The Japan Women's Open, formerly played in Osaka and Tokyo, relocates to Hiroshima in 2018 but remains the tournament that kicks off the WTA's autumn Asian swing.

WTA Hiroshima is live from 10-16 September 2018 and features a strong player field led by Zhang Shuai and Aliaksandra Sasnovich and including Japanese wildcards Miyu Kato and Nao Hibino.

Japan Women's Open live streaming

WTA Hiroshima tennis is live from 10-16 September with play starting around 11.30am local/3.30am 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 Hiroshima 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 Hiroshima tennis

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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 Hiroshima tennis, live from 10-16 September 2018

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WTA Hiroshima tournament schedule

Qualifying matches will be played at the Japan Women's Open from 8-9 September before main-draw play begins on Monday 10 September.

WTA Hiroshima Players 2018

The very first stop on the WTA Tour's autumn Asian swing, which includes Premier events in Beijing, Tokyo and Wuhan as well as the season-ending WTA Finals Singapore and International-level events in Guangzhou, Seoul, Tashkent, Tianjin and Hong Kong, the Japan Women's Open relocates to Hiroshima from Tokyo in 2018 but continues to attract a strong player field.

The field will be led by Zhang Shuai and Aliaksandra Sasnovich, two players separated by just one place in the rankings but both enjoying excellent 2018 seasons. Best known for her run to the quarterfinals of the Australian Open in 2018, Zhang is looking for her third WTA Tour singles title after winning Guangzhou twice and the 29-year-old right-hander from Tianjin will hope to build on a 2018 season that has already seen her reach WTA semifinals in Prague and quarterfinals in Budapest, Acapulco and Nanchang.

Sasnovich, the lnchpin of her native Belarus's stunning run to the Fed Cup final in 2017, started a stellar 2018 season in style by making the final of the Premier-level Brisbane International as a qualifier and the 24-year-old, a semifinalist in Moscow who also made the fourth round of Wimbledon defeating two-time champion Petra Kvitova on the way, is looking for her first WTA Tour singles title in Hiroshima.

Zhang and Sasnovich are joined by Asian Games gold medalist and Nanchang champion Wang Qiang, defending champion Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan and the player she beat in the 2017 Japan Women's Open final, Miyu Kato, who is joined in the field by another local favourite Nao Hibino.

Bogota champion Anna Schmiedlova and Nurnberg champion Johanna Larsson will be looking for their second WTA titles of the season, and Su-Wei Hsieh of Chinese Taipei, who made the last 16 at both the Australian Open and Wimbledon, is sure to light up the courts with her unconventional style when the 2018 Hana-Cupid Japan Women's Open begins on Monday 10 September.

About the Japan Women's Open

Held the week after the US Open, the Japan Women's Open is the first of a double bill of WTA Tour events held in Japan as the Asian swing kicks off in early September - and with Naomi Osaka recently becoming a Grand Slam semifinalist for the first time, women's tennis is more popular than ever in Japan. 

Top-10 players gather in Tokyo for the Pan-Pacific Open - but not before the Japan Women's Open takes place first, held in Osaka and then Tokyo before relocating to Hiroshima in 2018.

Even though two-time Grand Slam champion Li Na has now retired, her legacy is still felt in women’s tennis and nowhere more strongly than in the WTA Tour’s glittering, expanded run of tournaments held across Asia. Following the US Open and leading up to the season-ending WTA Tour Championships in late October, ten women’s tennis events – including the prestigious, major tournaments in Wuhan and Beijing – are played across Asia. And it all starts at the Japan Women’s Open Tennis in Hiroshima, the first WTA Tour event of the women’s tennis autumnal Asian swing as top players vie for qualification for the season-ending championships and to close out their seasons with a bang by capturing a title or two. 

First held in 2009, the Japan Women’s Open Tennis was held in Osaka for the first six years of its life before moving to Tokyo’s Ariake Tennis Forest Park in 2015 to form the first leg of a double  bill which also features the Premier-level Toray Pan Pacific Open the following week in Tokyo. In 2018, the tournament relocated again to Hiroshima where it will be played at the beautiful Hiroshima Regional Park, featuring the EDION Stadium Hiroshima.

An International tournament held on outdoor hard courts, the Japan Women’s Open Tennis has always been associated with one particular star: Samantha Stosur, runner-up at the French Open in 2010 and champion at the US Open in 2011. Stosur won the singles at the Japan Women’s Open Tennis in 2009, 2013 and 2014, and finished runner-up to Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli in 2011. French Open champion Francesca Schiavone has also captured the title during the tournament’s sojourn in Osaka, as well as beloved Thai star Tamarine Tanasugarn, with 2014 Wimbledon runner-up Eugenie Bouchard also finishing runner-up in 2013.

Carla Suarez Navarro and Zarina Diyas headlined the draw when the Japan Women’s Open Tennis returned to Tokyo in 2015, but it was Belgium’s Yanina Wickmayer, a former US Open semifinalist, who took the title, defeating Magda Linette in the final.

Wickmayer returned to defend her title in 2016 but was defeated in the first round by Switzerland's Viktorija Golubic and top seed Misaki Doi also fell early. Talented young Czech Katerina Siniakova, unseeded, and seventh-seeded American Christina McHale came through to the final, with McHale claiming her first WTA title after coming back from a set down. In 2017, it was Kazakhstan's Zarina Diyas, a former top-32 player rebuilding her career after injury, who took the title despite coming in unseeded, defeating second seed Zhang Shuai, defending champion McHale and local favourite Miyu Kato in the final.

Now known as the Hana-Cupid Japan Women's Open and relocated to Hiroshima, the International-level WTA event continues to attract strong fields as it kicks off the WTA's Asian swing in September.

WTA Hiroshima tournament information

Fast facts about the Japan Women's Open

WTA HiroshimaJapan Women's Open
Dates10-16 September 2018
LocationHiroshima, Japan
VenueHiroshima Regional Park
SurfaceOutdoor hard courts
Draw size32 singles/16 doubles
First played2009
Prize money$250,000
Most titlesSamantha Stosur (3)
Reigning singles championZarina Diyas
Reigning doubles championsYang Zhaoxuan/Shuko Aoyama

WTA Hiroshima Ranking Points

As an International-level WTA Tour event with a 32-player singles and 32-player qualifying draw, the Japan Women's Open offers the following ranking points.

Ranking points on offer at the Japan Women's Open


WTA Hiroshima Champions

Here is a list of all the former champions at the Japan Women's Open as well as the city in which the tournament was held at the time.

Players who are still active in singles are in bold.

Former winners of the Japan Women's Open

2009Samantha StosurFrancesca SchiavoneOsaka
2010Tamarine TanusugarnKimiko Date-KrummOsaka
2011Marion BartoliSamantha StosurOsaka
2012Heather WatsonChang Kai-ChenOsaka
2013Samantha Stosur (2)Eugenie BouchardOsaka
2014Samantha Stosur (3)Zarina DiyasOsaka
2015Yanina WickmayerMagda LinetteTokyo
2016Christina McHaleKaterina SiniakovaTokyo
2017Zarina DiyasMiyu KatoTokyo

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