A Premier-5 level event once more in 2019, the Dubai Duty-Free Tennis Championships welcomes 16 of the world's top 20 players, led by Naomi Osaka, Petra Kvitova and Simona Halep, when it begins on Sunday 17 February.

The WTA Tour's brief but glittering Middle Eastern swing comes to its climax in Dubai - who will claim the title at the first of the season's four Premier-5 events?

WTA Dubai Live Streaming

WTA Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships tennis is live from 17-23 February with play starting around 11am local/7am GMT. 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 Dubai 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 Dubai 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 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships tennis, live from 17-23 February 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. 

Dubai Championships Tournament Schedule

WTA Dubai Championships Players 2019

The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships always attracts a strong field of top players and with the United Arab Emirates-based event taking its turn in 2019 as the Premier-5 tournament and climactic leg of the WTA Tour's Middle Eastern double bill, this year is no exception.

An incredible field for the 2019 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships features no fewer than 16 of the world's top 20 players, including four former champions - Caroline Wozniacki, Petra Kvitova, Simona Halep and Elina Svitolina, who will be looking for an unprecedented third straight title in Dubai when the 2019 edition begins on Sunday 17 February.

Here are some of the biggest names in the star-studded field for the 2019 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.

Naomi Osaka - The US and Australian Open champion will be taking to the courts for the first time as the world no. 1 in Dubai, less than a month after conquering Kvitova in a thrilling three-set final in Melbourne saw her become the first player in almost 20 years to win her first two Grand Slam titles at back-to-back majors, and the first Asian player (or player of Haitian descent) to occupy the top spot in the rankings.

Petra Kvitova - Champion at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in 2013 when she beat Sara Errani in the final, Kvitova returns in 2019 at a career-best ranking of world no. 2 after reaching the final of the Australian Open. The two-time Wimbledon champion won Doha in 2018 - can she pick up a second WTA Dubai title six years after the first?

Simona Halep - Displaced from world no. 1 by Osaka after failing to defend her Australian Open runner-up points, French Open champion Halep can nevertheless feel proud of a Melbourne campaign which saw her battle through a nightmare draw after imperfect preparation before falling short against Serena Williams in the round of 16. Now teamed up with new coach Thierry van Cleemput, Halep will look to recapture the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships title she claimed in 2015.

Karolina Pliskova - Runner-up to Halep in Dubai in 2015, will the big-serving Czech go one better in 2019? Pliskova already has one title under her belt for 2019 after winning the Brisbane International, and also reached the semifinals of the Australian Open.

Angelique Kerber - Reigning Wimbledon champion Kerber, already a title winner in 2019 at the Apia International Sydney, has made the semifinals in Dubai for the past two years, losing both times to eventual champion Svitolina. Can she make it a hat-trick in 2019 - and go one better?

Elina Svitolina - No woman has ever won the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships three times in a row, but that's what Svitolina is looking to achieve in 2019, as well as tying Venus Williams's total of three Dubai titles, the second highest number any WTA player has won. After winning the biggest title of her career at the WTA Finals Singapore in October, will Svitolina shine again in Dubai when the tournament begins on Sunday 17 February?

Kiki Bertens - World no. 8 Bertens, a former French Open semifinalist once thought to be a clay-court specialist, continues to prove she's a threat on all surfaces in 2019, winning a Premier-level title on indoor hard courts in St Petersburg in February. Can Bertens pick up a second big title in the space of a month?

Aryna Sabalenka - 20-year-old Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka exploded on the scene in 2018 with her triumphs in New Haven and Wuhan and has already picked up a title for 2019 in Shenzhen.

Caroline Wozniacki - Champion at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in 2011, Wozniacki made it back to the final in 2017 when she finished runner-up to Svitolina.

Anastasija Sevastova - US Open semifinalist Sevastova will look to better her 2017 semifinal run in Dubai.

Ashleigh Barty - The soft-spoken Australian not only won two titles in 2018 but made the semifinals of two Premier-5 level events. Already a quarterfinalist at the Australian Open and runner-up in Sydney in 2019, could Barty capture her biggest career title yet in Dubai?

Daria Kasatkina - Russia's talented Kasatkina beat Johanna Konta and Garbine Muguruza on her way to the final of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in 2018, and went on to win the title in Moscow and reach the final of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells. She hasn't had a great start to the year but there's no better place for her to find some form.

Garbine Muguruza - The former Wimbledon and French Open champion had a strong Middle Eastern swing in 2018, finishing runner-up in Doha and making the semifinals in Dubai - could she go one better in 2019?

All of these players plus more of the world's top 20 and a strong field besides will be in the draw for the 2019 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, live from Dubai from 17-23 February.

Elina Svitolina is looking for a third straight WTA Dubai title in 2019

About the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships

The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships is half of the WTA Tour's short but significant sojourn in the Middle East in February, forming a double bill with the Qatar Total Open in Doha which reliably attracts a high proportion of the world's best players. The WTA Dubai event precedes a men’s 500 event held in the same location.

Global hub Dubai, the largest city in the United Arab Emirates, hosts the WTA Tour’s finest at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Centre, formerly known as the Aviation Club and featuring the 5,000-set Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, also a popular music venue.

First played in 2001, WTA Dubai is under the patronage of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai. The inaugural Premier event in 2001 was won by Martina Hingis, who inaugurated a tradition of the cream of women’s tennis lifting the trophy in Dubai, where the winner’s list reads like a who’s who of WTA Tour stars over the past 15 years.

Amelie Mauresmo (2002), Lindsay Davenport (2005) and Elena Dementieva (2008) were among the winners in the first seven years of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship’s existence, with Monica Seles (2003), Svetlana Kuznetsova (2004, 2008) and Maria Sharapova (2006) all featuring in the finals, but the acknowledged queen of the tournament was seven-time Grand Slam champion Justine Henin, who still holds the record for the most WTA Dubai titles, winning in 2003 (d. Seles), 2004 (d. Kuznetsova), 2006 (d. Sharapova) and 2007 (d. Mauresmo).

The tournament was upgraded to Premier 5 status in 2009 and Venus Williams won back-to-back titles, defeating Virginie Razzano and Victoria Azarenka, before her reign was ended in 2011 by Caroline Wozniacki who overcame Kuznetsova in her third final appearance.

Returned to Premier status in 2012, Agnieszka Radwanska and two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova took the next two titles before Williams returned to the winner’s circle in Dubai in sensational style, defeating Ana Ivanovic, Flavia Pennetta, Wozniacki and Alize Cornet to take the title. 

The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship currently shifts between Premier and Premier-5 level, alternating annually with the Qatar Open in Doha. Taking its turn as a Premier-5 in 2015, Dubai crowned a new champion as 2014 French Open runner-up Simona Halep captured the biggest title of her career so far. With defending champion Venus Williams falling in the third round, Halep overcame Ekaterina Makarova, Wozniacki and the big-serving Czech Karolina Pliskova to claim the crown. Sara Errani won the title in 2016, while Elina Svitolina took down Caroline Wozniacki in the 2017 final to claim her first Premier-5 title. 

Svitolina became the third woman in the history of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships to win back-to-back titles when she successfully defended her title in 2018, defeating Angelique Kerber in the semifinals for the second straight year and going on to beat rising Russian Daria Kasatkina in the final.

The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship returns to Premier-5 status in 2019 and the field will include 16 of the WTA's top 20, including new world no. 1 Naomi Osaka and defending champion Svitolina, when it begins on Sunday 17 February.

Simona Halep (2015) is one of the active players who have triumphed at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships

WTA Dubai Tournament Information

WTA Dubai Tournament Information

WTA DubaiDubai Duty Free Tennis Championships
Dates17-23 February 2019
VenueAviation Club Tennis Centre
LocationDubai, UAE
First Played2001
Draw Size32 Singles/16 Doubles
Prize Money$2,365,250
Reigning Singles' ChampionElina Svitolina
Reigning Doubles' ChampionChan Hao-ching/Yang Zhaoxuan
Most titlesJustine Henin, 4 (2003-4, 2006-7)

WTA Dubai Ranking Points

Here are the ranking points awarded by the WTA Tour for reaching various rounds at a Premier-5 level tournament, which is the category into which the 2019 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship falls.

WTA Premier-5 ranking points


WTA Dubai Champions

Here is a complete list of all the players who have won the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.

Players still active in singles are given in bold.

WTA Dubai Past Champions

2001Martina HingisNathalie Tauziat
2002Amelie MauresmoSandrine Testud
2003Justin HeninMonica Seles
2004Justin Henin (2)Svetlana Kuznetsova
2005Lindsay DavenportJelena Jankovic
2006Justin Henin (3)Maria Sharapova
2007Justin Henin (4)Amelie Mauresmo
2008Elena DementievaSvetlana Kuznetsova
2009Venus WilliamsVirginie Razzano
2010Venus Williams (2)Victoria Azarenka
2011Caroline WozniackiSvetlana Kuznetsova
2012Agnieszka RadwanskaJulia Goerges
2013Petra KvitovaSara Errani
2014Venus Williams (3)Alize Cornet
2015Simona HalepKarolina Pliskova
2016Sara ErraniBarbora Strycova
2017Elina SvitolinaCaroline Wozniaki
2018Elina Svitolina (2)Daria Kasatkina

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