Women’s WTA Tennis Rankings

Get the latest women’s singles and doubles tennis rankings for the WTA world tour.

#1 – Serena Williams

#2 – Victoria Azarenka

#3 – Li Na

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Learn About Women’s Tennis Rankings

Overview

Women’s WTA Rankings Overview

Are you curious about how the latest women’s tennis rankings are calculated? If so, you’ve come to the right place.

If you’re unfamiliar the WTA rankings system can seem a bit complex, especially in comparison to other women’s sports, but the good news is that it’s pretty straightforward once you grasp the basics.

At TennisCompanion we believe all tennis players and fans should understand the basics of how the women’s tennis rankings are calculated. As a result, we put together this handy section to help you learn.

Ranking System

Women’s WTA Ranking System

As you are most likely aware, women’s tennis rankings are calculated using a simple point system. In essence, the more points a player accumulates the higher their ranking. All players have the ability to accumulate points through the participation in various tournaments that meet the WTA eligibility criteria. The further a player advances through a tournament the more points they have the ability to earn.

Pretty straightforward, right?

However, as you may have guessed the distribution of points varies depending on the level of tournament. For example, winning Wimbledon will help you earn more points than winning one of the smaller Premier tournament events.

Recognizing this, let’s take a look at the types of tournaments that make up the WTA world tour.

Tier 1: Women’s ATP World Tour

Easily the most well known group of tournaments, the World Tour is the highest level of women’s tennis competition. Tournaments include the Grand Slams, Tour Championships, Premier and international tournaments.

Grand Slams
As every tennis player knows the Grand Slams, often referred to as the majors, are the most prestigious tournaments. As a result, they attract the most competitive field of players and provide players with the biggest opportunity for earning points. These tournaments include the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open.

WTA Tour Championships
Right behind the Grand Slams, the women’s Tour Championships is the equivalent of the ATP World Tour Finals on the men’s circuit. Played at the end of each season this tournament is rather unique in that it only involves the top 8 singles players and uses a round robin format.

Fun fact: It was also the only women’s tournament to ever run best of five matches from 1984-1998.

WTA Premier Tournaments
The WTA Premier Tournaments are a collection of three categories of tournaments including: Premier Mandatory, Premier 5 and Premier events. Each year there are four Premier Mandatory, five Premier 5 and 12 Premier tournaments held around the world including events in Indian Wells, Miami, Dubai and Tokyo.

WTA International Tournaments
A level below the Premier Tournaments, the International series of tournaments is made up of a broad set of 30 tournaments. This includes 29 standard International tournaments as well as the Tournament of Champions held at the end of each season.

Tier 2: Women’s 125k Series

At the second highest tier of women’s professional tennis, the 125k Series (also referred to as the 125s) is where many women earn enough ranking points to qualify for World Tour tournaments. Each year there are 5 125k Series tournaments held and as you may have guessed the prize money for each tournament is $125,000.

Tier 3: Women’s ITF Tournaments

Lastly, the third and final tier of women’s professional tennis are the ITF Tournaments. These tournaments are run by the International Tennis Federation (ITF), a separate entity from the WTA, and provide aspiring women’s tennis players with the ability to earn enough points to move into WTA tournaments.

Now that you have a good understanding of the types of women’s tennis tournaments you’ve probably guessed that the number of available points depends on the level of tournament. In other words, the higher the level the more points a player has the opportunity to accumulate. If so, you’re right on track!

For the top women’s players tennis rankings are calculated on a rolling basis over the past 52 weeks by totaling a players points from the following tournaments:

  • Four Grand Slams
  • Premier Mandatory Tournaments
  • Premier WTA Championships
  • Best 2 Premier 5 Tournaments

In order to get a more complete understanding of how points are awarded, we find it can be helpful to view a table that breaks down the point distribution across all women’s professional tennis tournaments.

Point Distribution

Women’s WTA Point Distribution

In the table below you’ll find a breakdown of the current women’s WTA point distribution. On the left hand side the type of tournament is listed and across the top there are abbreviations for the tournament round – each of these will line up with the number of points that are rewarded.

*H – denotes hospitality or that the tournament covers food and lodging for players

Description W F SF QF R
16
R
32
R
64
R
128
QLFR Q3 Q2 Q1
Grand Slam (S) 2000 1400 900 500 280 160 100 5 60 50 40 2
Grand Slam (D) 2000 1400 900 500 280 160 5 48
WTA Tour Championships (S) +450 +360 (230 for each round robin match won
70 for each round robin match lost)
WTA Tour Championships (D) 1500 1050 690
Premier Mandatory (96S) 1000 700 450 250 140 80 50 5 30 20 1
Premier Mandatory (64S) 1000 700 450 250 140 80 5 30 20 1
Premier Mandatory (28/32D) 1000 700 450 250 140 5
Premier 5 (56S) 900 620 395 225 125 70 1 30 20 1
Premier 5 (28D) 900 620 395 225 125 1
Olympics 685 470 340 (bronze)
260 (4th)
175 95 55 1
Premier (56S) 470 320 200 120 60 40 1 12 8 1
Premier (32S) 470 320 200 120 60 1 20 12 8 1
Premier (16D) 470 320 200 120 1
Tournament of Champions +195 +75 (60 for each win, 25 for each loss)
International (56S) 280 200 130 70 30 15 1 10 6 1
International (32S) 280 200 130 70 30 1 16 10 6 1
International (16D) 280 200 130 70 1
Challenger $125,000 (32S) 160 117 85 44 22 1 6 4 1
Challenger $125,000 (16D) 160 117 85 44 1
ITF $100,000 + H(32) 150 110 80 40 20 1 6 4 1
ITF $100,000 + H(16) 150 110 80 40 1
ITF $100,000 (32) 140 100 70 36 18 1 6 4 1
ITF $100,000 (16) 140 100 70 36 1
ITF $75,000 + H(32) 130 90 58 32 16 1 6 4 1
ITF $75,000 + H(16) 130 90 58 32 1
ITF $75,000 (32) 110 78 50 30 14 1 6 4 1
ITF $75,000 (16) 110 78 50 30 1
ITF $50,000 + H(32) 90 64 40 24 12 1 6 4 1
ITF $50,000 + H(16) 90 64 40 24 1
ITF $50,000 (32) 70 50 32 18 10 1 6 4 1
ITF $50,000 (16) 70 50 32 18 1
ITF $25,000 (32) 50 34 24 14 8 1 1
ITF $25,000 (16) 50 34 24 14 1
ITF $10,000 (32) 12 8 6 4 1
ITF $10,000 (16) 12 8 6 1 0
FAQ

How can I learn more about WTA World Tour rankings?
We’re glad you asked! In order to keep things simple we left out many of the more specific details, however there are some great resources out there if you’d like to learn more. The following resources are a great place to start:

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