The WTA Tour governs the top level of competition in women’s international tennis. Over the last fifty years the popularity of women’s tennis has surged, bringing the prestige, cash prizes and interest in WTA Tournaments in line with men’s ATP events.
The WTA Tour features four tournament tiers, ranking tournaments according to the prize money on offer, quality of participants and tour ranking points on offer to the best performers. Ranking points earned on the WTA Tour count towards the player’s championship as well as entry into the end-of-season Sony Ericsson Championships.
Around 55 regular season tournaments are contested by members of the WTA every year. The top two tiers of competition tend to attract more media interest and stronger entries, making them of particular interest to punters and online bookmakers.
Tier I Tournaments: The Tier I Tournaments are the most prestigious events on the WTA tour. The Tier I tournament series is the WTA equivalent of the men’s Masters series, with Tier I events scheduled to coincide with Masters events.
Tier II Tournaments: Tier II Tournaments are the highest level regular season events. These tournaments attract top fields, offer significant cash prizes and are broadcast live around the globe.
The most prestigious Tier II tournaments include:
The Fed Cup: Although not part of the official WTA Tour schedule, the Fed Cup involves the majority of the top women’s players on the WTA Tour. Players represent their national teams in an annual knockout competition.
WTA Tour Betting
Major WTA Tour events are played for seven months of the year, alternating with Grand Slam events and the WTA Championship. However Tier II events are held virtually ever month of the year, providing numerous WTA Tour betting opportunities.
Many tennis punters prefer WTA Tour betting, as the fields in the biggest tournaments tend to be more level than in men’s competition. This means outcomes are more unpredictable, inflating the odds for bets on outright tournament winners.
Useful WTA Tour Resources