The 2015 Western & Southern tennis tournament on the WTA circuit for women singles players is taking place this week from August 15-23, 2015, on the outdoor hard courts at the Linder Family Tennis Center in Mason Ohio, which is located about 20 miles north of Cincinnati. Here is a list of the prize money up for grabs for the women singles tennis players this week at the Western & Southern Open.
The prize money for the women singles tennis players this week at the Western & Southern Open has been raised significantly from what the players earned here last year as is noted below for each round. All the prize money shown below is not cumulative, players only earn the amounts shown for the last round they advance to. For each round below I’ve also included some or all of the players who finished in the same spots last year in this tournament. I’ve also included year-to-date earnings for the top players from last year.
- Winner – $495,000
The woman singles winner of the 2015 Western & Southern Open in tennis will earn a very nice paycheck of $495,000. That is up 5.9% over the $467,300 that Serena Williams earned when she won this tournament last year. So far in her amazing tennis career, Serena Williams has won 21 Grand Slam singles titles and she has earned $72.8 million in prize money plus plenty more money from endorsement deals.
- Runner-up – $240,500
The woman singles runner-up at the 2015 Western & Southern Open in tennis will earn a not too shabby paycheck of $240,500. That is up 6% over the $227,000 that Ana Ivanovic earned last year as the runner-up to Serena Williams. So far in her career, Ana Ivanovic has won one Grand Slam singles title and she has earned $14.1 million so far in her tennis career in prize money.
- Semifinalists – $120,500
The two women singles players who reach the semis but do not advance to the finals this year which each receive $120,500. That’s up 5.9% over the $113,770 that Maria Sharapova and Caroline Wozniacki earned last year when they reached the semis and failed to advance to the final. Maria Sharapova has earned $35.8 million in prize money and many millions more from endorsements in her career while Caroline Wozniacki has earned $20.2 million in prize money.
- Quarter-finalists – $57,380
The four women singles players reaching the quarters who do not advance in 2015 will each earn $57,380. That’s up 5.9% over the $54,170 that Jelena Jankovic, Agnieszka Radwanska, Elina Svitolina, and Simona Halep all earned last year when they reached the quarters and failed to advance. Simona Halep just lost to hot newcomer Belinda Bencic last week in the Rogers Cup.
- Third Round – $27,640
Reaching the third round is worth $27,640 at the 2015 Western & Southern Open for women singles players. That is up 5.9% over the $26,090 that Flavia Pennetta, Sloane Stephens, Sabine Lisicki, Angelique Kerber, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Carla Suarez-Navarro, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, and Lucie Safarova all earned when they reached the third round and failed to advance last year.
- Second Round – $14,160
Reaching the second round at the 2015 Western & Southern Open is worth $14,160 for women singles players. That is up 5.9% over the $13,370 that Kirsten Flipkins, Zarina Diyas, Karin Knapp, Madison Keys, Eugenie Bouchard, Petra Kvitova, Sara Errani, Sam Stosur and all the other players who failed to advance past the second round earned last year.
- First round – $7,640
Just for showing up in the first round of the 2015 Western & Southern Open was worth a paycheck of $7,640 for the women singles players this year. That’s up 5.9% over the $7,215 that Moan Barthel, Andrea Petkovic, Roberta Vinci, Heather Watson, Daniela Hantuchova, Camila Giorgi, Nicole Gibbs, Lauren Davis, and all the other tennis players who lost in the first round earned here last year.