Saturday, June 30, 2018

WTA Women's Prize Money Up for Grabs at 2018 Wimbledon Grand Slam Tennis Tournament

The 2018 Wimbledon tennis tournament for women players on the WTA circuit is taking place this week from July 2-15, 2018, on the grass courts located at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club located in London, England. Here is a list of the prize money up for grabs for the women tennis players at 2018 Wimbledon.

Wimbledon is one of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments played annually on the WTA circuit for women players. Total prize money up for grabs at Wimbledon in 2017 is $44.45 million.

All prize money below is in American dollars converted from Pounds. The prize money is not cumulative, players only earn the amounts shown for the last round they advance to. 

The highest ranked women players in the Wimbledon tournament in 2018 are Simona Halep from Romania, Caroline Wozniacki from Denmark, Garbine Muguruza from Spain and Sloane Stephens from the United States. Six-time winner Serena Williams is seeded at #25 one slot lower than 2004 winner Maria Sharapova.

The prize money has been raised significantly this year for players in the earlier rounds but not so much for players advancing deep into the tournament. Listed in parenthesis below are the prize money increases for each round in 2018 vs last year.

Wimbledon instituted a tough policy this year that requires all players to give full effort in the first round in order to be paid for playing in that round. They do not want players just showing up in the first round and not giving maximum effort just to collect a big easy paycheck.

WTA Women's Tennis Prize Money Up for Grabs at 2018 Wimbledon

  • Winner - $2.94 million (up 1.4% over 2017)

  • Runner-up - $1.47 million (up 1.4%)

  • Semifinalists - $735,000 (up 1.4%)

  • Quarter-finalists - $367,670 (up 1.7%)

  • Fourth Round - $213,280 (up 10.1%)

  • Third Round - $130,845 (up 10.4%)

  • Second Round - $82,432 (up 9.8%)

  • First Round - $51,029 (up 10.7%)

(Qualifiers who lost in the 1st round earned $6,379 (up 10.7%), in the 2nd round earned $12,757 (up 10.7%), in the 3rd round earned $25,515 (up 10.7%). Players who won all three qualifying rounds are guaranteed at least $51,029 for making at least the 1st round in the main draw)

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