Seven of the world’s top 10 players and six current Grand Slam champions make up another stellar field at the WTA Sydney International, live from Olympic Park in Homebush between January 6-12, 2019.

World No. 1 Simona Halep leads an all-star cast of women’s tennis at the 2019 Sydney International, with the likes of defending champion Angelique Kerber, Naomi Osaka, Sloane Stephens and Karolina Pliskova also set to challenge for the Premier-level silverware.

WTA Sydney Live Streaming

WTA Sydney tennis is live from January 6-12, 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 Sydney 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)

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3. Select Live Streaming

4. Select 'Tennis’ from the ‘All Sports’ dropdown menu

5. Enjoy a live stream & in-play betting for WTA Sydney tennis, live from January 6-12, 2019.

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WTA Sydney Tournament Schedule

WTA Sydney Players 2019

You won’t see a field in a week before a slam much better than this for the entire season as seven of the world’s top 10 players flock to Sydney for the WTA Premier event just before the Australian Open.

Incredibly, the cut-off for the draw is a ranking of No. 28, which to put in perspective, is a ranking that will see a player seeded at the Australian Open. As a result, we could be in for some blockbuster first rounds, with the likes of Garbine Muguruza, Aryna Sabalenka, Jelena Ostapenko and Dominika Cibulkova set to be unseeded.

Leading the charge will be World No. 1 Simona Halep, who at the time of writing, hasn’t committed to a tournament during the opening week of the season, and if she remains on the sidelines, Sydney will be her first event since a back injury forced her onto the sidelines at the end of 2018. The Romanian is defending a truckload of points in January after reaching the Australian Open final and winning the Shenzhen title - can Halep secure her first wins since August last year in Sydney?

Defending champion Angelique Kerber will be hoping to become the first player to go back-to-back in Sydney since Elena Dementieva in 2009-10 as the German returns following a superb 2018 that yielded a third major title at Wimbledon and a year-end ranking of No. 2. Kerber’s resurgence began in Sydney last season - can she repeat that sort of form 12 months on?

Sloane Stephens and Naomi Osaka - two unpredictable players who won their maiden major titles at the U.S. Open in the last two years - will also be looking to kick-start their respective seasons with silverware, along with fellow top 10 members Karolina Pliskova, Kiki Bertens and Daria Kasatkina.

On the brink of the top 10, Elise Mertens - an Australian Open semi-finalist last year - and Anastasija Sevastova are trying to back up sensational 2018 campaigns, while homegrown star and last year’s Sydney runner-up Ashleigh Barty will be aiming to start the season in the same fashion she ended 2018 - and that’s by winning a title after the Australian took home the WTA Elite Trophy in Zhuhai to finish the year at No. 15.

If that’s not enough to quench your WTA thirst, the likes of Anett Kontaveit, Carla Suarez Navarro, Timea Bacsinszky, Camila Giorgi, Lesia Tsurenko and Su-Wei Hsieh round out a phenomenal field as the Sydney International begins on January 6.

WTA Sydney Seeds

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

About WTA Sydney

Held the week before the Australian Open, the Sydney International attracts a top-quality field of players looking to tune up their games and get some wins under their belt ahead of the first Grand Slam of the year.

Played at the Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre since 2000, the combined ATP-WTA Sydney International was originally known as the New South Wales Open and has a rich heritage dating back to 1885 when it was used by colonial officials to select the Davis Cup team. Australian player W. J. B. Salmon won the first men’s title at the New South Wales Open in 1885 and Miss A. Lamb took the inaugural women’s title.

The tournament was originally held at the Sydney Cricket Ground before being hosted for 76 years at a White City location and moved to its current location in 2000, when Sydney hosted the Olympics.

Chris Evert was the first winner of the event in its modern incarnation in 1981 before rival Martina Navratilova won the first of her three titles in 1982, defeating Evonne Goolagong Crawley in the final. The likes of Jana Novotna (1991), Gabriela Sabatini (1992, 1995), Jennifer Capriati (1993), Monica Seles (1996), Lindsay Davenport (1999) and Martina Hingis joined Evert and Navratilova on the list of Apia International Sydney champions, with the last-named equaling Navratilova’s record of three titles in Sydney with her victories in 1997, 2001 and 2002. 

In more recent years, Kim Clijsters took the title twice while compatriot Justine Henin joined Navratilova and Hingis as the third woman to win three titles at the Apia International Sydney, triumphing in 2004, 2006 and 2008.

Top-10 stalwart Elena Dementieva won back-to-back titles in 2009-10, defeating Dinara Safina and Serena Williams respectively, before Li Na – who would go on to win the Australian Open In 2014 – took the crown in 2011. Victoria Azarenka and Agnieszka Radwanska followed suit before qualifier Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria, long held to be one of the most talented and erratic players on the WTA Tour, made a remarkable run to her maiden title in Sydney in 2014, defeating four top-10 players on her way to lifting the trophy.

Petra Kvitova defeated Karolina Pliskova in an all-Czech 2015 title match before  Svetlana Kuznetsova then toppled Monica Puig for the loss of just two games in the 2016 final. Sydney-born Johanna Konta then swept the field in 2017, surging to the title without dropping a set as she conquered Radwanska in the final.

Angelique Kerber became the first ever German woman to win the Sydney International in 2018 as she defeated home hope Ashleigh Barty 6-4 6-4 before going on to reach the Australian Open semi-finals and capture the Wimbledon crown later that season.

WTA Sydney Tournament Information

WTA Sydney fast facts

WTA SydneyApia International
DatesJanuary 6-12, 2019
VenueSydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre
LocationSydney, Australia
First Played1885
Draw Size32
CategoryWTA Premier
Prize Money$710,900
Reigning Singles ChampionAngelique Kerber
Reigning Doubles ChampionGabriela Dabrowski/Xu Yifan

Former WTA Sydney Champions

Previous WTA Sydney winners (Open Era)

1969Margaret CourtRosemary Casals
1970Billie-Jean KingMargaret Court
1971Margaret CourtOlga Morozova
1972Evonne GoolagongVirginia Wade
1973Margaret CourtEvonne Goolagong
1974Karen Krantzche (Jan), Evonne Goolagong (Dec)Evonne Goolagong (Jan), Margaret Court (Dec)
1975Evonne GoolagongSue Barker
1976Kerry ReidDianne Fromholtz
1977Evonne GoolagongSue Barker
1978Dianne FromholtzWendy Turnbull
1979Hana MandlikovaBettina Bunge
1980Wendy TurnbullPam Shriver
1981Chris EvertMartina Navratilova
1982Martina NavratilovaEvonne Goolagong
1983Jo DurieKathy Jordan
1984Martina NavratliovaAnn Henricksson
1985Martina NavratilovaHana Mandlikova
1986Not heldNot held
1987Zina GarrisonPam Shriver
1988Pam ShriverHelena Sukova
1989Martina NavratilovaCatarina Lindquist
1990Natasha ZverevaBarbara Paulus
1991Jana NovotnaArantxa Sanchez Vicario
1992Gabriela SabatiniArantxa Sanchez Vicario
1993Jennifer CapriatiAnke Huber
1994Kimiko DateMary Joe Fernandez
1995Gabriela SabatiniLindsay Davenport
1996Monica SelesLindsay Davenport
1997Martina HingisJennifer Capriati
1998Arantxa Sanchez VicarioVenus Williams
1999Lindsay DavenportMartina Hingis
2000Amelie MauresmoLindsay Davenport
2001Martina HingisLindsay Davenport
2002Martina HingisMeghann Shaughnessy
2003Kim ClijstersLindsay Davenport
2004Justine HeninAmelie Mauresmo
2005Alicia MolikSam Stosur
2006Justine HeninFrancesca Schiavone
2007Kim ClijstersJelena Jankovic
2008Justine HeninSvetlana Kuznetsova
2009Elena DementievaDinara Safina
2010Elena DementievaSerena Williams
2011Li NaKim Clijsters
2012Victoria AzarenkaLi Na
2013Agnieszka RadwanskaDominika Cibulkova
2014Tsvetana PironkovaAngelique Kerber
2015Petra KvitovaKarolina Pliskova
2016Svetlana KuznetsovaMonica Puig
2017Johanna KontaAgnieszka Radwanska
2018Angelique KerberAshleigh Barty

WTA Sydney Ranking Points

WTA Premier ranking points

RoundPoints (56-player draw)Points (28-player draw)
Round of 165555
Round of 32301
Round of 641-

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