Carla Suarez Navarro, Camila Giorgi, Mihaela Buzarnescu, Dayana Yastremska and defending champion Pauline Parmentier headline the 2019 TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Cup, live from Istanbul, Turkey between April 22-28.

With the bulk of top players competing at the Premier-level event in Stuttgart this week, there’s an excellent opportunity up for grabs to secure a WTA title - who steps up in Istanbul and goes home with the prize?

WTA Istanbul live streaming

WTA Istanbul is live from 22-28 April with play starting around 11.00am local/9.00am BST. Bookmaker bet365 are offering customers the opportunity to watch a live stream of the matches alongside in-play betting.

Watch and bet on WTA Istanbul 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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4. Select 'Tennis’ from the ‘All Sports’ dropdown menu

5. Enjoy a live stream & in-play betting for WTA Istanbul tennis, live from 22-28 April 2019

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WTA Istanbul tournament schedule

WTA Istanbul 2019 schedule

Date - TimeEvent Name Location
22 Apr 2019 09:00R1Koza World of Sports
23 Apr 2019 09:00R1Koza World of Sports
24 Apr 2019 10:30R2Koza World of Sports
25 Apr 2019 10:30R2Koza World of Sports
26 Apr 2019 10:00QFsKoza World of Sports
27 Apr 2019 12:30SFsKoza World of Sports
28 Apr 2019 15:00FinalKoza World of Sports

WTA Istanbul players 2019

Former top 10 star Carla Suarez Navarro leads the field at the TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Cup in Turkey, while Pauline Parmentier will be looking to defend her title.

Eight of the world’s top 10 and the majority of the top 30 are competing at the star-studded Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart this week, but Istanbul has still managed to attract a solid field littered with quality players.

Among those challenging Suarez Navarro will be hard-hitting Italian powerhouse Camila Giorgi and former top 20 player Mihaela Buzarnescu, who is continuing to work her way back from an ankle injury, while rising star Dayana Yastremska will be eyeing off a third WTA title in the space of six months.

Petra Martic is always a threat and would fancy her chances of winning a maiden WTA title on the clay of Istanbul, as would Greek star Maria Sakkari.

More youngsters in Marketa Vondrousova and Anastasia Potapova will be very much in the mix, along with former top 10 player Kristina Mladenovic and the in-form Tatjana Maria and Ajla Tomljanovic, while Czech stars Katerina Siniakova and Barbora Strycova are also players to keep an eye on.

About WTA Istanbul

WTA Istanbul continues its return to its roots as a clay-court event in 2019, to be played 23-29 April at the Koza World of Sport complex. The International-level TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Cup offers $226,750 in prize money and 250 ranking points to the winner.

The TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Cup was first staged in 2005 as a clay-court event held in May before the French Open, with Venus Williams defeating Anna Chakvetadze, Tsvetana Pironkova and finally Nicole Vaidisova to win the tournament. Williams, a seven-time Grand Slam champion, was succeeded as Istanbul champion by Shahar Peer in 2006 (d. Anastasia Myskina), Elena Dementieva in 2007 (d. Aravane Rezai) and in its last year as a clay-court event, by Agnieszka Radwanska in 2008, who won the third title of her career when she defeated Dementieva in the final. Radwanska would go on to win 18 career titles including the WTA Finals Singapore in 2015 and be ranked as high as world no. 2. 

In 2009, WTA Istanbul became a hard-court event held after Wimbledon, offering top players a chance to tune up their games for the American hard-court season in the historic surroundings of the Turkish capital. Vera Dushevina was the first to win the new hard-court July iteration of the TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Cup, followed by fellow Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in 2010. 

Former champions Venus Williams and Pavlyuchenkova headlined the 2015 TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Cup alongside Elina Svitolina and former world no. 1 Jelena Jankovic, but WTA Istanbul 2015 ultimately featured a final clash of two unseeded players as Lesia Tsurenko defeated Urszula Radwanska 7-5, 6-1 to claim the first title of her career.

WTA Istanbul was moved from it’s customary post-Wimbledon date in 2016 to accommodate the Olympic year, moving to a slot alongside the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart in the first official week of the WTA Tour’s European clay court season. Changing surfaces back to its original clay, WTA Istanbul is now held just two weeks before the first of the major clay-court events in Madrid, followed by Rome and the French Open, so the revamped Istanbul Cup now offers players a chance to find their clay-court feet and tune up their games on the red dirt ahead of the key battlegrounds of the tennis spring.

And it was the unseeded Cagla Buyukakcay who capped a fairytale and historic week when the homegrown favourite came from a set down to win her first WTA title with a 3-6 6-2 6-3 win over Danka Kovinic in the final. Buyukakcay, who cracked the top 100 for the first time with the win, made history for Turkey with each passing day in Istanbul, becoming the first Turkish woman to reach a WTA semi-final, final and eventually win a WTA title.

Elina Svitolina came out on top in the 2017 edition of the tournament, with the Ukrainian surging to a straight sets win over Elise Mertens in the final, picking up one of the five titles she won during a spectacular 2017 season. Pauline Parmentier is the defending champion after she beat Polona Hercog in last year’s final.

WTA Istanbul tournament information

WTA Istanbul fast facts

WTA IstanbulTED BNP Paribas Istanbul Cup
Dates22-28 April, 2019
LocationIstanbul, Turkey
VenueKoza World of Sport complex
SurfaceClay
CategoryWTA International
First played2005
Draw size32
Prize money$250,000
Most titlesVenus Williams, Shahar Peer, Elena Dementieva, Agnieszka Radwanska, Vera Dushevina, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Caroline Wozniacki, Lesia Tsurenko, Cagla Buyukakcay, Elina Svitolina, Pauline Parmentier (all 1)
Reigning singles championPauline Parmentier
Reigning doubles championsLian Chen/Zhang Shuai

WTA Istanbul former champions

Previous WTA Istanbul winners

YearChampionRunner-up
2005Venus WilliamsNicole Vaidisova
2006Shahar PeerAnastasia Myskina
2007Elena DementievaAravane Rezai
2008Agnieszka RadwanskaElena Dementieva
2009Vera DushevinaLucie Hradecka
2010Anastasia PavlyuchenkovaElena Vesnina
2011Not heldNot held
2012Not heldNot held
2013Not heldNot held
2014Caroline WozniackiRoberta Vinci
2015Lesia TsurenkoUrszula Radwasnka
2016Cagla BuyukakcayDanka Kovinic
2017Elina SvitolinaElise Mertens
2018Pauline ParmentierPolona Hercog

WTA Istanbul 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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