WTA Auckland

One of three WTA events spread out across the Asia-Pacific region in the opening week of the 2019 tennis season, the ASB Classic in Auckland will once again play host to some of the top star’s in women’s tennis between December 31 and January 6, 2019.

A repeat of last year’s final could be on the cards as defending champion Julia Goerges and World No. 3 Caroline Wozniacki return, while former World No. 1s and major champions Victoria Azarenka and Venus Williams will be looking to kick off 2019 with a bang after quiet campaigns last season.

WTA Auckland Live Streaming

WTA Auckland tennis is live from December 30 to January 6, 2019, with play starting around 12.00pm local/11.00pm GMT. Bookmaker bet365 are offering customers the opportunity to watch a live stream of the match alongside in-play betting.

Watch and bet on WTA Auckland tennis live at bet365 > live streaming > tennis (geo-restrictions apply; funded account required or to have placed a bet in the last 24 hours to qualify)

How to watch and bet on WTA Auckland International tennis:

1. Visit the bet365 website

2. Sign into your account or register for a new one

3. Select Live Streaming

4. Select 'Tennis’ from the ‘All Sports’ dropdown menu

5. Enjoy a live stream & in-play betting for WTA Auckland tennis, live from December 31 to January 6, 2019.

PLEASE NOTE: You must have a funded account or have placed a bet in the last 24 hours in order to watch tennis; geo-restrictions apply.

WTA Auckland Tournament Schedule

WTA Auckland 2019 schedule

Date - TimeEvent Name Location
31 Dec 2018 02:00R1
01 Jan 2019 02:00R1
02 Jan 2019 23:00R2
03 Jan 2019 23:00R2
04 Jan 2019 23:00QFs
05 Jan 2019 02:00SFs
06 Jan 2019 04:00Final

WTA Auckland Players 2019

Another star-studded field will converge in the vibrant New Zealand city of Auckland for the 2019 ASB Classic as some of the best players in women’s tennis aim to launch their respective new seasons with a title.

Fans might get to witness a repeat of last season’s showpiece as defending champion Julia Goerges and World No. 3 Caroline Wozniacki return to Auckland as the top two seeds for another crack at the silverware.

Goerges was one of the tour’s most in-form players at this stage of the year 12 months ago, beginning her 2018 season on the back of title triumphs in Moscow and Zhuhai towards the end of 2017, and she continued her blistering form into the new year as she compiled a 15-match winning streak that ultimately saw her beat Wozniacki in straight sets in the final and propelled her into the top 10 for the first time in her career.

The German went on to finish runner-up in Charleston and make her first Grand Slam semi-final at Wimbledon, ending 2018 at No. 14 in the world.

Meanwhile, Wozniacki took home the ultimate prize after finishing second-best to Goerges in Auckland, going on to secure her first major title at the Australian Open later that month, proving that competing at the ASB Classic can help with preparations for the first Grand Slam of the season. The Dane didn’t make too much impact for the remainder of 2018 at the biggest events, but Wozniacki did pick up two more titles in Eastbourne and Beijing to finish the season at No. 3 in the world.

The two top seeds will be joined in the 2019 ASB Classic field by two of the more recognisable names in women’s tennis: Venus Williams and Victoria Azarenka. Both former World No. 1s and multiple-time Grand Slam champions, both Venus and Azarenka didn’t have their best seasons in 2018 for different reasons, but each will be determined to kick off 2019 in positive fashion.

Venus was a runner-up in Auckland against Ana Ivanovic in 2014 before clinching the title over Wozniacki the following season, while Azarenka was forced to withdraw from last year’s tournament as he custody battle with her ex-partner was not yet resolved.

Outside of the headline acts, there’s numerous other WTA stars on show, including the likes of former Wimbledon runner-up Eugenie Bouchard, Olympic gold medalist Monica Puig, rising stars Sofia Kenin and Marketa Vondrousova and experienced veterans Petra Martic, Barbora Strycova, Kirsten Flipkens and Su-Wei Hsieh.

About WTA Auckland

The ASB Classic is the only global men’s and women’s event held in New Zealand, and for the first time in 35 years the tournament was united as a joint ATP-WTA event in 2016. The women’s edition is typically played the week before the men’s, and this structure has continued despite the two tournaments being united under the one name.

The WTA edition of the ASB Classic was launched in 1985 and only two players in its history have ever managed to win back to back titles: Patty Fenwick (1988 and 1989) and Eleni Daniilidou (2003 and 2004). Lauren Davis will be attempting to achieve the feat in 2017. More recent champions who are still active include Sloane Stephens (2016), Venus Williams (2015), Agnieszka Radwanska (2013), Yanina Wickmayer (2010) and Jelena Jankovic (2007). 

Meanwhile, Grand Slam champions who have captured the title include Marion Bartoli, who defeated Vera Zvonareva in 2006; Lindsay Davenport, who beat Aravane Rezai for the 2008 title; and 2008 French Open champion Ana Ivanovic, who made a great run to the title in 2014, defeating Venus Williams in the final.

Staged at the ASB Tennis Arena in the beautiful city of Auckland, the ASB Classic consistently attracts a star-studded field, as the top players return to action refreshed following the off-season. It is played alongside events in Shenzhen and in Brisbane as players prepare for the Australian summer in the lead up to the first Grand Slam of the year.

It was originally held on grass before becoming part of the antipodean hard-court swing, and moving to its current pre-Australian Open spot in the calendar in 1996.

Excitement is building for the 2019 ASB Classic, with New Zealand tennis fans expected to flock to Auckland in order to catch a glimpse of Wozniacki, Azarenka, Venus, Goerges and more.

WTA Auckland Tournament Information

WTA ASB Classic Fast Facts

WTA ASB ClassicWTA Auckland
DatesDecember 31 to January 6
VenueASB Tennis Centre
LocationAuckland
First Played1986
SurfaceHard
CategoryInternational
Draw Size32 Singles/ 16 Doubles
Prize Money$226,750
Reigning Singles' ChampionJulia Goerges
Reigning Doubles' ChampionsSara Errani/Bibiane Schoofs

Former WTA Auckland Champions

WTA ASB Classic Previous Winners

YearWinnerRunner-Up
1986Anne HobbsLouise Field
1987Gretchen MagersTerry Phelps
1988Patty FendickSara Gomer
1989Patty FendickBelinda Cordwell
1990Leila MeskhiSabine Appelmans
1991Eva SviglerovaAndrea Strnadova
1992Robin WhiteAndrea Strnadova
1993Elna ReinachCaroline Kuhlman
1994Ginger Helgeson-NielsenInes Garrochategui
1995Nicole BradtkeGinger Helgeson-Nielsen
1996Sandra CacicBarbara Paulus
1997Marion MaruskaJudith Wiesner
1998Dominique van RoostSilvia Farina Elia
1999Julie Halard-DecugisDominique van Roost
2000Anne KremerCara Black
2001Meilen TuPaola Suarez
2002Anna SmashnovaTatiana Panova
2003Elena DaniilidouCho Yoon-jeong
2004Elena DaniilidouAshley Harkleroad
2005Katarina SrebotnikShinobu Asagoe
2006Marion BartoliVera Zvonareva
2007Jelena JankovicVera Zvonareva
2008Lindsay DavenportAravane Rezai
2009Elena DementievaElena Vesnina
2010Yanina WickmayerFlavia Pennetta
2011Greta ArnYanina Wickmayer
2012Zheng JieFlavia Pennetta
2013Agnieszka RadwanskaYanina Wickmayer
2014Ana IvanovicVenus Williams
2015Venus WilliamsCaroline Wozniacki
2016Sloane StephensJulia Goerges
2017Lauren DavisAna Konjuh
2018Julia GoergesCaroline Wozniacki

WTA Auckland Ranking Points

Ranking points on offer at the Japan Women's Open

RoundPoints
Champion280
Finalist180
Semifinalist110
Quarterfinalist60
R1630
R11
Qualifying18
Q314
Q210
Q11

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