PRUDENTAL HONG KONG TENNIS OPEN, WTA HONG KONG

One of the final tournaments on the WTA calendar, the 2018 international-level Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open features some of the biggest names in women’s tennis as the field battles for the title, 280 ranking points and $750,000 in total prize money.

Top 10 stars Naomi Osaka and Elina Svitolina are the star attractions in Hong Kong this week, alongside the likes of Grand Slam champions Garbine Muguruza and Jelena Ostapenko.

WTA HONG KONG LIVE STREAMING

WTA Hong Kong tennis is live from October 8-14, with play starting around 3.00pm local time (8.00am BST). Online bookmaker bet365 offer customers the chance to watch live streams of the matches live from Hong Kong alongside in-play betting.

Watch and bet on Hong Kong 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 Hong Kong 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 Hong Kong tennis, live between October 8-14.

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 HONG KONG TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

WTA HONG KONG PLAYERS 2018

U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka and top seed Elina Svitolina lead the field at the 2018 Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open, live from Hong Kong between October 8-14.

Still trying to wrap up qualification into the season-ending WTA Finals Singapore, Svitolina will be aiming to snap a three-match losing streak when she lines up as the top seed in Hong Kong.

Five players have secured their spots in Singapore at the time of writing, with Svitolina next in line behind Sloane Stephens - but the American isn’t scheduled to play any more tournaments for the remainder of the year. Currently seventh in the Porsche Race to Singapore, Svitolina could have qualified much earlier, but she’s endured a tough Asian swing, losing in the opening rounds of Wuhan and Beijing to Aryna Sabalenka and Aleksandra Krunic respectively.

Meanwhile, Osaka will be hoping to continue her red-hot form that began with her surging to her maiden Grand Slam title at the U.S. Open and led into a very solid Asian swing, finishing runner-up in Tokyo and reaching the semi-finals of Beijing last week. However, Osaka looked tired towards the end of her run in Beijing and it will be interesting to see how she responds to fatigue having already qualified for Singapore.

Osaka isn’t the only Grand Slam champion in the field - former French Open champions Jelena Ostapenko and Garbine Muguruza will be looking to bring some late-season joy to what have been poor respective seasons by taking home the title in Hong Kong.

Muguruza has been putting in the effort, but she’s not reaping the rewards, losing early at all her Asian tournaments so far, while Ostapenko’s last outing resulted in a 0-6 0-6 demolition at the hands of Wang Qiang last week.

Speaking of, Wang is also set to compete in Hong Kong after advancing to back-to-back semi-finals in Wuhan and Beijing, with the Chinese star one of the form players in the world at the moment.

Throw in seeds such as Lesia Tsurenko, Alize Cornet and Daria Gavrilova, another Grand Slam champion in Sam Stosur and dangerous floaters like Ekaterina Makarova and Aleksandra Krunic, and we’re all set for a thrilling week in Hong Kong!

ABOUT WTA HONG KONG

The Hong Kong Open was launched in 2014 as the WTA tour returned to Hong Kong for the first since 1993. The hard-court International-level tournament is played at the iconic Victoria Park Tennis Stadium as part of the expanded Asian swing.

The International level event follows on from events in Beijing, Wuhan and Tokyo as prestigious stops in Asia for the best players in women’s tennis. It also takes place just one fortnight before the scheduled WTA Finals Singapore, which are contested between the best eight players of the season.

Previously established back in 1980, the Hong Kong Open only existed briefly, with the tournament shutting down after 1982. It did return for one year in 1993 but was taken off the calendar immediately. The Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open was re-invented and returned in 2014, where Sabine Lisicki emerged as the inaugural winner. Jelena Jankovic was the champion in 2015, toppling current World No. 1 Angelique Kerber 3-6 7-6(4) 6-1 in the final, while Caroline Wozniacki overcame Kristina Mladenovic 6-1 6-7(4) 6-2 in the 2016 final. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova overcame Daria Gavrilova in a memorable final last year, with the Russian prevailing 5-7 6-3 7-6(3) in a match that finished after midnight and lasted over three hours.

WTA HONG KONG TOURNAMENT INFORMATION

WTA Hong Kong 2018 Fast Facts

WTA Hong KongPrudential Hong Kong Tennis Open
Dates8-14 October, 2018
VenueVictoria Park Tennis Stadium
LocationHong Kong
First Played1980
Draw Size32
SurfaceHard
CategoryWTA International
Prize Money$250,000
Reigning Singles ChampionAnastasia Pavlyuchenkova
Reigning Doubles ChampionChan Hao-Ching/Chan Yung-Jan

WTA HONG KONG RANKING POINTS

Ranking points on offer at the Japan Women's Open

RoundPoints
Champion280
Finalist180
Semifinalist110
Quarterfinalist60
R1630
R11
Qualifying18
Q314
Q210
Q11

WTA HONG KONG CHAMPIONS

Previous WTA Hong Kong Champions

YearChampionRunner-up
1980Wendy TurnbullMarcie Louie
1981Wendy TurnbullSabina Simmonds
1982Catrin JexellAlycia Moulton
1983-1992Not playedNot played
1993Wang Shi-TangMarianne Witmeyer
1994-2013Not playedNot played
2014Sabine LisickiKarolina Pliskova
2015Jelena JankovicAngelique Kerber
2016Caroline WozniackiKristina Mladenovic
2017Anastasia PavlyuchenkovaDaria Gavrilova

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