Top 5 WTA Tour Prize Money Leaders in 2019
5. Elina Svitolina
Total prize money: $6,126,335
The year was a bit of a mixed bag for Svitolina.
The Ukrainian player reached the semifinals on multiple occasions and held little trouble holding her spot in the WTA’s top 8.
She also had career-best results at the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open.
Svitolina made it to a Slam semifinals for the first time in her career, achieving the feat at Wimbledon and again at the US Open.
On the other hand, she failed to win a WTA title for the first time since 2012.
She still closed out her year with another strong showing, finishing runner-up at the WTA Finals.
The last result of the year significantly improved her earnings and pushed her inside the top 5.
4. Bianca Andreescu
Total prize money: $6,504,150
Andreescu returned to the WTA Tour after a one-year absence.
Her year got off to a good start with a win at the Australian Open main draw.
The young Canadian star won her first career WTA title at Indian Wells, making it her first Premier title as well.
Andreescu’s impressive form continued at her home tournament, the Canadian Open, which saw her add a second Premier title.
She then went on to win her first career Slam at the US Open, which more than doubled her total prize money.
Andreescu only played in one match at the WTA Finals before withdrawing from the competition with a back injury.
3. Naomi Osaka
Total prize money: $6,788,282
Osaka had another successful year in 2019.
After winning her first Slam at the US Open in 2018, she made it back-to-back major titles by winning the Australian Open.
The result also moved her to number 1 in the WTA ranking.
While she failed to make it to another final until September, she still had good runs at Stuttgart, Madrid, Rome, Toronto, and Cincinnati.
The Japanese star then added two Premier titles, the Pan-Pacific Open at her hometown and the China Open.
She withdrew from the WTA Finals in November, bringing her year to an end.
Osaka’s good results at the Premier tournaments along with her Australian Open win place her in the top 3.
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2. Simona Halep
Total prize money: $6,962,442
Halep finally won her first career Slam in 2018 but had to recover from a back injury before the start of 2019.
She finished runner-up at the Qatar Open Premier and at the Premier Mandatory Madrid Open.
The Romanian star failed to defend her French Open title and fell in the quarterfinals.
She bounced back at Wimbledon to win her second career major title.
Dealing with injuries again towards the end of the year, Halep failed to win another title.
She scored one win at the WTA Finals and was eliminated in the round-robin.
1. Ashleigh Barty
Total prize money: $11,307,587
Barty had a good start to the year and reached the Australian Open quarterfinals, scoring a then career-best Slam result.
The Australian won the Miami Open, her first Premier Mandatory title.
Primarily a doubles specialist, the result marked Barty’s rise to the top 10 in singles.
She then won the French Open in June, her first major title in singles.
Barty rose to number 1 in the WTA rankings, becoming only the second Australian player to achieve the feat.
She added another Premier title at Birmingham and a Premier Mandatory final at Shanghai.
Barty climbed to the top of the prize money list after winning the WTA Finals.
The tournament had an impressive $14,000,000 prize pot.
Barty won four of her five matches to secure a record-setting $4,420 million prize.
She also enjoyed a successful year in doubles, finishing runner-up at the US Open and winning a Premier 5 at Rome.
With this, Ashleigh Barty finished 2019 as the prize money leader in the WTA Tour.