The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) Finals are ranked as the fifth most prestigious WTA Tour event of a season after the four Grand Slam tournaments. The tournament takes place at the end of each season, and is exclusively for the top ranked female professional players in the game. Outside of the four majors, the WTA Finals has the largest prize money – around $14 million – and rewards the most ranking points. The tournament is held annually and, from 2019, it has taken place at the Shenzhen Bay Sports Centre in Shenzhen, China.
Table of Contents
- Best Betting Sites We Recommend for the WTA Finals
- WTA Finals 2021 Odds, Tips & Predictions
- Popular WTA Finals Betting Markets
- Tournament Structure for the WTA Finals
- History of the WTA Finals
- WTA Finals Betting FAQs
- ThePuntersPage Final Say
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WTA Finals 2021 Odds, Tips & Predictions
NOTE: Due to the global pandemic, as well as the recent decision by China’s General Administration of Sport, all seven WTA tournaments in China, of which the WTA Finals was one, have sadly been cancelled for 2020.
WTA Finals 2021 Odds
WTA Finals 2021 Tips & Predictions
Popular WTA Finals Betting Markets
The WTA Finals, like all good tennis tourneys, provides tennis fans and bettors with some amazing betting opportunities. We've compiled the most popular markets below.
Outright Tournament Winner
To place an outright winner’s bet on the overall tournament means that you are betting on a player to win the entire tournament. In the case of the WTA Finals, there are only eight players you can back once the last eight qualifiers have been finalised; however, you could try an early season ante-post bet if you fancy your chances.
Quite simply, a tennis match can only end in defeat for one player and victory for the other. There are no draws in tennis. To bet on the match winner is to pick the player that you think will win the match.
Winning By Sets
If you’re feeling really confident, you could try to predict the number of sets the match winner might win or collect in total. Remember, in the WTA Finals, the players are all much closer matched, so runaway wins are far less common.
Number of Aces Served
How many aces do you think will be served in a match? If there is a player who you believe is a big hitter and will serve a high number of aces, or better yet, two big hitters, then you might want to bet on the number of aces served within a pre-agreed range that comes with its own fixed odds.
Tournament Structure for the WTA Finals
The current structure of the WTA finals sees the championships begin with eight players split into two groups of 4 competing in a round-robin stage, where the top two players from each group progress to the semi-finals. The top finishing player from each group will play the runner-up from the other group in the semis, from where the victorious player from each semi-final moves on to contest the final.
All games are best of three sets, and the winner of the singles tournament receives the Billie Jean King Trophy. The championships also put up the most prize money outside of the four majors: Wimbledon, the US Open, the French Open and the Australian Open.
History of the WTA Finals
The championships began in Boca Raton, Florida in October 1972, when they were originally enjoyed as the highlight of a series of tournaments’ finale. After two years of taking place in October, the event was moved to March from 1975 until 1986, at which point the WTA rearranged their entire season to run from January through November. This meant the championships were moved back to October again, where they remain today.
It’s not just the date that has changed over the years, though. The championships have also had numerous homes, having been held in Los Angeles, California from 1974 to 1976 before moving to Madison Square Garden in New York City in 1977. The championships stayed in New York City (with the exception of a one-year move to Oakland, California in 1978), until the year 2001, when they were held in Munich, Germany.
The championships then returned to LA for the following three seasons before being held in Madrid, Spain for the 2006 and 2007 seasons. Doha, Qatar hosted the following three seasons followed by Istanbul, Turkey, who hosted until 2013, after which Singapore became home for a five-year run which came to an end in 2019, after which the tournament will be held in Shanghai as it is today.
Past Winners of the WTA Finals
|2014||Serena Williams||United States|
|2013||Serena Williams||United States|
|2012||Serena Williams||United States|
|2011||Petra Kvitová||Czech Republic|
|2009||Serena Williams||United States|
|2008||Venus Williams||United States|
|2001||Serena Williams||United States|
WTA Finals Key Stats
- The most successful finals player is Martina Navratilova, who has won eight singles and 13 doubles titles.
- Martina has also reached the final eight times, another championship record.
- In all, 17 USA professionals have reached the final here, which is more than any other nation.
WTA Finals Betting FAQs
🤔 Which are the best bookies for WTA Finals betting?
🎰 Where are the WTA Finals held?
The WTA Finals are held at the Shenzhen Bay Sports Centre in Shenzhen, China.
🏆 When are the WTA Finals held?
The WTA Finals are held annually in late October and finish in early November.
🎁 What will the weather be like then?
Shanghai can get cold between late October and November, and there is a chance of fog and rain. Fortunately, the Shenzhen Bay Sports Centre is an indoors facility.
💲 How much money is up for grabs?
The total prize money for the WTA Finals is $14,000,000.
ThePuntersPage Final Say
Taking place each year in late October, the WTA Finals provide an explosive end of season finale for women's professional tennis. The competition draws in all the biggest female names in the sport and provides one of the largest prize pools outside of the four majors. As such, the clash of talent here is unlike anything else outside what the majors have to offer, making it one of the biggest events in the game – and one that is brilliant for WTA finals betting.