Dubai Championships: Elina Svitolina says drop in WTA prize cash hits her motivation

Dubai Championships: Elina Svitolina says drop in WTA prize cash hits her motivation

The full prize cash on provide in Dubai this yr has gone right down to $18,35,490 in comparison with $27,94,840 final season, with the singles champion set to take house $2,21,500 as a substitute of the $6,96,860 paycheck

Dubai Championships: Elina Svitolina says drop in WTA prize money hits her motivation

File picture of Elina Svitolina. AP Photograph

Dubai: Ukrainian World No 5 Elina Svitolina mentioned the drop in WTA prize cash has lowered her motivation at some occasions however added that gamers should be taught to regulate their expectations.

Seeded No 1 on the Dubai Championships this week, Svitolina headlines a stacked discipline on the WTA 1000 match, which is being staged behind closed doorways resulting from COVID-19 restrictions.

The full prize cash on provide in Dubai this yr has gone right down to $18,35,490 in comparison with $27,94,840 final season, with the singles champion set to take house $2,21,500 as a substitute of the $6,96,860 paycheck scooped by the winner 12 months in the past. That is a 68 % lower within the prize cash for the singles champion.

Petra Kvitova earned $68,570 for clinching the title in Doha on Saturday, 57 % lower than what the champion made within the Qatari capital two years in the past.

The sooner Abu Dhabi 500 occasion, staged at first of this season to present gamers a possibility to compete after the cancellation of the Brisbane Worldwide, supplied a complete prize pot of $5,65,530 – all of which was put up by the tour itself – in comparison with the $14,34,900 supplied by Brisbane final yr.

The pattern is anticipated to proceed within the coming months, with solely the Grand Slams nonetheless capable of award the gamers big sums.

“I needed to regulate, like for instance with my staff, with my every day life,” Svitolina instructed reporters in Dubai. “Possibly be a little bit bit smarter and I feel for everybody it is necessary to readjust as a result of proper now there’s undoubtedly a major change within the prize cash,”

“I feel it is actually not simple for some gamers to regulate and for me, personally, it is perhaps additionally a little bit bit (robust) proper now, as a result of we’re a bit spoiled from the years that the prize cash was actually excessive.”

‘Regular life’

The 26-year-old, who owns 15 WTA titles and has amassed greater than $20 million in prize cash all through her profession, famous that the current developments might have an effect on her scheduling.

“Now for certain it will get into your head that you recognize you’ve got much less motivation at some tournaments to play as a result of the prize cash is far decrease and also you’re enjoying for instance a smaller match and also you’re drained afterwards to play a giant one, so you’d skip it,” she mentioned.

“In order that, for certain, performs a little bit position within the motivation, in my view. Hopefully we will step-by-step enhance and get again to the place we have been earlier than.”

Belarusian No 3 seed Aryna Sabalenka mentioned that she feels no totally different incomes much less cash at WTA tournaments however joked that her “checking account is feeling the distinction”.

The 22-year-old, a title winner already this season in Abu Dhabi, does nevertheless miss the human interplay with members of the media at occasions.

“I want to see you guys in individual truly, I want that all the pieces will get again to regular life,” Sabalenka instructed journalists throughout her digital press convention on Sunday.

“I really feel okay with this type of Zoom press convention however I really feel higher emotionally to see one another and to have this eye contact once you guys ask me some questions.”

First-round motion obtained underway in Dubai on Sunday, with the ultimate scheduled for Saturday, 13 March.

 

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