Why Can’t Serena Williams Qualify For WTA Finals 2021?

Published 10/24/2021, 2:45 PM EDT
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 07: Serena Williams of the United States reacts during her Women’s Singles final match against Bianca Andreescu of Canada on day thirteen of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 07, 2019 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)


23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams is currently recovering from a hamstring injury. She injured her leg at the Wimbledon Championships 2021 and is yet to return to the court since then.

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Serena Williams is currently the World No.41 player in the world. Interestingly, after the Australian Open 2021, she was inside the top-10 WTA rankings.

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It is not possible for Serena Williams to qualify for the WTA Finals 2021

The WTA Finals 2021 will start shortly and this time, the tournament is taking place in Guadalajara, Mexico. As of now, both World No.1 Ashleigh Barty and World No.2 Aryna Sabalenka have already qualified for the event since they earned 6,411 and 4,669 points respectively. However, there is skepticism that whether Barty will play at the tournament this year or not.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 29, 2021 Serena Williams of the U.S. in action during her first round match against Belarus’ Aliaksandra Sasnovich REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Serena Williams is not even in the list of the top-20 WTA players who have earned the most points this year. She is way behind Victoria Azarenka, who has earned 2,165 points this year. Only the top eight players with the most WTA points in the year make their way through to the tournament.

Since she has played just 17 matches in 2021 and has not even earned 2,000 WTA points, the 40-year-old can’t play at the WTA Finals 2021 now. Moreover, she is highly unlikely to play any more matches before the WTA Finals, and thus can’t qualify for the tournament.

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Naomi Osaka might also miss the qualification spot

Naomi Osaka hasn’t played professional tennis since the US Open 2021. She took a break from the sport and hasn’t made a comeback ever since then.

Sep 3, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Naomi Osaka of Japan hits to Leylah Fernandez of Canada. Day five of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Even though Japanese star won the Australian Open 2021 title, she only has earned only 2,771 points this year- keeping her on the 10th spot. Even if Barty misses the tournament, the World No.10 player will still not be able to qualify for the WTA Finals 2021. Moreover, Elina Svitolina is just 200 points behind her and can move to the 10th spot really soon.

Fans somehow feel that Naomi Osaka won’t return to the court in the remaining part of the season. Will she be able to defend her title at the Australian Open next year?

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Anshul Singh

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Anshul Singh is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 1000 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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