The Western & Southern Open, a WTA Premier-5 event which is also a Masters 1000 Series event for the men, is the last big event featuring all the top stars of women's tennis before the fourth and final Grand Slam of the year takes place at the US Open.

Cincinnati, Ohio is the location for the Western & Southern Open, the fourth of five Premier-5 events sprinkled throughout the WTA Tour season. The 2018 edition is live from the Lindner Family Tennis Centre from 13-19 August.

Cincinnati Open live streaming

WTA Cincinnati tennis is live from 13-19 August with play starting around 11am local/4pm 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 Cincinnati 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 Cincinnati 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 Cincinnati tennis, live from 13-19 August 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. 

WTA Cincinnati schedule

Qualifying begins for the Western & Southern Open on the Friday before the tournament officially begins, with main-draw women's matches beginning on Monday 13 August and the women's final taking place on Sunday 19 August.

Who is playing WTA Cincinnati in 2018?

The 2018 Western & Southern Open features a star-studded player field as usual, with two-time winner Serena Williams, world no. 1 Simona Halep and defending champion Garbine Muguruza at the head of the draw. 

Simona Halep will look to continue an incredible season that saw her make the final of the Australian Open and win her maiden major title at Roland Garros as she heads the field at the Western & Southern Open. The Romanian has made the final in Cincinnati twice of the past three years, finishing runner-up to Williams in 2015 and Muguruza in 2017, and will hope to excel again - but Halep has to make a quick transition to Cincinnati after a gruelling run to the final stages of the Rogers Cup in Montreal.

Halep also has to contend with some tough players in her quarter, led by defending champion Muguruza, who is one of the players looking for form ahead of the US Open after a right arm injury kept her out of San Jose and Montreal. Also on a potential collision course with Halep are rising Australian star Ashleigh Barty, a semifinalist in Montreal; 2017 French Open champion and Miami runner-up Jelena Ostapenko; Indian Wells champion Naomi Osaka and former US Open semifinalist Ekaterina Makarova.

Another reigning major champion, Australian Open winner Caroline Wozniacki, anchors the bottom of the WTA Cincinnati draw as the second seed. The Dane is looking for her first Western & Southern Open title but could face Madrid Open runner-up Kiki Bertens - the clay-court specialist now taking her big game to hard courts as well - early in the tournament as well as Venus Williams, Indian Wells runner-up Daria Kasatkina, Citi Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova and fifth seed Elina Svitolina, the Ukrainian who has won four Premier-5 titles in 2017-18 so far.

US Open champion Sloane Stephens is faced with the prospect of having to defend her maiden major title shortly, but the American has shored up her position in the top 10 with her Miami Open title and her run to the French Open final and is playing the best tennis of her career at the moment. Can she bring that form to Cincinnati after a semifinal appearance in Montreal?

And if she does, will it be enough as Stephens has to contend with opponents in her quarter like two-time champion Serena Williams, the 23-time Grand Slam champion looking for form ahead of the US Open, and another major winner in Petra Kvitova, who has won five WTA Tour titles already in 2018?

Former champions Victoria Azarenka and Karolina Pliskova are also in the Western & Southern Open draw, with Wimbledon winner Angelique Kerber looking to improve on a former best runner-up finish in Cincinnati and US Open runner-up Madison Keys hoping to serve her way into form at WTA Cincinnati in 2018.

About WTA Cincinnati

The Western & Southern Open is one of the highlights of the summer hard-court season that sees the best players in women's tennis battling for prestigious tournament prizes and titles in their own right as well as warming up for the final major of the year, the US Open. 

Before the best in women's tennis head to the hustle and bustle of New York for the last Grand Slam of the season, they fetch up in Cincinnati, Ohio where the Lindner Family Tennis Centre has hosted one of the WTA Tour's elite Premier-5 events for over a decade.

The history of the Western & Southern Open stretches back to 1899 when it was first played as the Cincinnati Open and held on clay, which would mainly be its surface until 1979 when the tournament surface switched to hard courts. Played at the Cincinnati Tennis Club from 1903 until 1972, the tournament moved to its present venue, the Lindner Family Tennis Centre, in 1979; a permanent tennis stadium was built to host it, and the complex is now the only one outside the four Grand Slams which features four stadium courts.

For most of its history, the Cincinnati Open was not played at the same time as the men's event and the tournament was not held at all between 1989 and 2003, when it was reinstated. In 2009, the tournament became a Premier-5 level event, one of five such events on the WTA Tour along with Doha/Dubai, Rome, the Rogers Cup and Wuhan. As a Premier-5 level event, the Cincinnati Open - renamed the Western & Southern Open in 2011 when the tournament was combined with the men's event for the first time - offers $2 million in prize money and 900 ranking points to the winner.

Since the WTA tournament was relocated to Cincinnati in 2004, it has seen many luminaries of women's tennis capture the title. Lindsay Davenport was the first homegrown winner of the revamped tournament in 2004, with Vera Zvonareva and Anna Chakvetadze among those who captured the title in subsequent years. 

When the Western & Southern Open became a Premier-5 event in 2009, Jelena Jankovic was the inaugural champion, followed by a lineage of other great winners: Kim Clijsters in 2010, Maria Sharapova in 2011, Li Na in 2012 and Victoria Azarenka in 2013. Serena Williams became the first woman in the post-2004 history of the Cincinnati Open to win back-to-back titles in 2014 and 2015, while Karolina Pliskova in 2016 became the first non-major champion since Jankovic in 2009 to win the title - although she would come close to breaking into the Grand Slam winners' club when she reached the final of the US Open a few weeks later. Wimbledon and French Open champion Garbine Muguruza became the tournament's first Spanish champion in 2017.

WTA Cincinnati tournament information

ATP Western and Southern Open Tournament Information

ATP CincinnatiWTA Cincinnati
Dates12-19 August12-19 August
LocationCincinnati, USCincinnati, US
VenueLindner Family Tennis CenterLindner Family Tennis Center
SurfaceHardHard
CategoryATP Masters 1000WTA Premier 5
Draw Size56 Singles/ 24 Doubles48 Singles/ 28 Doubles
First Played18991899
Prize Money$4,973,120$2,536,154
Reigning Singles' ChampionsGrigor DimitrovGarbine Muguruza
Reigning Doubles' ChampionsPierre-Hugues Herbert/Nicolas MahutChang Yung-Jan/Martina Hingis

WTA CINCINNATI RANKING POINTS

The Western & Southern Open is a WTA Tour Premier-5 level event with a 56-player singles draw and a 48-player qualifying draw, and distributes ranking points accordingly.

These are the points on offer for reaching each round in Cincinnati - players with byes into the second round receive first-round ranking points.

WTA Premier-5 ranking points

RoundPoints
Champion900
Final585
Semifinal350
Quarterfinal190
R16105
R3260
R641
Qualifying30
Q220
Q11

WTA Cincinnati champions

Only Open Era editions of the tournament are included.

Active players' names are in bold.

Previous winners of the Cincinnati Open (Open Era)

YearChampionRunner-up
1968Linda TueroTory Fretz 
1969Lesley Turner BowreyGail Chanfreu
1970Rosemary CasalsNancy Richey Gunter
1971Virginia WadeLinda Tuero
1972Margaret CourtEvonne Goolagong
1973Evonne GoolagongChris Evert
1974-87Not held
1988Barbara PotterHelen Kelesi
1989-2003Not held
2004Lindsay DavenportVera Zvonareva
2005Patty SchnyderAkiko Morigami
2006Vera ZvonarevaKatarina Srebotnik
2007Anna ChakvetadzeAkiko Morigami
2008Nadia PetrovaNathalie Dechy
2009Jelena JankovicDinara Safina
2010Kim ClijstersMaria Sharapova
2011Maria SharapovaJelena Jankovic
2012Li NaAngelique Kerber
2013Victoria AzarenkaSerena Williams
2014Serena WilliamsAna Ivanovic
2015Serena Williams (2)Simona Halep
2016Karolina PliskovaAngelique Kerber
2017Garbine MuguruzaSimona Halep

WTA Cincinnati live streaming

Here is how you can watch and bet on tennis live from Cincinnati.

1. Sign in

First, sign in or open an account with 365 (they have licensed online streams internationally for members)



Deposit £5 or more to access the live streams. 

2. Click 'live streaming' on the right hand side of the page to open the standalone player





Just select the match you want to watch and enjoy the live stream.

3. Alternatively, click on 'tennis' under 'live in-play' on the home page



This brings up a list of matches being streamed live and you can watch the stream embedded in the page, making it easier to keep track of all the latest odds and markets - in-play betting is a breeze when you watch tennis this way. 

You also have access to detailed in-play stats and more.



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