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WTA Hobart 2018 Live Stream – Hobart International tennis live online

Live Tennis Staff in News 7 Jan 2018
  • The 2018 Hobart International is live from 7-13 January
  • China's Shuai Zhang leads the field as Elise Mertens attempts to defend her title.
Zhang Shuai. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

China's Shuai Zhang leads the field as Elise Mertens attempts to defend her title at the 2018 Hobart International, live from 7-13 January

WTA Hobart Tournament Schedule




Who is playing WTA Hobart 2017


Shuai Zhang leads the field in Hobart, looking to build on her strong finish to last season. The Chinese number two won the Guangzhou title and the WTA 125K title in Honolulu to close out last season, and she will be keen to start 2018 in similar vein. Zhang was a quarter finalist at the Australian Open back in 2016, and a good start in Hobart may launch her into another strong run in Melbourne. 

Defending champion, Elise Mertens returns to the scene of her brilliant triumph in 2017, when she came through the qualifiers to claim her first WTA title. That set the Belgian up for a fine season, during which she made the final in Istanbul and reached semi-finals in Bastad, New Haven and Luxembourg.

Former champions Alize Cornet and Mona Barthel are also in the 2018 field, so are 2017 WTA titlists Lesia Tsurenko (who won in Acapulco) and Irina Camelia-Begu (Bucharest champion). Sorana Cirstea, a quarter finalist in three of her last five tournaments in 2017, is another to keep an eye on.

Eugenie Bouchard comes in as a wildcard, while Katerina Siniakova, finalist in Shenzhen last week, also takes her place in the draw.

WTA Hobart seeds

WTA Hobart 2018 Seeds

SeedPlayerNationalityRanking
1Shuai ZhangChina35
2Elise MertensBelgium36
3Sorana CirsteaRomania37
4Alize CornetFrance38
5Lesia TsurenkoUkraine42
6Irina BeguRomania43
7Tatjana MariaGermany46
8Katerina SiniakovaCzech47


About WTA Hobart

 
One of the final stops on tour before the opening grand slam of the year when the Australian Open begins the following week at Melbourne Park, the Hobart International gives players one last opportunity to fine-tune their games before battling it out for a major prize. Feisty Frenchwoman Alize Cornet will return to defend her Hobart crown this year, while reigning French Open semi-finalist Kiki Bertens is set to be the top seed.

Founded back in 1994, the Hobart International is a WTA International tournament that is held at the Hobart International Tennis Centre. Played on outdoor hardcourts, the Hobart International has seen some superstars of tennis grace the main city of Tasmania, with grand slam champions Garbine Muguruza and Petra Kvitova just some of the names who have captured the Hobart silverware over the last decade. Former World No. 1s including Serena Williams, Justine Henin, Victoria Azarenka and Kim Clijsters have also participated in the event over the years.

No player in the 22-year history of the Hobart International has successfully defended their title, and that will be the task awaiting Elise Mertens as she prepares for a return to Hobart.

WTA Hobart Tournament Information


WTA Hobart International Tournament Information

WTA Hobart
Dates7-13
VenueHobart International Tennis Centre
LocationHobart, Australia
First Played1994
Prize Money$226,750
SurfaceHard
CategoryWTA International
Draw Size32 Singles/ 16 Doubles
Reigning Singles' championElise Mertens
Reigning Doubles' championsRaluca Olaru/ Olga Savchuk


WTA Hobart Previous Winners


WTA Hobart Past Champions

YearChampionRunner-up
1994Mana EndoRachel McQuillan
1995Leila MeskhiLi Fang
1996Julie Halard-DecugisMana Endo
1997Dominique van RoostMarianne Werdel Witmayer
1998Patty SchnyderDominique van Roost
1999Chanda RubinRita Grande
2000Kim ClijstersChanda Rubin
2001Rita GrandeJennifer Hopkins
2002Martina SuchaAnabel Medina Garrigues
2003Alicia MolikAmy Frazier
2004Amy FrazierShinobu Asagoe
2005Zheng JieGisela Dulko
2006Michaella KrajicekIveta Benesova
2007Anna ChakvetadzeVasilisa Bardina
2008Eleni DaniilidouVera Zvonareva
2009Petra KvitovaIveta Benesova
2010Alona BondarenkoShahar Peer
2011Jarmila GrothBethanie Mattek-Sands
2012Mona BarthelYanina Wickmayer
2013Elena VesninaMona Barthel
2014Garbine MuguruzaKlara Zakopalova
2015Heather WatsonMadison Brengle
2016Alize CornetEugenie Bouchard
2017Elise MertensMonica Niculescu




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