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Fresh off her US Open victory, the world's No. 1 female tennis player, Iga Swiatek, will lead the top eight singles players and doubles teams into Fort Worth next month for the 2022 Women's Tennis Association (WTA) Finals.
The competition will take place October 31-November 7 at Dickies Arena, and tickets are now on sale.
The prestigious year-end finale has been moved to Fort Worth from Shenzhen, China, for one year only, WTA officials say. It's the first time the contest has been staged in North Texas, and the first time it's in the United States in 17 years.
“The Dickies Arena and the city of Fort Worth has a proven track record of hosting world class sporting and entertainment events, and we are excited to bring the WTA’s showpiece tournament back to the United States for the first time since 2005,” says Steve Simon, WTA Chairman and CEO, in a release. “This location and venue for the 2022 WTA Finals will provide a fantastic experience for players and fans alike and offer a fitting finale as another exciting season on the Hologic WTA Tour comes to a close.”
While the race to the top eight is still on, with several tournaments still to be played in coming weeks, both Swiatek and No. 2-ranked Ons Jabeur officially have qualified for the finals.
"I’m really excited to qualify for the WTA Finals this year for the second time in my career and I’m really looking forward to playing in front of the fans in Fort Worth,” Swiatek says in the release.
Iga Swiatek is the No. 1 women's tennis player in the world. Al Bello/Getty Images
The top-ranked doubles team of Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova also has qualified.
"We are really looking forward to playing in Fort Worth in Texas and hopefully defending our title," Krejcikova says.
Two American stars, Jessie Pegula and Coco Gauff, currently stand at No. 3 and 4 in singles, respectively. Together, they are the 4th-ranked doubles team in the world. If they maintain these standings or climb higher, Fort Worth fans will get to seem them play.
As of press time, the top eight singles players are:
1. Iga Swiatek (Poland)
2. Ons Jabeur (Tunisia)
3. Jessie Pegula (USA)
4. Coco Gauff (USA)
5. Caroline Garcia (France)
6. Aryna Sabalenka*
7. Daria Kasatkina*
8. Simona Halep (Romania)
As of press time, the top eight doubles teams are:
1. Barbora Krejcikova (Cze) / Katerina Siniakova (Cze)
2. Gabriela Dabrowski (Can) / Giuliana Olmos (Mex)
3. Lyudmyla Kichenok (Ukr) / Jelena Ostapenko (Lat)
4. Jessie Pegula (USA) / Coco Gauff (USA)
5. Elise Mertens (Bel) / Veronika Kudermetova*
6. Yifan Xu (Chn) / Zhauxuan Yang (Chn)
7. Demi Schuurs (Ned) / Desirae Krawczyk (USA)
8. Nicole Melichar-Martinez (USA) / Ellen Perez (Aus)
(*Per WTA style, players native to Russia do not have their country listed.)
All Session Tickets for the WTA Finals go on sale at 10 am Thursday, September 22, via Ticketmaster.
Single Session Tickets will go on sale at 10 am Tuesday, September 27, via Ticketmaster. (Venue presale is Monday, September 26 from 10 am-10 pm, CODE: SINGLES)
The WTA was founded by groundbreaking tennis legend Billie Jean King in 1983 on the principle of equal opportunity and has remained a global leader in women’s professional sports.
"The WTA is one of the world’s most recognizable and high-profile sports organizations, consisting of more than 1,600 players representing approximately 87 nations, all competing to earn WTA rankings, points, and prestigious tournament titles," the organization says. "The Hologic WTA Tour is annually comprised of around 50 events and four Grand Slams, spanning six continents and nearly 30 countries and regions with a global audience of over 900 million."
Keep up with the WTA at wtatennis.com.