The last Premier Mandatory of the season brings together the best and brightest of the WTA Tour's stars to compete for 1,000 ranking points and $6,381,679 in prize money at the China Open in Beijing.

The nine-day tournament is the last that brings together all of the best players in women's tennis before the season ends, and the 2018 field is as glittering as ever: World no. 1 Simona Halep is joined by defending champion Caroline Garcia, Australian Open winner Caroline Wozniacki, Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber and US Open champion Naomi Osaka as well as in-form home favourite Wang Qiang and the rest of the WTA Tour's top stars when the 2018 China Open takes place in Beijing from 29 September-7 October.

China Open Live Streaming

WTA Beijing tennis is live from 29 September-7 October with play starting around 11am local/4am BST. Matches are televised via BT Sports in the UK, but bookmaker bet365 are also offering customers the opportunity to watch a live stream of the match alongside in-play betting.

Watch and bet on Beijing 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 & bet on WTA Beijing 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 Beijing tennis, live from 29 September-7 October 2018.

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. 

China Open tournament schedule

China Open WTA Players 2018

The entire WTA Tour top 10, led by world no. 1 Simona Halep, defending champion Caroline Garcia and all current holders of the Grand Slam titles are in the field for the 2018 China Open, live from Beijing from 29 September-7 October 2018.

Halep, runner-up to Garcia in 2017, will hope to go one better in 2018 at the China Open as the Romanian seeks to crown a tremendous season, which has seen her win a maiden Grand Slam title at Roland Garros, claim the Montreal and Shenzhen crowns and reach finals in Rome, Cincinnati and at the Australian Open, by finishing the season world no. 1. 

Hot on Halep's heels however is the other woman who at the time of writing has qualified for the WTA Finals Singapore, Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber. The Sydney champion has three times made the quarterfinals in Beijing - will this be her year to go further?

With six places still open at the season-ending championships in Singapore at the time of writing, the last Premier Mandatory of the year could play a crucial role in determining the makeup of the elite eight. High on the list of Singapore contenders who will be looking to seal qualification in Beijing are former finalist Petra Kvitova, who has won five WTA Tour titles including a Premier Mandatory in Madrid; and the new supernova of women's tennis, Naomi Osaka, who has claimed two of the season's biggest prizes on hard courts, first the Premier Mandatory at Indian Wells and then her maiden Grand Slam title at the US Open. Could Osaka make it a hat-trick in Beijing?

Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki, winner at the China Open in 2010, will hope to capture her second title in Beijing, and Dubai and Rome champion Elina Svitolina - another Singapore hopeful - will be looking for her first Premier Mandatory crown. Miami Open champion and French Open runner-up Sloane Stephens is also looking to make Singapore for the very first time, and to claim another Premier Mandatory title before her very strong season ends.

Tokyo champion Karolina Pliskova, Cincinnati and Seoul winner Kiki Bertens, and rising Belarusian star Aryna Sabalenka are among those who come in on supremely strong form, while former champions Victoria Azarenka, Garbine Muguruza and Caroline Garcia will all look to recapture the title in Beijing when the China Open begins on Saturday 29 September 2018.

About the China Open

The fourth and final Premier Mandatory of the WTA Tour season takes place at the China Open in Beijing as the WTA Tour's autumn Asian swing reaches its zenith.

First played in 1994 as a modest Tier IV event won by Indonesia's Yayuk Basuki, the China Open has grown in size, prestige and popularity over the years to become the biggest tournament on the Asian leg of the WTA calendar. After a three-year hiatus in 1997-99, the China Open returned as a Tier IV event in 2000-2, during which time Monica Seles captured the title and Anna Kournikova made the final; then in 2003 it was upgraded to a Tier II event. Over the next six years, several of the WTA Tour's most popular players would capture the title or reach the final, including Elena Dementieva (2003), Serena Williams (2004), Maria Kirilenko (2005), Svetlana Kuznetsova (2006) and Jelena Jankovic (2008) - Russian players enjoyed an extraordinary period of success at the China Open during these years, with Dementieva, Kuznetsova and Kirilenko all taking the title while Kuznetsova also made the finals in 2004 and 2008, finishing runner-up to Williams and Jankovic.

This perhaps foreshadowed the success that Russian players would enjoy at the 2008 Olympics, which were held in Beijing with the tennis played at the China National Tennis Centre, where the centre court accommodates up to 15,000 spectators. Russian players would sweep the women's singles, with China Open champion Elena Dementieva taking the gold, Dinara Safina the silver and Vera Zvonareva - who would go on to make the China Open final in 2010 - the bronze.

From 2009, the China Open was upgraded to a Premier Mandatory event - one of just four on the calendar - joining Indian Wells and Miami, played on American hard courts in the spring, and the clay-court Mutua Madrid Open. The China Open, which would be staged at the China National Tennis Centre at the Beijing Olympic Park from 2009 onwards, thus became one of the most significant events on the WTA Tour calendar outside the four Grand Slams and the WTA Finals Singapore - and unlike Indian Wells, Miami and Madrid, the China Open genuinely showcases the WTA Tour and the best of women's tennis as its star attraction; instead of being paired with a Masters 1000 Series event, the ATP World Tour event is a 500-level tournament.

Svetlana Kuznetsova would be the first to capture the China Open title in the tournament's new incarnation in 2009, becoming the first woman to win multiple trophies in Beijing - joined by Serena Williams when she won her second title in 2013, and then by Agnieszka Radwanska when she claimed the crown in 2011 and then 2016.

Serena Williams isn't the only China Open champion to have been ranked world no. 1 - five other women who have held the top spot have triumphed in Beijing: Jankovic (2008), Wozniacki (2010), Victoria Azarenka (2012), Maria Sharapova (2014) and Garbine Muguruza (2015). In 2017, France's Caroline Garcia became the first woman to capture the Wuhan and Beijing titles in the same season.

Played following International events in Guangzhou, Seoul and Tashkent, the Premier-level Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo and the Premier-5 level Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open the preceding week (with those players who make the semifinals in Wuhan offered special byes into the second round in Beijing), the China Open is at the heart of the Asian swing - and in addition to the prize money and glory on offer at the glittering event, it's also a key battleground for players looking to seal qualification for the WTA Finals Singapore, the elite eight-woman season-ending championships played at the end of October which bring the WTA Tour season to a resounding climax. It's just another factor that adds spice and zest to the showcase event that is Beijing's China Open, the fourth and final WTA Tour Premier Mandatory of the tennis season. 

WTA Beijing tournament information

Fast facts about the WTA China Open

China OpenWTA Beijing
LocationBeijing, China
VenueChina National Tennis Centre, Beijing Olympic Park
Dates29 September-7 October 2018
First played1994
CategoryPremier Mandatory
SurfaceHard courts
Prize moneyUS$6,289,521
Draw size60 singles/28 doubles
Reigning singles championCaroline Garcia
Reigning doubles championsYung-Jan Chan/Martina Hingis

WTA China Open ranking points

These are the ranking points awarded by the WTA Tour for reaching various rounds at a Premier Mandatory event like the China Open, which features a 64-player singles draw (60 players, plus four first-round byes for semifinalists at the Wuhan Open).

WTA Premier Mandatory ranking points (64 draw)

Round of 16120
Round of 3265
Round of 6410

WTA China Open champions

Here is a complete list of all the players who have captured the singles title at the China Open since the tournament's creation in 1994. 

The names of players still active in singles are given in bold.

Previous winners of the China Open

as Tier IV event
1994Yayuk BasukiKyoko Nagutsuka
1995Linda WildWang Shi-ting
1996Wang Shi-tingChen Li-ling
2000Megan ShaughnessyIroda Tulyaganova
2001Monica SelesNicole Pratt
2002Anna SmashnovaAnna Kournikova
as Tier II event
2003Elena DementievaChanda Rubin
2004Serena WilliamsSvetlana Kuznetsova
2005Maria KirilenkoAnna-Lena Groenefeld
2006Svetlana KuznetsovaAmelie Mauresmo
2007Agnes SzavayJelena Jankovic
2008Jelena JankovicSvetlana Kuznetsova
as Premier Mandatory event
2009Svetlana KuznetsovaAgnieszka Radwanska
2010Caroline WozniackiVera Zvonareva
2011Agnieszka RadwanskaAndrea Petkovic
2012Victoria AzarenkaMaria Sharapova
2013Serena Williams (2)Jelena Jankovic
2014Maria SharapovaPetra Kvitova
2015Garbine MuguruzaTimea Bacsinszky
2016Agnieszka Radwanska (2)Johanna Konta
2017Caroline GarciaSimona Halep

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