Held the week after all the mayhem of the first Grand Slam of the year at the Australian Open, some of the world’s best WTA stars will immediately be back in action at the 2019 St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy, live between January 29 and February 3.

Top 10 stars Kiki Bertens and Daria Kasatkina have already committed to the tournament, along with Julia Goerges, former champion Kristina Mladenovic and homegrown stars Maria Sharapova and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

WTA St. Petersburg Live Streaming

WTA St. Petersburg tennis is live from January 29 and February 3, with play starting around 1.00pm local/10.00am GMT. Bookmaker bet365 are offering customers the opportunity to watch a live stream of the match alongside in-play betting.

Watch and bet on St. Petersburg 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 and bet on WTA St. Petersburg 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 St. Petersburg tennis, live from January 29 to February 3, 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 St. Petersburg Tournament Schedule

WTA St. Petersburg Players 2019

The full entry list for the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy hasn’t been released at the time of writing, but six leading WTA stars have already committed to the Premier-level tournament as they the new season of tennis continues after the Australian Open.

Leading the charge in the Russian city is rising homegrown star Daria Kasatkina, who will be playing in her home country for the first time since capturing the Moscow title towards the tail-end of 2018. Kasatkina broke into the top 10 courtesy of that title triumph and will be looking to take her game to the next level in 2019 - and what better way to start than more success at home.

Two more Russians have also signed up for the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy, including Maria Sharapova and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Sharapova’s comeback from a doping ban hasn’t exactly gone to plan over the last couple of years, with the five-time major champion failing to make it back into the top 20 and generally struggling to match it with the very best players on tour. Pavlyuchenkova meanwhile slipped out of the top 40 at the end of 2018 after a sub-par season and will be determined to claw her way back into the top 20 in 2019.

Kiki Bertens experienced a whirlwind 2018, capturing three WTA titles and qualifying for the season-ending WTA Finals Singapore to make her debut inside the world’s top 10 - can the powerful Dutchwoman continue to master all surfaces this season?

Elsewhere, Julia Goerges has transformed into one of the tour’s most reliable players over the course of the last two years, with the German consistently ranked in the top 15, while Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic will be hoping lighting strikes twice in St. Petersburg after she won the title in 2017, beating Yulia Putintseva in the final.

WTA St. Petersburg Seeds

Check back here later when the WTA St. Petersburg seeds are announced.

About WTA St. Petersburg

After its successful inaugural edition in 2016, and sophomore edition in 2017, the St Petersburg Ladies Trophy returns in 2018 with a glittering field headlined by top-10 stars Simona Halep, Caroline Wozniacki and Caroline Garcia. The first European Premier-level WTA Tour event of the season live from the fairytale Russian city of St Petersburg from Monday 29 January.

After the hectic month of January concludes with the first Grand Slam of the year, the Australian Open, the tennis world takes a breath before the increasingly prominent hard-court events of late February and March across the Middle East and the USA – and the top stars of the WTA Tour make a brief return to the indoor hard courts of chilly Europe in early February for the St Petersburg Ladies Trophy. 

While it may seem counter-intuitive to stop off in wintry Russia between the heat of Australia and the humidity of the Middle East, the St Petersburg Ladies Trophy is actually held the week before the first round of Fed Cup action– much of which will be played on European indoor hard courts. The Premier-level event therefore offers players the opportunity to warm up for their Fed Cup ties – as well as the incentives of ranking points and prize money up to $753,000.

Russia has an immensely strong tradition of women’s tennis, with Anastasia Myskina, Elena Dementieva, Dinara Safina, Maria Sharapova and Svetlana Kuznetsova among the champions it has produced. The city of St Petersburg, which has a men’s event later in the year, hosted an ITF event for women every year since 2003 until the tournament was upgraded to a Premier-level WTA Tour event in 2016, replacing the BNP Paribas Fortis Diamond Games in Antwerp (which had in turn replaced the event formerly held in Paris).

The inaugural edition of the St Petersburg Ladies Trophy in 2016 featured a strong field with world no. 11 Belinda Bencic at the head of the draw which also featured 2015 US Open runner-up Roberta Vinci and former world no. 1s Caroline Wozniacki and Ana Ivanovic. The tournament was notable for a breakthrough performance from Daria Kasatkina, the Russian teenager who was fresh from reaching the third round of the Australian Open, as she made the semifinals with a win over the unseeded Cibulkova. Bencic, the Swiss teenager who had won the Rogers Cup in Toronto in stunning style in 2015, ended Kasatkina’s run to make the final but it was the veteran Vinci and her unique slice-heavy game who beat Ivanovic in the semifinals and defeated Bencic 6-4, 6-3 to become the first winner of the Premier-level St Petersburg event.

Back by popular acclaim in 2017 and following directly on from the Australian Open, the second edition of the St Petersburg Ladies Trophy boasted an even higher-quality field, with Halep, Venus Williams, Dominika Cibulkova and Svetlana Kuznetsova all taking the stage. However, it was Kristina Mladenovic who rose through the field to win her first WTA Title. The Frenchwoman came within an inch of defending her title in 2018, but she was thwarted in the final by Petra Kvitova as the Czech won the first of her five WTA titles in the Russian city.

WTA St. Petersburg Tournament Information

WTA St. Petersburg Tournament Information

WTA St. Petersburg
Dates28 January - 3 February
VenueSibur Arena
LocationSt. Petersburg, Russia
First Played2016
SurfaceHard (Indoor)
CategoryWTA Premier
Draw Size32
Prize Money$776,000
Reigning Singles ChampionPetra Kvitova
Reigning Doubles ChampionsTimea Bacsinszky/Vera Zvonareva

Former WTA St. Petersburg Champions

WTA St. Petersburg Previous Winners

2016Roberta VinciBelinda Bencic
2017Kristina MladenovicLesia Tsurenko
2018Petra KvitovaKristina Mladenovic

WTA St. Petersburg Ranking Points

WTA Premier ranking points

RoundPoints (56-player draw)Points (28-player draw)
Round of 165555
Round of 32301
Round of 641-

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