Offering players one last chance to fine-tune their games ahead of the Australian Open, the Hobart International will once again play host to some of the WTA’s leading stars, live from Hobart between January 7-12, 2019.

Mihaela Buzarnescu, one of the tour’s most improved players over the last two years, leads the field alongside the likes of Zhang Shuai, Maria Sakkari, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Belinda Bencic and Alize Cornet.

WTA Hobart Live Streaming

WTA Hobart tennis is live from January 7-12, 2019, with play starting around 12.00pm 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 Hobart 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 Hobart 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 Hobart tennis, live from January 7-12, 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 Hobart Tournament Schedule

WTA Hobart Players 2019

With the Premier-level Sydney International - which is played the same week - attracting seven of the world’s top 10 players and a rankings cut-off of No. 28, it was always going to be tough for the Hobart International to compete and lure in the big names, but there’s still a lot of star-power and talent on show as players finalise their preparations for the Australian Open.

Mihaela Buzarnescu headlines the field as the top seed after a brilliant last two seasons that has seen her rise from outside the world’s top 500 and into the top 30. The Romanian could have climbed even higher if it wasn’t for an unlucky ankle injury sustained in August that basically interrupted the remainder of her season. A runner-up in Hobart last year to Elise Mertens, expect Buzarnescu to be one of the leading contenders for the title.

One player that has triumphed in Hobart will return for a second tilt at the silverware, and that’s feisty Frenchwoman Alize Cornet. A veteran of the tour at just 28 years of age, Cornet has ample experience and remains one of the most intense competitors out there - can she repeat her win from 2016 when she conquered Eugenie Bouchard in the final?

Rising Greek star Maria Sakkari has been making nice progress up the rankings over the last couple of years and will be determined to kick off her new season with a first WTA title, while the likes of former top 10 and 15 players Belinda Bencic and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova will be aiming for a bright start to 2019 as they try and put forgettable 2018 campaigns behind them.

Chinese star Zhang Shuai is no stranger to success in Australia after reaching the quarter-finals of the Australian Open as a qualifier a few years ago - could she make a run all the way to the title in Hobart?

And then there’s the rising stars such as Sofia Kenin and Dayana Yastremska, who are both looking to take their games to the next level in 2019.

WTA Hobart Seeds

Check back here later when the WTA Hobart seeds are announced.

About WTA Hobart

One of the final stops on tour before the opening grand slam of the year when the Australian Open begins the following week at Melbourne Park, the Hobart International gives players one last opportunity to fine-tune their games before battling it out for a major prize.

Founded back in 1994, the Hobart International is a WTA International tournament that is held at the Hobart International Tennis Centre. Played on outdoor hardcourts, the Hobart International has seen some superstars of tennis grace the main city of Tasmania, with grand slam champions Garbine Muguruza and Petra Kvitova just some of the names who have captured the Hobart silverware over the last decade. Former World No. 1s including Serena Williams, Justine Henin, Victoria Azarenka and Kim Clijsters have also participated in the event over the years.

Elise Mertens became the first player in the history of the event to defend their title when she beat Mihaela Buzarnescu in 2018. Other notable champions of the Hobart International include Patty Schnyder, Alicia Molik, Petra Kvitova and Garbine Muguruza.

WTA Hobart Tournament Information

WTA Hobart International Tournament Information

WTA HobartHobart International
Dates7-12, January
VenueHobart International Tennis Centre
LocationHobart, Australia
First Played1994
Prize Money$226,750
CategoryWTA International
Draw Size32 Singles/ 16 Doubles
Reigning Singles' championElise Mertens
Reigning Doubles' championsElize Mertens/Demi Schuurs

Former WTA Hobart Champions

WTA Hobart Past Champions

1994Mana EndoRachel McQuillan
1995Leila MeskhiLi Fang
1996Julie Halard-DecugisMana Endo
1997Dominique van RoostMarianne Werdel Witmayer
1998Patty SchnyderDominique van Roost
1999Chanda RubinRita Grande
2000Kim ClijstersChanda Rubin
2001Rita GrandeJennifer Hopkins
2002Martina SuchaAnabel Medina Garrigues
2003Alicia MolikAmy Frazier
2004Amy FrazierShinobu Asagoe
2005Zheng JieGisela Dulko
2006Michaella KrajicekIveta Benesova
2007Anna ChakvetadzeVasilisa Bardina
2008Eleni DaniilidouVera Zvonareva
2009Petra KvitovaIveta Benesova
2010Alona BondarenkoShahar Peer
2011Jarmila GrothBethanie Mattek-Sands
2012Mona BarthelYanina Wickmayer
2013Elena VesninaMona Barthel
2014Garbine MuguruzaKlara Zakopalova
2015Heather WatsonMadison Brengle
2016Alize CornetEugenie Bouchard
2017Elise MertensMonica Niculescu
2018Elise MertensMihaela Buzarnescu

WTA Hobart Ranking Points

Ranking points on offer at the Japan Women's Open


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