2020 Australian Open Grand Slam Tennis Prize Money Up for Grabs for Women Players
See the Huge Money Women Tennis Players will Earn this Year at the Australian Open
The 2020 Australian Open tennis tournament for women players on the WTA circuit is taking place this month from January 20 to February 2, 2020, on the outdoor hard courts at the Melbourne Park sports center located in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Here is a list of the prize money up for grabs for the women tennis players at the 2020 Australian Open.
The Australian Open is the first of the four major tournaments played annually for women tennis players. The majors are the best tennis tournaments played each year and and they also pay the most prize money. All four majors pay men and women equal amounts of prize money. Some other tournaments also pay men and women equal prize money but many others do not.
The prize money listed below is not cumulative, women players only earn the amounts shown for the last round they advance to. All prize money has been converted from Australian dollars to American dollars at the current exchange rate.
Be wary of many sports outlets who do not convert the prize money from Australian dollars to American dollars. The Australian dollar is worth much less than the American dollar and sports outlets who do not convert the prize money will make it look like the Australian Open is paying far more prize money than the tournament actually is to the women players.
Total prize money up for grabs at the 2020 Australian Open for all players is a record $48.81 million. That is up 9.4% over the $44.63 million that was up for grabs for the players at this Grand Slam tennis event last year.
Listed below is the prize money up for grabs for women players who reach each round. In parenthesis is the amount of money that was up for grabs for each round in last year's Australian Open for the women players.
As you can see below, the prize money amounts per round have been raised for most rounds for the women but lowered somewhat for the winner, runner-up and women who lose in the third round.
The top ranked women players in the 2020 Australian Open are Ashleigh Barty, Karolina Pliskova, Simona Halep and Naomi Osaka.
The highest ranked woman player from the United States is Serena Williams ranked at #10, followed by Madison Keys at #13, Sofia Kenin at #15, Alison Riske at #19, Amanda Anisimova at #24, Sloane Stephens at #25 and Danielle Collins at #26. Serena Williams has won the Australian Open seven times in her career.
Grand Slam Tennis Prize Money Up for Grabs for Women Players at the 2020 Australian Open
Winner - $2.83 million (vs $2.93 million last year)
Runner-up - $1.42 million (vs $1.46 million last year)
Semifinalists - $720,000 (vs $657,000 last year)
Quarter-finalists - $360,950 (vs $328,510 last year)
Fourth Round - $206,255 (vs $185,678 last year)
Third Round - $123,753 (vs $155,000 last year)
Second Round - $88,082 (vs $74,985 last year)
First Round - $61,876 (vs $53,561 last year)
As stated above, the woman who wins and the runner-up woman tennis players will receive slightly less prize money than last year. The same is true for the women who lose in the third round but all other rounds for the women players have been increased for the 2020 Australian Open.
Prize Money for Qualifying Rounds for Women Players at the 2020 Australian Open
1st round - $13,750 (vs $10,712 last year)
2nd round - $22,344 (vs $17,854 last year)
3rd round - $34,376 ( vs $28,566 last year)
For the qualifying rounds the amounts shown are for women players losing in those rounds. Women players who win all three qualifying rounds advance to the main draw where they will win at least first round main draw prize money of $61,876.
As you can see above, the prize money for players playing in the qualifying rounds at the 2020 Australian Open has been increased significantly from last year for the women players. Women players losing in the first qualifying round this year will receive $13,750, an increase of 28.4% over the $10,172 players got last year.
Women players losing in the second qualifying round this year will receive $22,344, an increase of 25.2% over the $17,854 that women players got last year.
Women players losing in the third qualifying round this year will receive $34,376, an increase of 20.3% over the $28,566 that women players got last year.