The 2024 San Diego Open is fully stacked and will act as a perfect warm-up tournament for the players looking to sharpen their game before the Sunshine Swing.
Running from February 26th to March 3rd, this WTA 500 tournament will converge six of the world's Top 30 players led by two Top 10 players. The tournament organizers will fork out $922,573 in prize money to remunerate the players competing at this event.
This amount is about an 18% increase from last year's purse and will represent the base figure for most tournaments in this category. It also shows the steps taken by the WTA stakeholders to achieve pay parity between male and female players within the next decade.
Home player Jessica Pegula will spearhead the lineup and will be joined by fellow Top 10 player Karolina Muchova, who has been building her fitness after spending time on the sidelines due to a wrist injury. Beatriz Haddad Maia will also expect massive support from Brazilian expats in California.
Ukraine's Marta Kostyuk won the ATX Open in Austin last year but is looking to dive into a bigger pond this year, electing to forfeit her title defense and play in San Diego. At the same time, 2024 Australian Open semifinalist Dayana Yastremska and Lesia Tsurenko will give company to their compatriot.
Some of the most dangerous unseeded players include Leylah Fernandez, Anna Kalinskaya, and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Spain's Paula Badosa will hope to shake off the recent injury she picked up in Hua Hin to play this tournament.
Regarding the prize money breakdown, the champion will bank $142,000, a significant change from 2023, when Barbora Krejcikova won the tournament. The champion will also receive the full 500 ranking points.
The vanquished finalist will earn $87,655 and receive 325 points. Reaching the semifinal is a significant achievement for most players in the draw. Those players will earn $51,205 and have 195 points attached next to their name.
Quarterfinalists will pocket $24,200 and receive 108 points. The difference between winning one main draw match and not winning is huge. Those who make it to the second round make $13,170, but those who stumble in the first round only get $8,860. Be sure to check the complete breakdown of prize money and points allocation below.
2024 San Diego Open WTA Prize Money & Points Overview: