The 2014 Australian Open women’s singles event provides a great opportunity for players to achieve three of the top handful of most coveted goals in women’s tennis: winning a Grand Slam title, earning more ranking points towards qualifying for the year-end WTA Championships in Singapore and achieving a career-high ranking.
The four Grand Slam tournaments offer the highest number of ranking points possible out of all the tournaments throughout the year. Interestingly, the 2,000 points a Grand Slam champion earns for winning the title is more than half the total number of points that were needed to qualify for the 2013 WTA Championships.
The quantity of points allocated to the players in the women’s draw are all different to what the male players receive for reaching the same round of the same tournament. The only exception is for that both the women’s and men’s champions collect 2,000 points.
Every other woman in the main draw will receive more points than her male counterpart except for the first round losers. OnCourt Advantage details the women’s points and a comparison to the men’s points, which is the tally in brackets after the women’s points per round below.
This is how the WTA ranking points are awarded for the 2014 women’s singles draw:
The winner earns 2,000 points;
The runner-up earns 1,400 points (1200);
The two semi finalists earn 900 points (720);
The four quarter finalists earn 500 points (360);
The 8 players who lose in the round of 16 earn 280 points (180);
The 16 players who lose in the 3rd round earn 160 points (90);
The 32 players who lose in the 2nd round earn 100 points (45); and
The *players who lose in the 1st round earn 5 points (10).
*The points awarded to a 1st round loser vary according to how they were allocated a place in the 1st round. Further details about each of the different scenarios for points allocation to 1st round losers will be covered in the Australian Open 2014 Women’s Singles Draw: Qualifying post once it is completed.
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