B. GENERAL RULES
Players are ranked on the basis of their total points (Round and
2. Processing of Rankings
WTA Tour Tournaments (Tier I through V) plus ITF $75,000 and
$50,000 events (as long as completed by the Sunday of that
week) are processed on a weekly basis. ITF $5,000 through
$25,000 events are processed a minimum of one (1) week
following the completion of the Tournament. Points stay valid for
fifty-two (52) weeks from the week in which a Tournament is
included in the Ranking Totals.
Players must have at least three (3) valid Tournaments to appear
on the rankings. Players under the age of fourteen (14) cannot
obtain a computer ranking. If a player under the age of fourteen
(14) plays singles or doubles in a Tournament, that Tournament
and the points acquired during play will not be counted for ranking
purposes for that player. If a player plays singles or doubles in a
Tournament that exceeds the number permitted to be played
under the Age Eligibility Rule, that Tournament and the points
acquired during play will not be counted for ranking purposes for
a. If a player or team receives one (1) or more consecutive
byes and loses her/their first match played, 1st round
losers’ points will be awarded and the player or team shall
receive Prize Money for the round reached.
b. If a player or team receives one (1) or more consecutive
byes and withdraws from her/their first match, no ranking
points shall be awarded, the Tournament will not count on
her/their record and no Prize Money shall be paid out.
c. If a player or team receives a walkover in the 1st round
and there is no Alternate or Lucky Loser to take the spot,
or if a player or team receives a walkover in a subsequent
round without having yet played a match, the walkover
will be treated as a bye for ranking data purposes.
d. A player or team who receives a walkover in any round
except the 1st Round after having played and won a
match shall be awarded Round points, but not Quality
points for the walkover from their opponent. For any
disciplinary default occurring in a Tournament after the
match begins, the advancing player or team will be
awarded Round points and Quality points over her
opponent or team.
e. Players or teams who withdraw from a Tournament
before playing their 1st match will not have the
Tournament count on their record.
f. Players or teams who receive Wild Cards are awarded
the same Round points as any other player.
g. If the Singles or Doubles event of a Tournament is
cancelled due to poor weather and there has been no
play, first round Prize Money will be paid out to the
players. If play has commenced and been terminated
before the Tournament is concluded, players will be paid
loser’s Prize Money for the individual round reached.
Additionally, if the first round has been completed, all
players/teams will receive their Round and Quality Points
earned through the last completed round only and the
Tournament will count as a Tournament played. If a
Tournament is officially terminated and the finals have not
been completed, the finalists will each receive finalist’s
Prize Money and Ranking Points. The difference
between the winner and finalist Prize Money will revert
back to the Tournament.
h. In determining which Tournaments are considered to be
the Best of 17 for Singles and the Best of 11 for Doubles,
if two or more Tournaments should have the same Total
Ranking Points, the Tournament with the most Quality
Points will take precedence in order to give the player the
advantage in breaking a tie for a Ranking position should
two or more players have the same Ranking Points.
i. When two or more players have the same number of
Ranking Points, the tie for the ranking position will be
decided according to the following priorities:
a) The player with the greater number of Quality
b) The player with the most Number of Tournament
in a 52- week period.
If both these items are the same, the Rank for any
remaining players will be considered to be the same or
tied for that Ranking Position. Last Name followed by
First Name will list the players who are tied in the Ranking
Alphabetically. If both the First and Last Names are the
same, the players will be listed according to whichever
one is encountered first during the ranking process.
j. If a player qualifies but is unable to play the Main Draw for
any reason, she will receive last round Qualifying prize
money and QLFR points