence. 

WTA Tour Bet of the Day

We cover all the WTA Tour tournaments with matches part of our bet of the day. We have a bet of the day for each tournament where we pick our best bet from each day of tennis action. Our bet of the day could be a win bet, handicap tip or total games over or under tip.

WTA Tour Live Streaming

Watch WTA Tour matches with the bet365 live streaming service. 18+ and geo-restrictions apply, visit bet365 for the full terms and conditions.

There are a number of sports available including tennis, football, baseball, basketball and cricket. Live streaming with bet365 allows you to switch between live-action and betting markets with a funded sports betting account and an internet connection.

WTA Tour Highlights & Replays

There are thousands of matches on the WTA Tour which means it is impossible to watch every one. Subscribe to the WTA Youtube Channel to watch highlights, player features and interviews, documentaries and best shots of the day.

WTA Tour News

Stay up to date with all the latest news from the WTA Tour at the WTA Tour website. You can find all the relevant news for every tournament, player HTH statistics and information to help you stay on top of all the players and tournaments.

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2019 WTA Tour Schedule

December 31 Hopman Cup Perth, Australia Hard International
December 31 Brisbane International Brisbane, Australia Hard WTA Premier
December 31 Shenzhen Open Shenzhen, China Hard WTA International
December 31 Auckland Open Auckland, New Zealand Hard WTA International
January 7 Sydney International Sydney, Australia Hard WTA Premier
January 7 Hobart International Hobart, Australia Hard WTA International
January 14 Australian Open Melbourne, Australia Hard Grand Slam
January 28 St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy Saint Petersburg, Russia Hard WTA Premier
January 28 Thailand Open Hua Hin, Thailand Hard WTA International
February 4 Fed Cup Quarterfinals  Various Hard International
February 11 Qatar Open Doha, Qatar Hard WTA Premier
February 18 Dubai Tennis Championships Dubai, United Arab Emirates  Hard WTA Premier 5
February 18 Hungarian Ladies Open Budapest, Hungary Hard WTA International
February 25 Mexican Open Acapulco, Mexico Hard WTA International
March 4 Indian Wells Open Indian Wells, United States Hard WTA Premier Mandatory
March 18 Miami Open Miami, United States Hard WTA Premier Mandatory
April 1 Charleston Open Charleston, United States Clay WTA Premier
April 1 Monterrey Open Monterrey, Mexico Hard WTA International
April 8 Ladies Open Lugano Lugano, Switzerland Clay WTA International
April 8 Copa Colsanitas Bogotá, Colombia Clay WTA International
April 15 Fed Cup Semifinals  Various Various International
April 22 Stuttgart Open Stuttgart, Germany Clay WTA Premier
April 22 İstanbul Cup İstanbul, Turkey Clay WTA International
April 29 Prague Open Prague, Czech Republic Clay WTA International
April 29 Morocco Open Rabat, Morocco Clay WTA International
May 6 Madrid Open  Madrid, Spain  Clay WTA Premier Mandatory 
May 13 Italian Open Rome, Italy Clay WTA Premier 5
May 20 Internationaux de Strasbourg Strasbourg, France Clay WTA International
May 20 Nürnberg Cup Nürnberg, Germany Clay WTA International
May 27 French Open Paris, France Clay Grand Slam
June 10 Nottingham Open Nottingham, United Kingdom Grass WTA International
June 10 Rosmalen Grass Court Championships 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands Grass WTA International
June 17 Birmingham Classic Birmingham, United Kingdom Grass WTA Premier
June 17 Mallorca Open Santa Ponsa, Spain Grass WTA International
June 24 Eastbourne International Eastbourne, United Kingdom Grass WTA Premier
July 1 Wimbledon London, United Kingdom Grass Grand Slam
July 15 Bucharest Open  Bucharest, Romania Clay WTA International
July 15 Ladies Open Lausanne Lausanne, Switzerland Clay WTA International
July 22 Baltic Open  Jūrmala, Latvia Clay WTA International
July 22 Palermo International Palermo, Italy Clay WTA International
July 29 Silicon Valley Classic San Jose, United States Hard WTA Premier
July 29 Washington Open Washington D.C., United States Hard WTA International
August 5 Canadian Open Toronto, Canada Hard WTA Premier 5
August 12 Cincinnati Open Cincinnati, United States Hard WTA Premier 5
August 19 Bronx Open New York City, United States Hard WTA International
August 26 US Open New York City, United States Hard Grand Slam
September 9 Zhengzhou Open Zhengzhou, China Hard WTA Premier
September 9 Japan Women's Open Hiroshima, Japan Hard WTA International
September 9 Jiangxi Open Nanchang, China Hard WTA International
September 16 Pan Pacific Open Osaka, Japan Hard WTA Premier
September 16 Guangzhou Open Guangzhou, China Hard WTA International
September 16 Korea Open Seoul, South Korea Hard WTA International
September 23 Wuhan Open Wuhan, China Hard WTA Premier 5
September 23 Tashkent Open Tashkent, Uzbekistan Hard WTA International
September 30 China Open Beijing, China Hard WTA Premier Mandatory
October 7 Hong Kong Open Hong Kong Hard WTA International
October 7 Tianjin Open Tianjin, China Hard WTA International
October 7 Linz Open Linz, Austria Hard WTA International
October 14 Kremlin Cup Moscow, Russia Hard WTA Premier
October 14 Luxembourg Open Luxembourg City, Luxembourg Hard WTA International
October 21 WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai, China Hard Year-end championships
October 28 WTA Finals Shenzhen, China Hard Year-end championships
November 4 Fed Cup Final Perth, Australia Hard International

WTA Singles Rankings (at 16 September 2019)

1 Australia Ashleigh Barty 23 6501 16
2 Czech Republic Karolina Pliskova 27 6415 22
3 Ukraine Elina Svitolina 25 5131 21
4 Japan Naomi Osaka 21 4846 17
5 Canada Bianca Andreescu 19 4835 16
6 Romania Simona Halep 27 4803 17
7 Czech Republic Petra Kvitova 29 4326 17
8 Netherlands Kiki Bertens 27 4325 27
9 USA Serena Williams 37 3935 11
10 Switzerland Belinda Bencic 22 3738 26
11 Great Britain Johanna Konta 28 3115 20
12 China Qiang Wang 27 2893 21
13 Belarus Aryna Sabalenka 21 2785 25
14 USA Sloane Stephens 26 2769 21
15 Germany Angelique Kerber 31 2750 21
16 USA Madison Keys 24 2727 15
17 Denmark Caroline Wozniacki 29 2597 18
18 Latvia Anastasija Sevastova 29 2517 24
19 Estonia Anett Kontaveit 23 2500 22
20 USA Sofia Kenin 20 2450 23
21 Croatia Donna Vekic 23 2420 22
22 Czech Republic Marketa Vondrousova 20 2410 11
23 Croatia Petra Martic 28 2383 17
24 Belgium Elise Mertens 23 2110 26
25 Germany Julia Goerges 30 1955 23
26 Spain Garbiñe Muguruza 25 1860 19
27 Greece Maria Sakkari 24 1860 25
28 Ukraine Dayana Yastremska 19 1795 21
29 USA Amanda Anisimova 18 1727 16
30 France Caroline Garcia 25 1711 26
31 Czech Republic Barbora Strycova 33 1630 22
32 USA Alison Riske 29 1620 23
33 Taipei Su-Wei Hsieh 33 1610 25
34 China Shuai Zhang 30 1575 25
35 USA Danielle Collins 25 1554 19
36 Kazakhstan Yulia Putintseva 24 1500 24
37 China Saisai Zheng 25 1380 27
38 Czech Republic Katerina Siniakova 23 1340 27
39 Russia Ekaterina Alexandrova 24 1333 26
40 Russia Daria Kasatkina 22 1270 21
41 Russia Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 28 1240 22
42 Australia Ajla Tomljanovic 26 1230 27
43 Belarus Victoria Azarenka 30 1215 18
44 France Kristina Mladenovic 26 1180 27
45 Czech Republic Karolina Muchova 23 1159 12
46 Russia Veronika Kudermetova 22 1154 26
47 Spain Carla Suárez Navarro 31 1142 21
48 Poland Magda Linette 27 1113 28
49 Kazakhstan Elena Rybakina 20 1078 27
50 Belarus Aliaksandra Sasnovich 25 1071 22
51 Slovenia Polona Hercog 28 1064 23
52 Sweden Rebecca Peterson 24 1055 21
53 Slovakia Viktoria Kuzmova 21 1045 27
54 Italy Camila Giorgi 27 1044 17
55 Tunisia Ons Jabeur 25 1035 20
56 Russia Margarita Gasparyan 25 1029 24
57 France Alizé Cornet 29 1020 26
58 China Yafan Wang 25 1020 26
59 USA Venus Williams 39 1012 14
60 Poland Iga Swiatek 18 1011 15
61 France Fiona Ferro 22 1004 29
62 Belgium Alison Van Uytvanck 25 985 25
63 Czech Republic Marie Bouzkova 21 970 27
64 USA Lauren Davis 25 964 23
65 Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova 34 936 11
66 USA Jennifer Brady 24 917 24
67 Slovenia Tamara Zidansek 21 910 25
68 Ukraine Lesia Tsurenko 30 907 19
69 Puerto Rico Monica Puig 25 893 21
70 Switzerland Jil Teichmann 22 890 27
71 USA Bernarda Pera 24 856 25
72 Ukraine Kateryna Kozlova 25 851 24
73 Switzerland Viktorija Golubic 26 847 25
74 Latvia Jelena Ostapenko 22 845 27
75 Russia Anastasia Potapova 18 844 22
76 Russia Anna Blinkova 21 837 28
77 Germany Andrea Petkovic 32 815 25
78 USA Jessica Pegula 25 812 21
79 Germany Laura Siegemund 31 780 26
80 USA Madison Brengle 29 774 30
81 Czech Republic Kristyna Pliskova 27 768 26
82 Spain Sara Sorribes Tormo 22 760 32
83 Japan Misaki Doi 28 750 28
84 USA Taylor Townsend 23 740 15
85 Kazakhstan Zarina Diyas 25 730 23
86 Germany Tatjana Maria 32 708 32
87 Japan Nao Hibino 24 684 31
88 Spain Paula Badosa 21 680 31
89 Australia Astra Sharma 24 674 24
90 Serbia Ivana Jorovic 22 658 22
91 Spain Aliona Bolsova 21 647 21
92 Hungary Timea Babos 26 643 25
93 USA Kristie Ahn 27 641 25
94 Switzerland Timea Bacsinszky 30 639 21
95 Romania Sorana Cirstea 29 633 22
96 Slovakia Dominika Cibulkova 30 632 14
97 Russia Natalia Vikhlyantseva 22 630 24
98 Romania Irina-Camelia Begu 29 616 23
99 Brazil Beatriz Haddad Maia 23 609 20
100 USA Christina Mchale 27 606 28

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