This 12 months’s tennis Grand Slams — the 4 maximum prestigious tournaments — have all been performed. However the greatest payday nonetheless awaits on the Girls’s Tennis Affiliation Finals, which get started Sunday in China.

That is the final tournament of the season. Canada’s Bianca Andreescu is there. Here is what else you wish to have to find out about it:

Who else is taking part in?

There is each a singles and a doubles event on the WTA Finals, and Canada’s Gabriela Dabrowski is competing within the doubles along with her Chinese language teammate Xu Yifan. However we are simply going to concentrate on the singles right here. As at any giant tennis tournament, that is the event other people in reality care about.

Handiest the highest 8 girls on the planet are invited to the singles event. From best possible seed to lowest, they’re: Australia’s Ash Barty, Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova, Japan’s Naomi Osaka, Andreescu, Romania’s Simona Halep, Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova, Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic and protecting champ Elina Svitolina of Ukraine. Serena Williams didn’t qualify.

How does it paintings?

Not like maximum tennis tournaments, which might be unmarried removal, the Finals observe a round-robin structure. The avid gamers are divided into two teams. Andreescu is within the pink team with the No. 2 seed Pliskova, No. five Halep and No. eight Svitolina. Everybody else is within the crimson team.

You play everybody on your team as soon as, and when that is excessive two avid gamers in every team advance to the semifinals. From there, it is unmarried knockout. The participant with the most efficient document in her team faces the second-place participant within the different team. Then the winners sq. off for the championship. The semifinals are on Saturday, Nov 2. The general is the following day.

What quantity of money is at stake?

A ton. A Eastern cosmetics logo signed on as the brand new name sponsor this 12 months, and the entire prize cash doubled. Relying on what number of video games she wins within the round-robin, the champion will stroll away with a minimum of $4.42 million US and up to $4.725 million.

Both manner, that is the greatest money prize in tennis historical past. The U.S. Open is the richest of the 4 Grand Slams, and this 12 months it introduced a document handbag. However Andreescu and males’s champ Rafael Nadal nonetheless earned “handiest” $3.85 million.

The lads’s an identical of the WTA Finals — the ATP Finals — does not pay just about as smartly. Probably the most the champion can win this 12 months is simply north of $2.7 million. A lot has been product of the pay hole in professional sports activities, and for just right explanation why. However the tennis Finals flip that on its head.

How do the payouts ruin down?

Everybody will get a $385,000 look charge only for appearing up. A round-robin win is value $305Ok. Qualifying for the semifinals is not value any more cash by itself, however it will give you the chance to make extra. A win in that around promises you a minimum of any other $1.1 million as a result of that is what the loser of the overall fit wallet. Successful the championship earns you $3.425 million.

All of the singles girls. (Clive Brunskill/Getty Pictures)

What about scores issues?

Numerous the ones are up for grabs too. Simply finishing a round-robin fit is value 125 issues. A win is value an additional 125. The event runner-up provides any other 330 issues to her general, and the champion provides 750. So a champ who went undefeated within the around robin walks away with 1,500 issues. 

That makes this probably the most treasured event of the season outdoor of the Slams, which award 2,000 issues to the champion. The following-highest tier — the so-called Premier Necessary occasions, like the only at Indian Wells that Andreescu received again in March — offers 1,000 issues to the winner.

Can Bianca succeed in No. 1?

No. In truth, it is extremely not likely any person catches Barty. The scores gadget is sophisticated, however apparently that Barty may be able to lose all 3 of her round-robin fits and also have sufficient issues to carry off No. 2 Pliskova and No. Three Osaka.

However Bianca can nonetheless be the folk’s champ, with the intention to discuss. Maximum fanatics would imagine her the real absolute best participant on the planet at the present time if she wins this event. If so, she’ll have received the 2 greatest tournaments of the final two months (this and the U.S. Open) plus two different high-end titles prior to that: the Rogers Cup in early August and Indian Wells in March. A shoulder harm robbed her of the time in between, but if wholesome she’s been just about unbeatable since early March. Her handiest non-injury-related loss in that point used to be her quarter-final defeat to Osaka at a Premier Necessary tournament in China in early October.

What else is at stake for her?

A WTA Finals name may just make Andreescu the front-runner for participant of the 12 months. Barty has been very constant all season, however electorate for this sort of award (in any game) have a tendency to praise flashier performances — particularly those who took place extra lately. Benefit: Andreescu.

Bianca additionally has a possibility to achieve the best possible rating ever for a Canadian tennis participant. Her present rating of No. Four is already the most efficient ever by way of a Canadian girl, and she or he’s were given an actual shot at topping the No. Three rating Milos Raonic completed at the males’s excursion. Pliskova and Osaka have been handiest 344 and 275 issues forward of Andreescu, respectively, within the unofficial reside scores on Friday.

On the finish of the 2018 calendar 12 months, canadian tennis sensation Bianca Andreescu used to be ranked 152nd on the planet. Now, she’s ranked fourth. How on the planet did she get right here? 2:18

How does Andreescu stack up along with her team?

Really well. The top-seeded participant, Pliskova, leads the excursion this 12 months with 4 event titles. However she did not win a Premier Necessary and her absolute best appearing in a Slam used to be a semifinal.

Halep received the largest event of all — Wimbledon — however that is her handiest name this 12 months. She hasn’t even made a semifinal since, and she or he misplaced in the second one around of the U.S. Open. She’s additionally been afflicted by way of a again harm in recent times.

Svitolina has 0 titles this 12 months, and she or he hasn’t even made a last. She did, then again, succeed in the semis on the final two Slams and at Indian Wells — the place Andreescu beat her.

Andreescu’s mixed head-to-head document in opposition to those girls is 2-0. She’s by no means confronted Halep. She beat Pliskova on this 12 months’s Rogers Cup quarter-finals, and she or he beat Svitolina within the Indian Wells semis. Each fits took 3 units.

Every other just right signal for Andreescu is this event is being performed on a hardcourt. That is the floor she received all 3 of her titles in this 12 months.

What are Bianca’s probabilities of profitable the entire thing?

Beautiful just right. In truth, the offshore bookmaker Pinnacle lists her as the favorite. It is very tight, regardless that. She’s extra like a co-favourite with Osaka and Barty.

When does Bianca play?

All we all know at this time is her first fit. That is Monday vs. Halep. Get started time is round eight a.m. ET.

How are you able to watch?

Sadly, it isn’t on TV in Canada as a result of no broadcasters on this nation have the rights to the non-Grand Slam girls’s tournaments. So the one position to look at is on DAZN, the subscription streaming carrier.

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