Players such as Ons Jabeur and Petra Kvitova will take to the courts in Ningbo as the WTA returns to China for the first time since 2019, after COVID-19 restrictions and the Peng Shuai controversy led the association to boycott tournaments held in the country in recent years.
Although there is continued silence regarding Shuai, the WTA has decided that they will return to China this year and that the WTA 250 Ningbo Open will be one of the tournaments on the calendar.
Other top seeds at the event include Sorana Cirstea and Katie Boulter, as well as Varvara Gracheva, Anna Blinkova, Arantxa Rus, and Lucia Bronzetti, all of whom will be battling for the 280 WTA Ranking points on offer.
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Over $250,000 total for tournament
The total prize money for the 2023 Ningbo Open is $259,303. The winner will receive $34,228, while the runner-up will earn a cheque $20,226. Meanwhile, those who make the semi-finals will get $11,275.
In terms of points, the champion of the tournament will achieve the coveted 280 points, while the runner-up will receive one hundred points less at 180.
With the WTA Finals just around the corner, the tournament's top-ranked players like Jabeur will be aiming to get as many points as possible in a bid to qualify.
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Prize Money and Points Breakdown Ningbo Open 2023
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