I apologize in advance if this has already been talked about, discussed or even answered. However, after reading the following section on WTA Tour, I'm wondering if the points earned in Philadelphia count towards making the Year-End Championships?
It says that "The player who finishes No.1 in the Race based on points standings the Monday before
the Championships, will be awarded a 2004 Porsche Cayenne." Does that also mean the players have qualified if they are in the Top-8 the Monday before the Championships, thus November 1, when Philadelphia starts. Could someone let me know?
The purpose of the Porsche Race to the Championships
is to determine the eight singles players and four doubles teams that will contest the WTA Tour's season-ending Championships presented by Porsche. The Tournament is an eight-player round robin singles tournament and four-team single elimination doubles tournament scheduled for November 8-15 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California
Unlike the WTA Rankings, which are based on a rolling, 52-week system - using a player's best 17 results for singles and 11 for doubles over the past 12 months - the Porsche Race to the Championships
starts at the beginning of the season, with all players at zero points. Points earned from all WTA Tour events played (round and quality points) are added to produce the separate weekly Singles and Doubles Team standings.
This year's WTA Tour Championships provides an added incentive to players – a Porsche Cayenne
. In addition to the $3 million in prize money awarded to the winners of the Championships, this year's event also includes a car giveaway to the singles winner of the Race to the Championships. The player who finishes No.1 in the Race based on points standings the Monday before
the Championships, will be awarded a 2004 Porsche Cayenne.