Iga Swiatek had a fairly successful 2023 season, and one of the things that shows it is the total that she has earned in prize money.
Ahead of the 2023 WTA Finals, the Pole has accumulated $6,779,686. That is, of course, less than the $9,875,525 that she managed to earn during her incredibly impressive 2022 season, but she will still end 2023 as the top prize money earner on the WTA Tour, and she once again sealed that on the court.
Aryna Sabalenka previously said that she wanted to challenge the Pole for the world no. 1 spot on the court, and she got a chance to do that during their semifinal match in Cancun.
The Belarusian lost the match, and while it still didn't mean that she’d lose the world no. 1 spot, as Swiatek still needed to beat Jessica Pegula, it meant that she lost the spot of the top prize money earner.
The Polish player decreased the deficit already after the round-robin stage, as one more win earned her an additional $198,000 compared to her closest competitor, who earned $594,000, compared to Swiatek’s $792,000.
With $774,967 separating the two ahead of their semifinal matchup, it was clear that a cheque of $756,000 for the semifinal winner would not decide the prize money battle, and that's why the Polish player had to win also in the final.
She eventually did, taking her total to $9,857,686. That's only around $18 thousand dollars less than last season, proving that the 2023 season was no less impressive from the Pole than last year's. Let's see what 2024 holds.