The tournament began in 2004, with Maria Sharapova winning its inaugural edition. It was played as a 125 event until 2021 when it was upgraded to a WTA 250 tournament for the following year.
The entry list for this year boasts some top-ranked talent, with World No. 4 Jessica Pegula set to compete as the top seed, as Top 20 players Jelena Ostapenko and Ekaterina Alexandrova also prepare to compete at the event.
Sharapova: I’m playing pickleball. And not just any pickleball, I am playing with John McEnroe against Steffi Graf and Andre Agassi,”
Seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams will also feature as a wild card. The 43-year-old will be appearing at the event for the first time since she won the tournament back in 2007.
Prize money and points on offer at tournament
There is a total of $259,303 on offer. It is yet to be confirmed exactly how the prize money will be split in 2023 but last year the winner earned $33,200, while the runner-up received around $14,000 less at $19,750. Meanwhile, semi-finalists got $11,000.
In terms of WTA Ranking points, the champion will achieve the coveted 280 points while the runner-up will get 180. The semi-finalists will receive 110 points.
Prize Money and Points Breakdown WTA 2023 Korea Open