WTA Shenzhen

Always a popular destination for players to launch their respective seasons, the buzzing south-eastern Chinese city of Shenzhen is gearing up for its seventh edition of the WTA International tournament in 2019, live between December 30 to January 5.

Set to host the season-ending WTA Finals for the first time from 2019, Shenzhen will first stage one of the opening events of the new tennis season, with the likes of rising star Aryna Sabalenka, former top 10 player Caroline Garcia and five-time major champion Maria Sharapova on show throughout the week!

WTA Shenzhen Live Streaming

WTA Shenzhen tennis is live from December 30 to January 5, 2019, with play starting around 11.00am local/3.00am 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 Shenzhen 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 Shenzhen 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 Shenzhen tennis, live from December 30 to January 5, 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 Shenzhen Tournament Schedule

WTA Shenzhen 2019 schedule

Date - TimeEvent Name Location
30 Dec 2018 03:00R1Shenzhen Longgang Tennis Center
31 Dec 2018 03:00R1Shenzhen Longgang Tennis Center
01 Jan 2019 03:00R2Shenzhen Longgang Tennis Center
02 Jan 2019 03:00R2Shenzhen Longgang Tennis Center
03 Jan 2019 03:00QFsShenzhen Longgang Tennis Center
04 Jan 2019 05:00SFsShenzhen Longgang Tennis Center
05 Jan 2019 05:00FinalShenzhen Longgang Tennis Center

WTA Shenzhen Players 2019

One of the brightest rising stars of women’s tennis? Check. A former Grand Slam champion? Check. A five-time major winner and former World No. 1? Check. A homegrown star on the come-up? Check - it’s set to be another thrilling spectacle as the 2019 Shenzhen Open gets underway with a bang on New Year’s Eve!

Leading the charge is World No. 14 Aryna Sabalenka, who will be looking to capture her third WTA title after a sensational breakout season in 2018 that saw her climb from outside the world’s top 90 and onto the brink of the top 10.

At just 20 years of age and already with one of the most explosive games on tour, Sabalenka took her game to the next level in the second half of 2018 as she won titles in New Haven and Wuhan and made the fourth round of the U.S. Open, where she was the only player to take a set off eventual champion Naomi Osaka. On course to climb even higher in 2019, can Sabalenka start her new season with more silverware and make a statement of intent ahead of the Australian Open?

Outside of Sabalenka, who is set to be the top seed, the star attraction of the 2019 Shenzhen Open will be Maria Sharapova. It’s been a challenging return to tennis from a doping ban for Sharapova, who hasn’t really come close to replicating her form pre-ban, but the Russian remains a formidable presence on tour and will be determined to get back to winning ways at the start of the season - is 2019 the year where the former World No. 1 reminds everyone of just how good she can be?

Another former Grand Slam champion who is trying to recapture her best tennis is also in action in Shenzhen, with 2017 French Open winner Jelena Ostapenko another one of the headline acts. The Latvian stunned the tennis world when she went on a blistering run to her maiden major title at just 20 years of age, ultimately cracking the top 10 and qualifying for the WTA Finals as a result, but Ostapenko struggled with her consistency in 2018 and subsequently tumbled out of the top 20 - can she get back to her best tennis in 2019?

Meanwhile, Chinese star Qiang Wang is heading in the opposite direction, sky-rocketing up the rankings towards the tail-end of 2018 to break into the top 20 for the first time. Wang’s form in her home country was nothing short of spectacular, with the Chinese No. 1 winning the title in Guangzhou, finishing runner-up in Zhuhai and Hong Kong and reaching back-to-back semi-finals in Beijing and Wuhan. She will definitely be one to watch in Shenzhen.

Plenty of other WTA stars are also in action in Shenzhen to launch 2019, including former top five player Caroline Garcia, former top 10 star Timea Bacsinszky and two-time runner-up Alison Riske.

WTA Shenzhen Seeds

Check back here when the WTA Shenzhen seeds are announced for 2019.

About WTA Shenzhen

The Shenzhen Open is one of the flurry of events that swings the curtains open on a new season, and these have a reputation of being consistently successful. Packed with top players eager to get out early for their fresh campaigns, there is always top quality tennis on display, and a taste for what is to come in the ensuing year.

An International-level event, the Shenzhen Open is a combined tournament, with the men’s event taking place during the ATP’s Asian Swing in October. The WTA tournament was established in 2013 but already holds a rich honour roll, with Li Na winning twice, along with Simona Halep in 2015 and 2018 and Agnieszka Radwanska in 2016. Rising Czech player Katerina Siniakova won the 2017 silverware in sensational style, beating Halep and Johanna Konta in the second round and semi-finals respectively before condemning Alison Riske to a second straight defeat in the Shenzhen final. Apart from Siniakova, all of the players that have won the Shenzhen title have been ranked No. 1 or No. 2 in the world.

Played on the outdoor hardcourts of the Shenzhen Longgang Tennis Centre, the Shenzhen Open has yet again attracted a star-studded field as players look to fine-tune their games ahead of the Australian Open, which begins in Melbourne just a fortnight later.

WTA Shenzhen Tournament Information

WTA Shenzhen fast facts

WTA ShenzhenShenzhen Open
DatesDecember 31 to January 5
VenueShenzhen Longgang Tennis Center
LocationShenzhen, China
First Played2013
Draw Size32
SurfaceHard
CategoryWTA International
Prize Money$626,750
Reigning Singles ChampionSimona Halep
Reigning Doubles ChampionSimona Halep/Irina-Camelia Begu

Former WTA Shenzhen Champions

Previous WTA Shenzhen winners

YearChampionRunner-up
2013Li NaKlara Zakopalova
2014Li NaPeng Shuai
2015Simona HalepTimea Bacsinszky
2016Agnieszka RadwanskaAlison Riske
2017Katerina SiniakovaAlison Riske
2018Simona HalepKaterina Siniakova

WTA Shenzhen Ranking Points

Ranking points on offer at the Japan Women's Open

RoundPoints
Champion280
Finalist180
Semifinalist110
Quarterfinalist60
R1630
R11
Qualifying18
Q314
Q210
Q11

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