The 2023 Japan Open will be held in the country's capital city Tokyo and which will run from September 25th to October 1st.
This is one of the biggest WTA 500 tournaments on the calendar. It will be spearheaded by Poland's Iga Swiatek who is the biggest star attraction in Tokyo ahead of her first trip. Swiatek will confront at least six more names among the world's Top 10 players.
These include Jessica Pegula, Elena Rybakina, Marketa Vondrousova, and Karolina Muchova. Out-of-form players Maria Sakkari and Caroline Garcia need a late-season surge to keep their ranking inside the Top 10 afloat.
The 2023 Japan Open will not solely be about prize money and points, but it is also about prestige and honor to compete against the best players in the world. Some of the unheralded talents of women's tennis will get an opportunity to showcase their skills on the wider tennis scale.
This tournament has a rich history dating back to 1973, the WTA's inception year, and it has been a key fixture on the calendar since. Over the years, the Japan Open has been upgraded in terms of status and is currently part of a 500-level category.
Its marvelous heritage has been maintained for the best part of half a century with former World No. 1s and legends of the sport gracing their presence at this famous event. At least 10 former WTA No. 1s have won this prestigious event including home player Naomi Osaka in 2019.
In terms of prize money and points for the 2023 edition, the champion of the Japan Open will get 470 WTA points and $120,150 in prize money. The runner-up will receive 305 points and $74,161 in their bank account, while the semi-finalists will earn 185 points and $43,323 of the prize pot.
All four losing quarterfinalists will receive 100 points and $21,075, and those who make it to the second round will earn 55 points and $11,500. Lastly, those who participate in the first round and fail to progress further will receive 1 point and $8,310 in prize money.
2023 Japan Open Tokyo WTA Prize Money & Points Overview: