2023 WTA Finals: Updated statistical information as Maria Sakkari joins the Cancun line-up

Maria Sakkari in action

The eight players who will feature at the 2023 WTA Finals in Mexico have been confirmed so let’s take a closer look at how they have performed so far during the 2023 campaign.

World No 1 Aryna Sabalenka headlines the list and she is followed by four-time Grand Slam winner Iga Swiatek, reigning US Open champion Coco Gauff and 2022 Wimbledon winner Elena Rybakina.

American Jessica Pegula, three-time Grand Slam finalist Ons Jabeur, current Wimbledon champion Marketa Vondrousova and 2023 French Open runner-up Karolina Muchova were on the initial list.

However, Muchova was forced to withdraw from the tournament due to injury with Maria Sakkari taking her place.

Two of the eight players will make their debuts while there will also be a new name on the trophy as none of the eight have won the tournament before. Last year’s winner Caroline Garcia failed to qualify while 2021 champion Garbine Muguruzu is currently on a sabbatical.

The year-end No 1 ranking will also be settled in Cancun with Sabalenka and Swiatek going head-to-head.

WTA Finals line-up

1. Aryna Sabalenka – 8,425 points

2023 W-L record: 53-12
Titles: 3
Ranking: 1
Prize money: $7,554,653

World No 1 Sabalenka will make her third appearance at the season-ending event and she will hope to go one better than in 2022 when she finished runner-up to Garcia.

It has already been an incredible season for the Belarusian as she won her maiden Grand Slam at the Australian Open at the beginning of the year while she also won the Adelaide International and the Madrid Open.

Sabalenka also finished runner-up to Gauff at the US Open, was beaten by Rybakina in the Indian Wells Open final and lost against Swiatek in the Stuttgart Grand Prix final.

Her last title, though, came in May (Madrid Open) and her most recent match was a quarter-final defeat to Rybakina at the China Open.

2. Iga Swiatek – 7,795 points

2023 W-L record: 63-11
Titles: 5
Ranking: 2
Prize money: $6,779,686

Swiatek will also appear at the season-ending tournament for the third time in her career as she lost in the group stage on her debut in 2021 and then exited at the semi-final stage last year.

Although the Pole lost her No 1 ranking to Sabalenka, she has still had an incredible season as she successfully defended her Roland Garros title and also won the China Open, Qatar Open, Stuttgart Grand Prix and the Poland Open.

Swiatek followed up her disappointing North American hard-court swing – going by her own high standards – with a quarter-final exit at the Japan Open, but then returned to title winning ways at the China Open as she won her first WTA 1000 trophy of the season.

She will finish the year with the most match wins as Sabalenka can’t surpass her – even if she wins the title in Cancun.

3. Coco Gauff – 5,955 points

2023 W-L record: 49-14
Titles: 4
Ranking: 3
Prize money: $5,976,622

It has been a year to remember for teenage sensation Gauff as she has notched up several milestones.

First she won her maiden WTA 500 title at the Citi DC Open and a few weeks later she notched up her first-ever WTA 1000 trophy at the Cincinnati Open. But bigger and better things arrived at the US Open as she won her first Grand Slam, beating Sabalenka in the final.

Gauff – who finished 0-3 at her debut WTA Finals campaign last year – has also reached a career-high of No 3 in the WTA Rankings and also won WTA 250 Auckland Classic in January.

4. Elena Rybakina – 5,865

2023 W-L record: 46-13
Titles: 2
Ranking: 5
Prize money: $5,097,437

Last year’s Wimbledon champion started the 2023 campaign in brilliant fashion as she finished runner-up to Sabalenka at the Australian Open and also enjoyed an incredible Sunshine Double campaign where she won the Indian Wells Open and finished runner-up to Petra Kvitova at the Miami Open.

She then won the second title of the season at the Italian Open, but failed to really kick on after that as she suffered with illness at the French Open, lost in the quarter-final at Wimbledon and the third round at the US Open.

Rybakina will make her debut at the WTA Finals as last year she missed out after no points were offered at Wimbledon.

5. Jessica Pegula – 4,895

2023 W-L record: 55-17
Titles: 2
Ranking: 5
Prize money: $4,320,890

Pegula has had a somewhat quiet season although her only title of the year was a big one as she won the WTA 1000 Canadian Open in August and she followed that up with the Korea Open title in October.

The American also finished runner-up to Swiatek at the Qatar Open and was beaten by Veronika Kudermetova in the Pan Pacific Open final while she reached the quarter-final of the Australian Open and Wimbledon.

The former world No 3 made her debut at the WTA Finals in 2022, but like her doubles partner Gauff, she also failed to win any matches.

6. Ons Jabeur – 3,695 points

2023 W-L record: 35–15
Titles: 2
Ranking: 4
Prize money: $2,798,564

Despite not being at her best this year, Jabeur has still won two titles – the WTA 500 Charleston Open and the WTA 250 Ningbo Open – while she once again finished runner-up at Wimbledon, this time to Marketa Vondrousova.

The Tunisian, who lost in the group stage of the 2022 WTA Finals, has struggled with injury throughout the campaign as she missed the Madrid Open and the Canadian Open while she also withdrew from her Zhengzhou Open quarter-final clash because of a knee injury.

7. Marketa Vondrousova – 3,671 points

2023 W-L record: 40–14
Titles: 1
Ranking: 8
Prize money: $4,275,278

Vondrousova made headlines in July when she became the first unseeded player to win Wimbledon, defeating Jabeur in straight sets in the final. It was her first title since she won the Ladies Open Biel Bienne in 2017 while it was also her first appearance in a WTA event final since she finished runner-up to Ashleigh Barty at Roland Garros in 2019.

The Czech, who will make her WTA Finals debut in Mexico, followed up her title at SW19 with a run to the US Open quarter-final but she then suffered a first-round exit at the China Open.

8. Maria Sakkari – 3,245

2023 W-L record: 38–22
Titles: 1
Ranking: 9
Prize money: $2,407,413

Maria Sakkari was a late replacement for the season-ending tournament after Karolina Muchova withdrew due to her long-standing wrist injury.

The Greek will make her third consecutive appearance at the WTA Finals following her runs to the semi-finals in 2021 and 2022. Last year she was beaten by eventual champion Caroline Garcia.

The 28-year-old looked to be headed for a disappointing campaign, but she found some late-season form as she won her maiden WTA 1000 title at the Guadalajara Open and also reached the semi-final of the Japan Open and quarter-final of the China Open.

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