The Tianjin Open offers increased prize money of $750,000 in 2018 as well as ranking points and the opportunity to compete for a WTA title as the International-level event continues to grow in popularity and attract ever-stronger fields.

Rising star Aryna Sabalenka, the 2017 runner-up, returns to the Tianjin Open in 2018 alongside Victoria Azarenka, world no. 4 Caroline Garcia, top-20 player Elise Mertens and San Jose champion and runner-up Mihaela Buzarnescu and Maria Sakkari when WTA Tianjin takes place 8-14 October.

WTA Tianjin Open live streaming

WTA Tianjin tennis is live from 8-14 October with play starting around 11.30am local/4.30am 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 Tianjin 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 Tianjin 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 Tianjin tennis, live from 8-14 October 2018. 

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 Tianjin Tournament Schedule

WTA Tianjin Players 2018

The final week of the WTA Tour's autumn Asian swing sees a number of top players scheduled to appear at the Tianjin Open, hoping to boost their chances of seizing one of the remaining places at the season-ending WTA Finals Singapore, boost their ranking by the end of the season or take advantage of one of the last weeks of competition of the season to lift a WTA Tour trophy.

Ranked world no. 4 at the time of writing, France's Caroline Garcia will be one of the star attractions at the Tianjin Open in 2018 as she tries to find some of the same success on Asian hard courts which saw her accomplish the unprecedented feat of winning the Wuhan and China Opens back-to-back in 2017. The powerful and talented Garcia is still looking for her first title of 2018 - could it come in Tianjin?

Garcia is joined by Belarus's Aryna Sabalenka, whose run to a first WTA Tour final in Tianjin in 2017 hinted at the success that was to come in 2018 for the audacious youngster. Not only did Sabalenka reach a second WTA Tour final in Lugano, but she reached the final of the prestigious Premier-level Eastbourne event and went on to reach the semifinals of Premier-5 level events Cincinnati and Wuhan and won her first title at the Premier-level Connecticut Open in New Haven. With seven wins over top-10 players already in 2018, Sabalenka is establishing herself as one of the brightest young stars in women's tennis - can she make another run to the Tianjin final when the 2018 edition of the tournament begins on Monday 8 October?

Another rising star joining the Tianjin Open field for 2018 is Elise Mertens, the 22-year-old Belgian who already has a trio of titles to her name this season as well as a run to the Australian Open semifinals and is looking to boost herself even further up the rankings and towards the top 10 before the end of the year, and Maria Sakkari, the Greek who made the San Jose final in impressive style over the summer - but couldn't conquer Mihaela Buzarnescu, the veteran who is enjoying unprecedented success in the wake of career-threatening injuries and who took the title in San Jose, and who is also in the field for WTA Tianjin.

Former world no. 1 Victoria Azarenka, Ajla Tomljanovic - twice a WTA finalist in 2018 - and the in-form Su-Wei Hsieh of Chinese Taipei, who is enjoying a great season highlighted by runs to the second weeks of the Australian Open and Wimbledon and a title in Hiroshima, are also among the players scheduled to appear at the 2018 Tianjin Open, live from Tianjin from 8-14 October.

About the Tianjin Open

Bringing the WTA Tour's Asian swing to a close for the majority of players, the Tianjin Open continues to grow in popularity and prestige as an International-level stop on the women's circuit of the globe.

The International tier tournament marks one of the last five remaining tournaments on the WTA Calendar, taking place at the same time as the Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open and the Generali Ladies Linz before the WTA annual schedule finishes up in Luxembourg and Moscow. The WTA Finals will then commence in late October - and players who are still hoping to seize one of the final remaining places at the season-ending championship often plan to play Tianjin or take a late wildcard, adding to the intrigue of the Tianjin Open.

The WTA has expanded its presence in Asia in general, and China in particular, in recent years, with women's tennis growing immensely in popularity thanks to the achievements of Li Na, who became China's first Grand Slam champion at the 2011 French Open and also won the Australian Open in 2014. While Li hails from Wuhan, Tianjin also has a significant role to play in Chinese tennis history, with former US Open semifinalist Peng Shuai and Zhang Shuai both having lived or trained there. 

Staged at the Tianjin Tuanbo International Centre, where the centre court can seat up to 3500 people, the Tianjin Open announced in 2018 that it would be increasing its prize money to $750,000, making it one of the most lucrative and prestigious International-level events.

Alison Riske won the first ever Tianjin Open with a straight sets victory over Belinda Bencic, while Agnieszka Radwanska - who has won half of her 20 WTA titles in Asia - claimed the 2015 title with a commanding 6-1 6-2 win over Danka Kovinic. Riske returned to the final in 2016, but she couldn’t add a second Tianjin title to her trophy cabinet, with Peng Shuai becoming the first Chinese player to win the tournament with a 7-6(3) 6-2 triumph.

Former world no. 1 and five-time champion Maria Sharapova took the Tianjin Open title in 2017, beating Aryna Sabalenka in the final - heralding the Belarusian's breakthrough to the top echelons which would follow in 2018.

WTA Tianjin Tournament Information

WTA Tianjin Fast Facts

WTA TianjinTianjin Open
Dates8-14 October, 2018
VenueTianjin Tuanbo International Tennis Centre
LocationTianjin, China
First Played2014
Draw Size32
CategoryWTA International
Prize Money$750,000
Reigning Singles ChampionMaria Sharapova
Reigning Doubles ChampionIrina-Camelia Begu/Sara Errani

WTA Tianjin Open Ranking Points

These are the ranking points awarded by the WTA Tour for reaching various rounds at an International-level event like the Tianjin Open.

Ranking points on offer at the Japan Women's Open


WTA Tianjin Open Champions

This is a complete list of singles champions at the Tianjin Open since it was first played in 2014. 

Players who are still active in singles are given in bold.

Former WTA Tianjin champions

2014Alison RiskeBelinda Bencic
2015Agnieszka RadwanskaDanka Kovinic
2016Peng ShuaiAlison Riske
2017Maria SharapovaAryna Sabalenka

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