WTA Tokyo Premier 2017 Live Stream: Watch and bet on Toray Pan Pacific Open tennis live from Tokyo

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  • Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki, new world no. 1 Garbine Muguruza lead the Toray Pan Pacific Open tennis field in 2017
  • Toray Pan Pacific Open tennis is live from Tokyo from 18-24 September 2017
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Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki leads five of the WTA's top 10 at the Toray Pan Pacific Open in 2017, live from Tokyo from 18-24 September (TORU YAMANAKA/AFP/Getty Images)

New world no. 1 Garbine Muguruza and defending champion Caroline Wozniacki lead a stellar WTA Tokyo Premier field in 2017, including five of the WTA's top 10, former champions Agnieszka Radwanska and Petra Kvitova, and home favourite Naomi Osaka: Toray Pan Pacific Open tennis is live from 18-24 September 2017.

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Check back here when the 2017 Toray Pan Pacific Open begins on Monday 18 September. 

Toray Pan Pacific Open 2017 tournament schedule




Who is playing the Toray Pan Pacific Open in 2017?


The Toray Pan Pacific Open kicks off the WTA's star-studded Asian swing in earnest and as the first Premier event since the US Open - and a popular and prestigious one to boot - it attracts an extremely strong field and the 2017 edition is no exception, with five of the WTA's top 10 joined by former champions Petra Kvitova and Agnieszka Radwanska and home favourite Naomi Osaka when WTA Tokyo Premier begins on Monday 17 September. 

Caroline Wozniacki won her second Toray Pan Pacific Open title in 2016 as she recorded a superb, resurgent end to the season, which presaged great things in 2017, and the Dane returns to Tokyo to defend her title having once more successfully established herself in the top 10 after some difficult times. Champion in Tokyo in 2010 and 2016, Wozniacki has reached the final of no fewer than six tournaments this season including Doha, Dubai, Miami, Eastbourne and Toronto - can she get her first title for the year at the Toray Pan Pacific Open?

With Serena Williams absent for most of the year and Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova's comebacks still a work in progress, the WTA has enjoyed a season full of drama with various contenders stepping up to try to fill the top spot - chief among them Garbine Muguruza, who won her second major title at Wimbledon and also claimed the Cincinnati crown. Muguruza will be playing her first event as world no. 1 at the Toray Pan Pacific Open and the Spanish player, a semifinalist in Tokyo in 2014, will be hoping to crown her accession to the top spot with her third title of the year. 

Also representing the top 10 in Tokyo when the Toray Pan Pacific Open begins on 17 September are Karolina Pliskova, newly displaced as world no. 1 after falling in the quarterfinals of the US Open, who is looking to bounce back from her failure to defend her finalist points in New York by adding a fourth title to the ones she has already claimed this season in Brisbane, Doha and Eastbourne; Miami Open champion Johanna Konta, who made her second major semifinal at Wimbledon; and Dominika Cibulkova, a semifinalist in Tokyo in 2015 and a woman with every incentive to play well at the Toray Pan Pacific Open as she prepares to defend the points she gained from finishing runner-up in Wuhan and winning the WTA Finals Singapore in 2016. 

But there's more to the field than the top 10, with two former champions highlighting an already star-studded draw as well: 2011 and 2015 champion Agnieszka Radwanska, looking for her first title of a troubled season, should be a force to be reckoned with in Tokyo as she tries to make her fourth final in the Japanese capital. And then there's Petra Kvitova, Toray Pan Pacific Open runner-up in 2013, whose successful comeback from horrific knife injuries to her left hand sustained during a home invasion in December has been one of the most amazing stories of 2017. Having won the Aegon Classic in Birmingham in just her second event back, it's been an uneven road for Kvitova but the powerful Czech made a brilliant run to the quarterfinals of the US Open and seems hungry for more success on Asian hard courts - could she start by reclaiming the Tokyo title?

Madison Keys will be playing her first matches since reaching the US Open final at the 2017 edition of the Toray Pan Pacific Open, which also welcomes New Haven champion Daria Gavrilova, former world no. 1 and 2013 WTA Tokyo Premier runner-up Angelique Kerber and St Petersburg champion Kristina Mladenovic. But the home crowd will be firmly behind 19-year-old Japanese-American powerhouse Naomi Osaka, the rising star of women's tennis who recently ended Kerber's title defense at the US Open in stunning style. As a wildcard in 2016, Osaka beat Cibulkova and Elina Svitolina in a fantastic run to the Toray Pan Pacific Open final - can she do it again in 2017?

Toray Pan Pacific Open seeds

Check back here for a full list of seeded players at the 2017 Toray Pan Pacific Open when the draw is released.

About the Toray Pan Pacific Open

The WTA's series of tournaments throughout Asia begins in earnest with the Premier-level Toray Pan Pacific Open in mid-September, which never fails to attract a star-studded field.

The second in a double bill of women's tennis events held in the Japanese capital in the weeks following the US Open, the Toray Pan Pacific Open follows the International-level Japan Women's Open Tennis and takes place at the same venue - the Ariake Tennis Forest Park - but as a Premier-level event brings a bigger field of higher-ranked players to fans whose appetites are already whetted by the previous week of competition in their city. 

One of the most popular and prestigious Premier-level events on the WTA calendar, the Toray Pan Pacific Open is a firm favourite with top players who often choose to return to action after the US Open at the Ariake Coliseum, warming up for the big events of the autumn swing in Wuhan and Beijing and with contenders for the WTA Finals Singapore looking to wrap up qualification for the elite eight-woman season-ending championships.

The roots of the Toray Pan Pacific Open date back to 1976 when the tournament, then known as the Sillook Open, was played on indoor carpet courts in Tokyo, with Betty Stove beating Margaret Court in the final - it has been an important part of the WTA calendar ever since, and has never left the Japanese capital. The tournament would change names a couple of times before becoming the Pan Pacific Open in 1984, but remained played on indoor carpet at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium. 

During this period many of the WTA's great champions were included among the winners of the Pan Pacific Open, with Billie Jean King winning back-to-back titles in 1979-80, Steffi Graf taking the crown in 1986 and 1990, Gabriela Sabatini in 1987 and 1991-2, and Martina Navratilova in 1989 and 1993 - indeed, the great Navratilova, who made her first Tokyo final in 1977, featured in all but one of the finals played between 1989 and 1994. Japan crowned its first champion in the form of Kimiko Date (later Kimiko Date Krum) in 1995 when she beat Lindsay Davenport, but Krum would be the last Japanese woman to make the final until Naomi Osaka in 2016.

Now a Tier I tournament but still played on carpet, the Pan Pacific Open saw Lindsay Davenport (1988, 2001 and 2003-4) join the ranks of multiple champions, while Maria Sharapova claimed the title as a 20-year-old in 2005 and Russians Elena Dementieva (2006) and Dinara Safina (2008) followed suit. But this was the era in which the Tokyo tournament would find its greatest champion, Martina Hingis. The 'Swiss Miss' still holds the record for most Pan Pacific Open titles won, claiming five singles titles between 1997, when she beat Graf in the final as a 16-year-old, and 2007, when she defeated Ana Ivanovic. Hingis also finished runner-up in 2001 and 2006.

The Toray Pan Pacific Open became an outdoor hard-court tournament in 2008 and also moved to the Ariake Tennis Forest Park, where the Ariake Coliseum, the centre court, boasted seating for 10,000 fans. Reclassified as a Premier-5 tournament, ratifying its status as one of the highlights of the WTA's Asian swing, Maria Sharapova won the inaugural edition of the new-look Pan Pacific Open in 2009 and would be joined in the winners' circle by Caroline Wozniacki (2010), Agnieszka Radwanska (2011), Nadia Petrova (2012) and Petra Kvitova (2013). 

The tournament became a Premier-level event in 2014, but it didn't affect its popularity with top players still choosing to compete in the Japanese capital as they warmed up for the new Premier-5 event in Wuhan which now followed the Pan Pacific Open by a week. Ana Ivanovic defeated 2010 champion Wozniacki in a popular final in 2014, and Radwanska took her second title in 2015 when she beat Belinda Bencic. The 2016 edition saw Wozniacki take her second title at the Pan Pacific Open, but it was Naomi Osaka who was the real star of the event as she became just the second woman to make the final in Tokyo, and the first since Date 21 years previously. 

Toray Pan Pacific Open fast facts


 

Fast facts about WTA Tokyo Premier

Toray Pan Pacific OpenWTA Tokyo Premier
Dates18-24 September 2017
LocationTokyo, Japan
VenueAriake Tennis Forest Park
SurfaceOutdoor hard courts
CategoryPremier
Draw size56 singles/16 doubles
Prize money$1,000,000
First played1976
Most titlesMartina Hingis (5)
Reigning singles championCaroline Wozniacki
Reigning doubles championsSania Mirza/Barbora Strycova


Past Toray Pan Pacific Open champions

Previous winners at WTA Tokyo Premier

YearChampionRunner-up
1976Betty StoveMargaret Court
1977Virginia WadeMartina Navratilova
1978Virginia Wade (2)Betty Stove
1979Billie Jean KingEvonne Goolagong
1980Billie Jean King (2)Terry Holladay
1981Ann KiyomuraBettina Bunge
1982Bettina BungeBarbara Potter
1983Lisa BonderAndrea Jaeger
1984Manuela MaleevaClaudia Kohde-Kilsch
1985Manuela Maleeva (2)Bonnie Gadusek
1986Steffi GrafManuela Maleeva
1987Gabriela SabatiniManuela Maleeva
1988Pam ShriverHelena Sukova
1989Martina NavratilovaLori McNeil
1990Steffi Graf (2)Arantxa Sanchez Vicario
1991Gabriela Sabatini (2)Martina Navratilova
1992Gabriela Sabatini (3)Martina Navratilova
1993Martina Navratilova (2)Larisa Savchenko-Nieland
1994Steffi Graf (3)Martina Navratilova
1995Kimiko DateLindsay Davenport
1996Iva MajoliArantxa Sanchez Vicario
1997Martina HingisSteffi Graf
1998Lindsay DavenportMartina Hingis
1999Martina Hingis (2)Amanda Coetzer
2000Martina Hingis (3)Sandrine Testud
2001Lindsay Davenport (2)Martina Hingis
2002Martina Hingis (4)Monica Seles
2003Lindsay Davenport (3)Monica Seles
2004Lindsay Davenport (4) Magdalena Maleeva
2005Maria SharapovaLindsay Davenport
2006Elena DementievaMartina Hingis
2007Martina Hingis (5)Ana Ivanovic
2008Dinara SafinaSvetlana Kuznetsova
2009Maria Sharapova (2)Jelena Jankovic
2010Caroline WozniackiElena Dementieva
2011Agnieszka RadwanskaVera Zvonareva
2012Nadia PetrovaAgnieszka Radwanska
2013Petra KvitovaAngelique Kerber
2014Ana IvanovicCaroline Wozniacki
2015Agnieszka Radwanska (2)Belinda Bencic
2016Caroline Wozniacki (2)Naomi Osaka




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