Miami Open 2018 live stream: Watch and bet on WTA Miami tennis live online

Live Tennis Staff in WTA 31 Mar 2018
  • French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko takes on US Open winner Sloane Stephens for the Miami Open title
  • WTA Miami Open tennis is live from Miami until Saturday 31 March
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Miami Open 2018 Schedule & Order of Play

Who is playing the Miami Open in 2018?

Reigning Grand Slam champions Sloane Stephens and Jelena Ostapenko will face off for the title at the 2018 Miami Open. 

The second Premier Mandatory of the year was always going to be a wild ride, and the tone was set by the shock exit of Serena Williams - the eight-time Miami Open champion playing just her second event since giving birth - at the hands of red-hot Indian Wells champion Naomi Osaka in the very first round. But despite the exit of Williams and other top players like world no. 1 Simona Halep, and the surprise loss of Venus Williams in the quarterfinals at the hands of inspired qualifier Danielle Collins, the draw has produced an extraordinarily promising final as the two most surprising winners of Grand Slam titles in 2017 - Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko, and the American Sloane Stephens - face off for what would be the first Premier Mandatory title of either player's career.

Jelena Ostapenko (6) vs Sloane Stephens (13), Saturday 31 March, 1pm local/6pm BST

There's a pleasing poetry to seeing the two 'surprise' Grand Slam champions of 2017 facing off in the final of one of the WTA Tour's four biggest events in 2018 as Jelena Ostapenko and Sloane Stephens duel for the Miami Open title on Saturday. 

Despite the shocking nature of their stunning runs to major titles last year - Ostapenko a 19-year-old ranked world no. 47 who had never won a WTA Tour singles title before she blasted her way to the French Open crown, Stephens ranked world no. 83 and playing just her fifth event after an 11-month injury absence when she rose above her compatriots to claim the US Open title - both women have proved with their Miami Open runs that those victories were no fluke, each beating two top-10 players and surviving the carnage of an incredibly competitive draw to reach this final.

Ostapenko has yet to drop a set despite facing the in-form ninth seed Petra Kvitova, fourth seed Elina Svitolina whose consistency is a nightmare for the Latvian, and red-hot qualifier Danielle Collins - who had ousted Venus Williams in the quarterfinals - and indeed has won all five of the tie breaks she has played in Miami, testament to how well she has been executing her high-risk, death-or-glory game at key moments. 

But in the multi-faceted game of Sloane Stephens, Ostapenko faces a very different challenge. This is the Latvian's first encounter with Stephens, who has so many different ways to beat her opponents she sometimes gets in her own way - hence the eight-match losing streak she embarked on after winning the US Open, and only snapped in March in Acapulco. But when Stephens finds confidence and form - something she often does on home soil, and via a tough early-round win over a testing opponent like the one she scored against Monica Niculescu in the third round in Miami - she is phenomenal and has played brilliant tennis to oust Garbine Muguruza, Angelique Kerber and three-time champion Victoria Azarenka. 

Ostapenko and Stephens have never faced off, and with such a huge title on the line, who will rise to the occasion and triumph in Miami on Saturday?

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Miami Open 2018 seeds

Seeded players at the 2018 Miami Open

SeedPlayerBest resultLatest result
1Simona HalepSF (2015)R1: Bye
R2: d. Dodin, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5
R3: Lost to Radwanska (30), 6-3, 2-6, 3-6
2Caroline WozniackiRunner-up (2017)R1: Bye
R2: Lost to Puig, 6-0, 4-6, 4-6
3Garbine MuguruzaR16 (2012-13, 2016-17)R1: Bye
R2: d. Anisimova (W/O)
R3: d. McHale, 6-2, 6-1
R16: Lost to Stephens (13), 3-6, 4-6
4Elina SvitolinaR16 (2014, 2016)R1: Bye
R2: d. Osaka, 6-4, 6-2
R3: d. Gavrilova (26), 4-6, 6-0, 6-1
R16: d. Barty (21), 7-5, 6-4
QF: Lost to Ostapenko (6), 6-7(3), 6-7(5)
5Karolina PliskovaSF (2017)R1: Bye
R2: d. Ekaterina Makarova, 7-5, 7-5
R3: d. Hsieh, 6-4, 1-6, 7-6(4)
R16: d. Diyas, 6-2, 2-1 (ret.)
QF: Lost to Azarenka (WC), 5-7, 3-6
6Jelena OstapenkoR1 (2017)R1: Bye
R2: d. Babos, 6-4, 6-4
R3: d. Haddad Maia, 6-2, 7-6(2)
R16: d. Kvitova (9), 7-6(4), 6-3
QF: d. Svitolina (4), 7-6(3), 7-6(5)
SF: d. Collins (Q), 7-6(1), 6-3
Final: Faces Stephens (13)
7Caroline GarciaR3 (2014, 2016)R1: Bye
R2: Lost to Alison Riske, 3-6, 1-6
8Venus WilliamsChampion (1998-9, 2001)R1: Bye
R2: d. Vikhlyantseva, 7-5, 6-4
R3: d. Bertens (29), 5-7, 6-3, 7-5
R16: d. Konta (11), 5-7, 6-1, 6-2
QF: Lost to Collins (Q), 2-6, 3-6
9Petra KvitovaQF (2014)R1: Bye
R2: d. Sabalenka, 7-5, 3-6, 6-3
R3: d. Kenin, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4
R16: Lost to Ostapenko (6), 6-7(4), 3-6
10Angelique KerberSF (2016)R1: Bye
R2: d. Larsson, 6-2, 6-2
R3: d. Pavlyuchenkova (23), 6-4, 6-4
R16: d. Wang Yafan, 6-7(1), 7-6(5), 6-3
QF: Lost to Stephens (13), 1-6, 2-6
11Johanna KontaChampion (2017)R1: Bye
R2: d. Flipkens, 6-4, 6-3
R3: d. Mertens (22), 6-2, 6-1
R16: Lost to Williams (8), 7-5, 1-6, 2-6
12Julia GoergesR3 (2016-17)R1: Bye
R2: Lost to Witthoeft, 6-7(2), 6-4, 4-6
13Sloane StephensQF (2015)R1: Bye
R2: d. Tomljanovic, 6-1, 6-3
R3: d. Niculescu, 6-7(1), 6-3, 4-0 (ret.)
R16: d. Muguruza (3), 6-3, 6-4
QF: d. Kerber (10), 6-1, 6-2
SF: d. Azarenka (WC). 3-6, 6-2, 6-1
Final: Faces Ostapenko (6)
14Madison KeysQF (2016)R1: Bye
R2: Lost to Azarenka, 6-7(5), 0-2 (ret.)
15Kristina MladenovicR3 (2015)R1: Bye
R2: Lost to Martic, 6-3, 4-6, 2-6
16Coco VandewegheR16 (2014)R1: Bye
R2: Lost to Collins, 3-6, 6-1, 1-6
17Magdalena RybarikovaR3 (2013)R1: Bye
R2: Lost to Niculescu, 3-6, 3-6
18Svetlana KuznetsovaChampion (2006)R1: Bye
R2: Lost to Diyas, 1-6, 3-6
19Daria KasatkinaR2 (2016-17)R1: Bye
R2: Lost to Kenin, 6-3, 2-6, 2-6
20Anastasija SevastovaR1 (2017)R1: Bye
R2: d. Cornet, 7-5, 6-4
R3: Lost to Azarenka, 6-3, 4-6, 1-6
21Ashleigh BartyR2 (2017)R1: Bye
R2: d. Liu, 6-0, 7-6(0)
R3: d. Martic, 6-4, 6-3
R16: Lost to Svitolina (4), 5-7, 4-6
22Elise MertensQ1 (2017)R1: Bye
R2: d. Pera, 7-6(5), 6-3
R3: Lost to Konta (11), 2-6, 1-6
23Anastasia PavlyuchenkovaR16 (2010-11)R1: Bye
R2: d. Sasnovich, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2
R3: Lost to Kerber (10), 4-6, 4-6
24Elena VesninaR16 (2008)R1: Bye
R2: Lost to Vekic, 3-6, 7-6(4), 1-6
25Barbora StrycovaR16 (2017)R1: Bye
R2: Lost to McHale, 1-6, 4-6
26Daria GavrilovaR16 (2015)R1: Bye
R2: d. Petkovic, 7-6(3), 6-4
R3: Lost to Svitolina (4), 6-4, 0-6, 1-6
27Carla Suarez NavarroRunner-up (2015)R1: Bye
R2: Lost to Wang Yafan, 5-7, 3-6
28Anett KontaveitR32 (2017)R1: Bye
R2: Lost to Sakkari, 4-6, 1-6
29Kiki BertensR3 (2016)R1: Bye
R2: d. Lepchenko, 5-7, 7-6(5), 6-1
R3: Lost to Williams (8), 7-5, 3-6, 5-7
30Agnieszka RadwanskaChampion (2012)R1: Bye
R2: d. van Uytvanck, 6-4, 7-6(4)
R3: d. Halep (1), 3-6, 6-2, 6-3
R16: Lost to Azarenka, 2-6, 2-6
31Zhang ShuaiR3 (2017)R1: Bye
R2: Lost to Haddad Maia, 3-6, 2-6
32Sorana CirsteaR16 (2013)R1: Bye
R2: Lost to Hsieh, 5-7, 2-6

About the Miami Open

The WTA Miami Open presented by Itau (formerly the Sony Open) follows on from two weeks of tennis in California, and boasts the participation of the sport's top men and women in a combined ATP Masters Series and Premier level event.  The 2018 Miami Open will be the last to be staged at Crandon Park, as the tournament moves to the the Dolphins Stadium, home ground of NFL team Miami Dolphins from the 2019 season.

Tournament founder Butch Buchholz's ambition was for the Miami tennis tournament to become the first Grand Slam at the year. Christened "The Winter Wimbledon", its debut in 1985 came at a time when the Australian Open was held at the end of the year. The first ball was struck at the event in the February of the aforementioned year, with Tim Mayotte and Martina Navratilova the first champions crowned. Each defeated a fellow American - Mayotte beating Scott Davis, and Navratilova taking down Chris Evert.

While the event has never reached major status, it has - for the duration of its life - been in a two-way fight with Indian Wells for the title of the 'Fifth Slam'. The tournament broke its all-time attendance record in 2012, with 326,131 fans turning out to watch the action. Last year, an impressive 300,952 total attendances were recorded - the seventh straight year that attendance would soar above 300,000.

Miami is one of only two non-Slam events that runs over the course of two weeks. It showcases the best players in the world as part of the spring hard-court swing, ahead of the start of the European clay court season, which will ultimately lead up to the second Grand Slam of the year: Roland Garros.

2018 Miami Open tournament information

Miami Open tournament information

Miami Open
Dates19 March- 1 April 2018
LocationMiami, Florida, USA
VenueTennis Center at Crandon Park
SurfaceHard (Laykold), outdoor
ATP World Tour categoryMasters 1000
WTA Tour categoryPremier Mandatory
Entrants96 singles/32 doubles
Number of seeds32
Reigning men's championRoger Federer
Reigning women's championJohanna Konta
Prize money (men)$7,037,595
Prize money (women)$6,844,139

Previous Miami Open champions

*active players are in bold

Previous Miami Open champions

1985Martina NavratilovaChris Evert
1986Chris EvertSteffi Graf
1987Steffi GrafChris Evert
1988Steffi Graf (2)Chris Evert
1989Gabriela SabatiniChris Evert
1990Monica SelesJudith Wiesner
1991Monica Seles (2)Gabriela Sabatini
1992Arantxa Sanchez VicarioGabriela Sabatini
1993Arantxa Sanchez Vicario (2)Steffi Graf
1994Steffi Graf (3)Natasha Zvereva
1995Steffi Graf (4)Kimiko Date
1996Steffi Graf (5)Chandra Rubin
1997Martina HingisMonica Seles
1998Venus WilliamsAnna Kournikova
1999Venus Williams (2)Serena Williams
2000Martina Hingis (2)Lindsay Davenport
2001Venus Williams (3)Jennifer Capriati
2002Serena WilliamsJennifer Capriati
2003Serena Williams (2)Jennifer Capriati
2004Serena Williams (3)Elena Dementieva
2005Kim ClijstersMaria Sharapova
2006Svetlana KuznetsovaMaria Sharapova
2007Serena Williams (4)Justine Henin
2008Serena Williams (5)Jelena Jankovic
2009Victoria AzarenkaSerena Williams
2010Kim Clijsters (2)Venus Williams
2011Victoria Azarenka (2)Maria Sharapova
2012Agnieszka RadwanskaMaria Sharapova
2013Serena Williams (6)Maria Sharapova
2014Serena Williams (7)Li Na
2015Serena Williams (8)Carla Suarez Navarro
2016Victoria Azarenka (3)Svetlana Kuznetsova
2017Johanna KontaCaroline Wozniacki

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Miami Open 2018 live stream: Watch and bet on WTA Miami tennis live online

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