Running from February 18th to 24th, the Dubai Championships features a near full-strength lineup. The entry list was released last month, although there have been some notable changes, with the American World No. 5 Jessica Pegula withdrawing from the event.
She'll join Madison Keys and Petra Kvitova on the absentees list. Czech's Karolina Muchova withdrew from the Qatar Open, presumably due to her painful wrist, and remains a doubt to play in Dubai. For now, her name appears on the initial entry list.
The rest of the WTA's elite cohort will make the trip to the Aviation Club Tennis Centre and will battle for a share of $3,211,715, which the tournament will fork out to reward all the participants, including those who stumble in the first round.
Top seed Iga Swiatek won't lose her number-one ranking for the duration of the Middle East swing but will face a massive challenger in Aryna Sabalenka to win the title. The Belarusian returns after a period of deserved rest time following her Australian Open triumph.
Coco Gauff and Elena Rybakina will look to capitalize should the top two stumble early on. While defending champion Barbora Krejcikova remains in the hunt for a second title. In-form Latvian Jelena Ostapenko is looking to scoop her third WTA title of 2024.
In terms of prize money breakdown, the two players who will earn the most of the greenback are the finalists. The champion will increase her net worth by at least half a million dollars, as she will bank $523,485 and receive 1,000 ranking points.
The beaten finalist will earn $308,320 and will collect 650 points. Semifinals will also make six figures of income. They'll take home $158,944 and will receive 390 points.
The prize money breakdown begins in the first round. The players who fail to record a single main draw win will earn $14,800 and receive 10 points. But winning one match can make a huge difference, as their remunerations increase enormously. The complete distribution is tabulated below.
2024 Dubai Championships WTA Prize Money & Points Overview: