January 13, 2020



2020 PORSCHE RACE TO SHENZHEN IS ON AS WTA CROWNS FIRST CHAMPIONS OF SEASON




The 2020 edition of the Porsche Race to Shenzhen has officially begun, as the WTA has crowned the first three singles and doubles champions of the season at the Brisbane International, ASB Classic (Auckland) and the Shenzhen Open.

WTA World No.2 Karolina Pliskova kicked off her 2020 campaign by successfully defending her title at Brisbane, becoming the tournament's first three-time champion (also in 2017). Top seeds Barbora Strycova and Hsieh Su-Wei battled their way to their sixth career doubles title as a pair in Brisbane, defeating Ashleigh Barty and Kiki Bertens in the championship match.

Serena Williams claimed her first title since becoming a mother in Auckland - her 73rd career singles title. In the doubles field, American duo Asia Muhammad and Taylor Townsend captured their first title together by defeating Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki.

Russia's Ekaterina Alexandrova became the first champion of 2020, defeating Elena Rybakina to clinch her maiden WTA singles title in Shenzhen on Saturday. No.2 seeds Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova took home the doubles trophy after ousting home favorites Duan Yingying and Zheng Saisai.

This year's Porsche Race to Shenzhen will travel through 29 countries and regions with 53 WTA events and four Grand Slams, leading up to the season finale at the Shiseido WTA Finals Shenzhen.





Founded by Billie Jean King in 1973 on the principle of equal opportunity for women in sports, the WTA is the global leader in womenís professional sport with more than 1,650 players representing 84 nations competing for a record $180 million in prize money. In 2019, the WTA was watched by a record breaking global audience of 700 million. The 2020 WTA Tour includes 55 events and four Grand Slams, spanning across six continents and 29 countries and regions. The season culminates with the Shiseido WTA Finals Shenzhen, offering a $14 million total prize purse and honoring the seasonís top singles and doubles players. Further information on the WTA can be found at www.wtatennis.com.