The European clay court season officially gets underway with the Samsung Open, live from Lugano, Switzerland between April 8-14, 2019.

Dubai champion Belinda Bencic leads the field as she looks to continue her sensational start to the season, alongside the likes of former top 10 player Carla Suarez Navarro and former French Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova.

WTA Lugano Live Streaming

WTA Lugano tennis is live from 8-14 April 2019 with play starting around 11.00am local time (12.00pm 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 Lugano 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 Lugano 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 Lugano tennis, live from 8-14 April 2019

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 LUGANO TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

WTA LUGANO SEEDS 2019

Here is a full list of seeded players at the 2019 Samsung Open.

Seeded players at the 2019 Samsung Open

SeedRankingPlayerPrevious best
120Belinda Bencic-
227Carla Suarez Navarro-
346Viktoria Kuzmova-
452Alison van UytvanckR2 (2018)
553Pauline Parmentier-
657Ekaterina Alexandrova-
764Rebecca Peterson-
865Vera LapkoSF (2018)

WTA Lugano Players 2019

The Road to Roland Garros officially begins on the red clay of Lugano in Switzerland as the European clay season gets underway.

With big events coming up over the next couple of months across the continent, it’s understandable that the biggest names in women’s tennis are opting for training instead of match-play in the first week of the clay season, but a strong field has still gathered in Lugano nonetheless.

Dubai champion Belinda Bencic leads the field as she looks to translate her superb hardcourt form to clay. The Swiss star went on an incredible run through February and March as she defeated six top 10 players on her way to the Dubai title and Indian Wells semi-finals. Can Bencic win her first title on clay in Lugano?

She will be joined in the draw by the likes of Svetlana Kuznetsova - the former World No. 2 and French Open champion who is playing her first tournament since September after being sidelined by injury.

Former top 10 star Carla Suarez Navarro is the second seed and will take some stopping with her glorious one-handed backhand, while Budapest champion Alison Van Uytvanck and sixth seed Ekaterina Alexandrova will also be players to watch.

About WTA Lugano

In 2017, the Ladies Open in the Swiss city of Biel-Bienne replaced the Katowice Ladies Open on the WTA calendar, but the tournament has moved on again after just 12 months, with the Samsung Open now offering players the chance to kick off their French Open preparations on clay rather than hardcourt.

It’s a big incentive as for players as there’s not much sense or logic in competing in a hardcourt tournament in Europe before transitioning to clay.

Lugano is located in southern Switzerland in the Italian-speaking canton of Ticino and is the ninth largest city in the country and not far from the Italian border.

WTA Lugano offers prize money of $250,000 and features a singles draw of 32 players as well as a doubles draw of 16 teams.

Elise Mertens won the inaugural edition of the clay tournament in Lugano last year, beating Aryna Sabalenka in the final. Both players aren’t returning for the 2019 edition.

WTA Lugano tournament information

WTA Lugano fast facts

WTA LuganoSamsung Open
DatesApril 8-14, 2019
LocationLugano, Switzerland
VenueSwiss National Tennis Centre
SurfaceClay
CategoryWTA International
First played2018
Draw size32
Prize money$250,000
Defending singles championElise Mertens
Defending doubles championElise Mertens/Kirsten Flipkens

Former WTA Lugano Champions

WTA Lugano previous champions

YearChampionRunner-up
2018Elise MertensAryna Sabalenka

WTA Lugano 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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