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 2019 edition is live from the Lindner Family Tennis Centre from 12-18 August.

Cincinnati Open live streaming

WTA Cincinnati tennis is live from 12-18 August with play starting around 11am local/4pm BST. Bookmaker bet365 are offering customers the opportunity to watch a live stream of the matches 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 12-18 August 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 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 12 August and the women's final taking place on Sunday 18 August.


Who is playing WTA Cincinnati in 2019?

The 2019 Western & Southern Open features a star-studded player field as usual, with two-time winner Serena Williams, World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty, Wimbledon winner (and three-time Cincinnati runner-up) Simona Halep and defending champion Kiki Bertens at the head of the draw. 

After finishing as a losing finalist three times, is this the moment for Halep to break through and add the Cincinnati crown to her growing trophy cabinet? The Romanian is back operating at the peak of her powers after a sublime and near-flawless display to take down Serena in the Wimbledon final, and with barely any points to defend after Cincinnati, this could be the tournament where Halep begins her clim back to the top spot.

Barty will have something to say about that though. The Australian has put together a phenomenal season, headlined by winning her maiden Grand Slam at Roland Garros and first Premier Mandatory title in Miami, resulted that contributed to her hitting the No. 1 ranking after winning Birmingham just prior to Wimbledon. Will Barty be able to continue her stellar season and contend for the Cincinnati title?

Still on her quest for that 24th major crown, this will be the last chance for Serena to get some match-play in before heading to the U.S. Open - which of course was the scene of her infamous blow-up in the final against Naomi Osaka last year. Serena has proven she’s still right at the very top of the game when fit and she certainly can’t be discounted in Cincinnati - even if she does save herself for the slams these days.

Meanwhile, it was around this time last year where Bertens began her transition to an all-court specialist after previously being a clay master, with the Dutchwoman producing a scintillating display to beat Halep in last year’s final. The Dutchwoman has been ranked in the top 10 ever since and will take some stopping once again in Cincinnati.

Other former champions such as Karolina Pliskova, Victoria Azarenka, Maria Sharapova and Garbine Muguruza will be hoping to return to some of their best tennis in Cincinnati, as will two-time runner-up Angelique Kerber, who has dropped out of the top 10 since her early Wimbledon exit.

And what about Naomi Osaka? The reigning U.S. Open and Australian Open champion has been struggling big-time after winning her second major title at the start of the year in Melbourne - and with her U.S. Open title defence just around the corner, the Japanese desperately needs some confidence before touching down in New York.

With the likes of Petra Kvitova, Elina Svitolina, Sloane Stephens, Belinda Bencic, Aryna Sabalenka and Johanna Konta also in the mix, it promises to be another unmissable edition of the Western & Southern Open, live from Cincinnati between August 12-18.

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, while Kiki Bertens was the first Dutch champion in 2018, defeating Simona Halep in the final.

WTA Cincinnati tournament information

ATP Western and Southern Open Tournament Information

ATP CincinnatiWTA Cincinnati
Dates11-18 August11-18 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' ChampionsNovak DjokovicKiki Bertens
Reigning Doubles' ChampionsJamie Murray/Bruno SoaresLucie Hradecka/Ekaterina Makarova

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
2018Kiki BertensSimona Halep

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