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Much like the ATP recently did, the WTA has announced a new ranking system and added two additional events to their provisional schedule.
Usually, the WTA Rankings would work off of a 52-week schedule, taking into account each player’s best 16 results for singles and 11 for doubles.
However, due to the recent tour suspension due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the WTA has announced a new system for player rankings.
Here is the excerpt from the WTA’s website:
“Under the revised system, a player’s ranking will be comprised of her best 16 results in singles and best 11 results in doubles based on the points earned between March 2019 through December 2020. A player’s ranking breakdown will include the “Better of 2019 and 2020″ points earned at Tour-level and Grand Slam events. Further, a player may not count the same WTA Tour or Grand Slam level result twice in her ranking breakdown. Tour-level points added in 2020 will drop after the event is scheduled to be played again in 2021 or after 52 weeks, whichever is earlier.”
In addition to their change to rankings, the WTA will have to make adjustments to how players qualify for the WTA Finals. The WTA made another statement on this.
When speaking about qualifying for the WTA Finals, the WTA said this, “A player’s 16-best results from 2020 tournaments will contribute to a player’s Race Points with the Top 8 players qualifying for the WTA Finals, while a doubles team will count its 11-best results from 2020 with the Top 8 teams qualifying.”
In addition to revising their rankings, the WTA has also added two events to their 2020 provisional calendar. These events are both during the week of August 10 and are the Prague Open in the Czech Republic and the Top Seed Open in Lexington, Kentucky.
The Top Seed Open will be the first WTA tournament to be held in Kentucky.
Here is the provisional calendar for 2020 with the latest updates:
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