WTA Brisbane

Seven of the world’s top 10 players are in action as the new WTA season begins at the 2019 Brisbane International, live from the Queensland National Tennis Centre from December 30 to January 6.

Led by defending champion and WTA Finals winner Elina Svitolina, a stellar field will once again converge in Brisbane as the top women in tennis look to launch their season with a Premier-level title!

WTA Brisbane Live Streaming

WTA Brisbane International tennis is live from December 30 to January 6, 2019, with play starting around 11.00am local/1.00am 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 Brisbane 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 Brisbane 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 Brisbane International tennis, live from December 30 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 Brisbane Tournament Schedule

WTA Brisbane Players 2019

One of the strongest fields the Brisbane International has ever seen will be in action at the 2019 edition of the tournament, with four Grand Slam champions, a former World No. 1, the defending champion and seven of the world’s top 10 players set to battle it out for the silverware.

Consistently one of the highest-quality tournaments on the WTA calendar due to it’s timing at the very start of the year when players are fresh and raring to go after vigorous off-season training regimes, we are guaranteed to witness some spectacular tennis once again in the Queensland capital.

Leading the field is World No. 4 and defending champion Elina Svitolina, who is coming into 2019 on the highest of highs after securing the biggest title of her career at the season-ending WTA Finals Singapore at the end of 2018. After starting the season with three titles in Brisbane, Dubai and Rome, Svitolina experienced a challenging period from the French Open until the very last tournament of the year, but she switched her fortunes around in stunning fashion, taking five top 10 scalps on the trot as she was crowned an unbeaten champion.

Looking to translate that sort of form into the Grand Slam arena in 2019, Svitolina first needs to focus on her Brisbane title defence, with the Ukrainian set to be challenged by a ridiculously strong field.

Leading the charge are the U.S. Open champions of the last two seasons: No. 5 Naomi Osaka and No. 5 Sloane Stephens. The 20-year-old Osaka put together a whirlwind 2018 campaign, picking up her first Premier Mandatory crown at Indian Wells before capturing her maiden major title in New York with a superb dispatch of Serena Williams in the final. Stephens meanwhile is coming off another great year in which she made her second Grand Slam final at Roland Garros, won the Premier Mandatory silverware in Miami and also finished runner-up at Montreal and the WTA Finals to Svitolina.

Czech powerhouses Karolina Pliskova and Petra Kvitova will be hoping to begin their seasons with a bang after their nation won the Fed Cup in the very last top-tier event of 2018. Pliskova is a former champion in Brisbane and knows what it takes to be triumphant at the start of the year, while Kvitova won five titles throughout 2018 but did run out of steam towards the end of the season.

The newest members of the top 10 - Kiki Bertens and Daria Kasatkina - round off the list of very top players at the 2019 Brisbane International. Bertens transformed from a clay-court specialist to an all-surface superstar last year, winning the Cincinnati title and reaching the quarter-finals of Wimbledon as she qualified for the season-ending WTA Finals for the first time, while Kasatkina’s highlights included a title in front of her home fans in Moscow and a runner-up showing at Indian Wells.

There’s a whole host of other WTA stars who are more than capable of going on a run all the way to the title in Brisbane.

Anastasija Sevastova and Elise Mertens both made Grand Slam semi-finals in 2018 and will be determined to build on career-best seasons, while other young talents such as Anett Kontaveit, Donna Vekic and Katerina Siniakova will be looking to take their games to the next level in 2019.

Last year’s surprise runner-up Aliaksandra Sasnovich returns for another tilt at the title, while she will be joined by the likes of more experienced players who will be aiming to re-establish themselves among the top echelons of women’s tennis much more, including Carla Suarez Navarro, Johanna Konta, Kristina Mladenovic and Samantha Stosur.

About WTA Brisbane

The Brisbane International tournament was launched in 2009 as it became a joint ATP/WTA event, linking up to the pre-existing men-only tournament. Since then, it has been a popular event for players to kick off the new year as they attune to the Australian conditions ahead of all of the action at Melbourne Park. However, it is not the only tournament to begin the new season, with the Hopman Cup, Shenzhen Open and the ASB Classic in Auckland played simultaneously.

In fact, the Brisbane International is just one of four Australian events in which players can compete to prepare for the scorching temperatures in Melbourne's Grand Slam. The Apia International Sydney is one of the others, occurring the week after the action in Brisbane and concluding just two days before the Australian Open begins. The other tournament, along with Perth’s Hopman Cup, is the Hobart International, which takes place at the same time as the Sydney event.

The Brisbane International was rebranded as a Premier tournament in 2012 - the first of it’s kind for the season - while the tournament’s prize money has increased significantly over the years from an initial purse of $220,000 to current overall winnings of $1 million.

Staged at the Queensland Tennis Centre with an aesthetically-pleasing Centre Court (Pat Rafter Arena) which lends itself to a tremendous atmosphere, the Brisbane International has seen it’s fare share of star winners since its launch in 2009. Victoria Azarenka won the inaugural tournament, while Kim Clijsters defeated compatriot Justine Henin in the final the following season in what was one of the best matches in recent memory. Serena Williams (2013-14) and Azarenka (2009 & 2016) are the only players to have captured multiple titles.

Kaia Kanepi was the first winner of the event since it’s transition to WTA Premier status in 2012, while a whole host of former World No. 1s took home subsequent titles, including Serena Williams in 2013-14, Maria Sharapova in 2015, Victoria Azarenka in 2016 and Karolina Pliskova in 2017. Elina Svitolina is the defending champion after she beat qualifier Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-2 6-1 in the 2018 final.

WTA Brisbane Tournament Information

WTA Brisbane fast facts

WTA BrisbaneBrisbane International
DatesDecember 31 to January 6
VenueQueensland Tennis Centre
LocationBrisbane, Australia
First Played2009
Draw Size32
CategoryWTA Premier
Prize Money$1,000,000
Reigning Singles ChampionElina Svitolina
Reigning Doubles ChampionKiki Bertens/Demi Schuurs

Former WTA Brisbane Champions

Previous WTA Brisbane winners

2009Victoria AzarenkaMarion Bartoli
2010Kim ClijstersJustine Henin
2011Petra KvitovaAndrea Petkovic
2012Kaia KanepiDaniela Hantuchova
2013Serena WilliamsAnastasia Pavlyuchenkova
2014Serena WilliamsVictoria Azarenka
2015Maria SharapovaAna Ivanovic
2016Victoria AzarenkaAngelique Kerber
2017Karolina PliskovaAlize Cornet
2018Elina SvitolinaAliaksandra Sasnovich


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