One of the International-level events held in the People's Republic of China during the WTA Tour's autumn Asian swing, the Guangzhou Open is a popular destination for players seeking to tune up their games ahead of the major tournaments in Wuhan and Beijing. 

Former top-10 player Andrea Petkovic, local favourite and Nanchang champion Wang Qiang and the feisty Yulia Putintseva are among the WTA stars in action at the 2018 Guangzhou Open, live from 16-22 September 2018.

WTA Guangzhou Live Streaming

Guangzhou Open tennis is live from 16-22 September with play starting around 6pm local/11am BST. 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 Guangzhou 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 Guangzhou 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 Guangzhou tennis, live from 16-22 September 2018

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 Guangzhou tournament schedule

WTA Guangzhou Players 2018

Alize Cornet, Zhu Lin, Vera Zvonareva and Sabine Lisicki are among the players scheduled to appear at the Guangzhou Open in 2018. 

With defending champion Zhang Shuai's bid for a third WTA Guangzhou title ended before it began when she was forced to withdraw due to a shoulder injury and top seed Cornet ousted in the first round, some other challengers arose to fill the void at the International-level event. 

Popular veteran Andrea Petkovic, a former top-10 player, French Open semifinalist and winner of six WTA Tour titles, defeated Lizette Cabrera and Wang Yafan to keep her hopes of her first title since Antwerp in 2015 alive. 

The German is joined in the latter stages of the Guangzhou Open by fourth seed Aleksandra Krunic, the pint-sized Serbian who made the semifinals of Rabat on clay and won 's-Hertogenbosch on grass already in 2018, and Putintseva of Kazakhstan, a former top-30 player who made her second Grand Slam quarterfinal at the French Open in May. 

Chinese hopes are represented by Wang Qiang, who successfully defended her Asian Games title earlier this year and is up to a career-high rank of world no. 41 after winning the WTA International title in Nanchang over the summer and reaching the semifinals of the Japan Women's Open in Hiroshima, and the third seed is guaranteed to be popular with the crowds at the Guangzhou Open.

About the Guangzhou Open

First played in 2004, the Guangzhou Open may be 'just' an International event but it occupies a significant place both in the history of women's tennis in Asia and in the WTA Tour's cluster of autumn tournaments. 

The popularity of tennis, particularly women's tennis, in China has exploded in recent years, with no fewer than eight WTA Tour events and two WTA Tour 125k tournaments played in various cities around the People's Republic of China throughout the season, and the city of Shenzhen due to host the elite season-ending WTA Finals for the next ten years, starting in 2019.

That has everything to do with Li Na, who became the first Chinese Grand Slam champion when she secured the French Open title in 2011 and went on to win the Australian Open in 2014 too - and Li's champion story began at the Guangzhou Open itself. At the inaugural event in 2004, Li qualified for the main draw before defeating Vera Dushevina, Jelena Jankovic, Kristina Brandi, Li Ting and Martina Sucha to become the first Chinese woman to have won a WTA Tour singles title in history. Six Chinese players had reached WTA Tour finals in the past, but none had won before Li made her breakthrough in Guangzhou.

Another Chinese champion, Yan Zi, would follow the next year as the Guangzhou Open continued to go from strength to strength. Vera Zvonareva, a two-time Grand Slam finalist who would rise as high as world no. 2, won the title in 2008 and Su-Wei Hsieh of Chinese Taipei took her title in Guangzhou in 2012. The following year, Zhang Shuai ended the Guangzhou Open's wait for a third Chinese champion - Peng Shuai having finished runner-up to Zvonareva in 2008 - when she beat Vania King in the 2013 final, and Zhang would become the first woman to win multiple Guangzhou Open titles when she repeated in 2017 with a win over Aleksandra Krunic. Former world no. 1 Jelena Jankovic was among the women who took the WTA Guangzhou title in the interim.

The majority of the WTA Tour events played in China take place after the US Open and the Guangzhou Open continues to be a popular event for top players looking to start their autumn Asian swing with a bang as well as tuning up their games for the major events in Wuhan and Beijing which follow. 

Played on outdoor hard courts, the Guangzhou Open relocated from the Guangzhou Tianhe Sports Center to the Guangdong Olympic Tennis Centre in 2014 and continues to attract strong fields.

WTA Guangzhou tournament information

Fast facts about the Guangzhou Open

WTA GuangzhouGuangzhou Open
Dates16-22 September 2018
LocationGuangzhou, China
VenueGuangdong Olympic Tennis Centre
CategoryInternational
Draw size32 singles/16 doubles
Prize money$226,750 (US)
First played2004
Most titlesZhang Shuai (2013, 2017)
Reigning singles championZhang Shuai
Reigning doubles championsElise Mertens/Demi Schuurs

WTA Guangzhou ranking points

These are the ranking points awarded by the WTA Tour for reaching various rounds at an International-level event with a 32-player draw.

Ranking points on offer at the Japan Women's Open

RoundPoints
Champion280
Finalist180
Semifinalist110
Quarterfinalist60
R1630
R11
Qualifying18
Q314
Q210
Q11

WTA Guangzhou champions

A list of former winners of the Guangzhou Open - players still active in singles are given in bold.

Former winners of the Guangzhou Open

YearChampionRunner-up
2004Li NaMartina Sucha
2005Yan ZiNuria Llagostera Vives
2006Anna ChakvetadzeAnabel Medina Garrigues
2007Virginie RazzanoTzipora Obziler
2008Vera ZvonarevaPeng Shuai
2009Shahar PeerAlberta Brianti
2010Jarmila GrothAlla Kudryavtseva
2011Chanelle ScheepersMagdalena Rybarikova
2012Hsieh Su-WeiLaura Robson
2013Zhang ShuaiVania King
2014Monica NiculescuAlize Cornet
2015Jelena JankovicDenisa Allertova
2016Lesia TsurenkoJelena Jankovic
2017Zhang Shuai (2)Aleksandra Krunic

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