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WTA Cincinnati Open

Latest WTA Cincinnati Open News

The 2020 WTA Cincinnati Open will be played at Flushing Meadows, New York due to the global health crisis. The tournament takes place behind closed doors from 21-28 August: Watch and bet on WTA Cincinnati Open tennis  matches live and get Western & Southern Open live stream access with livetennis.com.

WTA Cincinnati Open Live Streaming

WTA Cincinnati Open tennis will be live from New York from 21-28 August 2020 with play starting around 11am local/4pm 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 Western & Southern Open 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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5. Enjoy a live stream & in-play betting for WTA Cincinnati Open tennis, live from New York from 21-28 August 2020

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WTA Cincinnati Open Tournament Schedule

Western & Southern Open 2020

Date – Time Event Name Location
Friday 21 August 16:00 BST Women’s R1 matches Flushing Meadows
Saturday 22 August 00:00 BST Women’s R1 matches Flushing Meadows
Saturday 22 August 16:00 BST Men’s & women’s R1 matches Flushing Meadows
Sunday 23 August 00:00 BST Men’s & women’s R1 matches Flushing Meadows
Sunday 23 August 16:00 BST Men’s & women’s R2 matches Flushing Meadows
Monday 24 August 00:00 BST Men’s & women’s R2 matches Flushing Meadows
Monday 24 August 16:00 BST Men’s & women’s R2 matches Flushing Meadows
Tuesday 25 August 00:00 BST Men’s & women’s R2 matches Flushing Meadows
Tuesday 25 August 16:00 BST Men’s & women’s R16 matches Flushing Meadows
Wednesday 26 August 00:00 BST Men’s & women’s R16 matches Flushing Meadows
Wednesday 26 August 16:00 BST Men’s & women’s QF matches Flushing Meadows
Thursday 27 August 00:00 BST Men’s & women’s QF matches Roland Garros
Thursday 27 August 16:00 BST Men’s & women’s SF matches Roland Garros
Friday 28 August 00:00 BST Men’s & women’s SF matches Flushing Meadows
Friday 28 August 16:00 BST Men’s & women’s final Flushing Meadows

All singles and doubles matches are available to stream live via bet365 for customers with funded accounts.

When is the WTA Cincinnati Open 2020?

The 2020 WTA Cincinnati Open will be played from 21-28 August – but there is a significant difference this year.

For just the fifth time in the history of the tournament now known as the Western & Southern Open, which stretches back to 1899, the event will be played outside the Cincinnati area.

Due to the impact of the global health crisis on the tennis schedule, the Cincinnati Open will be played in Flushing Meadows, New York, on the venue which plays host to the US Open – the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre. The tournament will be played behind closed doors.

Qualifying for the WTA Cincinnati Open will be played 20-21 August, with main-draw women’s matches beginning on 21 August.

WTA Cincinnati Open Players 2020

A Premier-5 tournament with all the substantial prize money and ranking points for the winner that the category implies, the Western & Southern Open usually has no trouble affecting top WTA Tour players.

Circumstances are unusual in 2020, however; many players may have doubts about travelling from other continents to the USA, or be unable to do so.

The world’s top two players, Ashleigh Barty and Simona Halep, have opted to sit out the event, but the entry lost is still an extremely strong one, highlighted by six of the WTA top 10.

Serena Williams is a two-time Cincinnati champion (Credit Image: © AFP7 via ZUMA Wire)

Serena Williams

The only woman to have won multiple Western & Southern Open titles in the Open Era, Williams lifted the trophy in Cincinnati on back-to-back occasions in 2014-15, defeating Ana Ivanovic and Simona Halep respectively. Having finished runner-up to Victoria Azarenka in 2013, Williams therefore made three consecutive appearances on women’s final day in Cincinnati and built an 11-match winning streak at the Western & Southern Open before it was snapped by Petra Kvitova in 2018.

The greatest player of all time, Williams owns an Open Era record 23 Grand Slam titles. She has been chasing an all-time record-tying 24th title since returning from maternity leave in 2018, and with back-to-back US Open finals in 2018-19, she could be closing in. There will be no better way to warm up for a title campaign at the 2020 US Open than by triumphing at the Western & Southern Open the week before.

Karolina Pliskova

The position of top seed will be filled by world no. 3 Pliskova, the big-serving Czech known as the ‘ace queen’, as she plays her first tournament since the Qatar Total Open in February.

Pliskova won the Western & Southern Open title in 2016, defeating Angelique Kerber in the final, and would lose to the same opponent in the US Open final a few weeks later. She built an eight-match winning streak in Cincinnati before losing to Garbine Muguruza in the semifinals in 2017.

Sofia Kenin

Kenin became the WTA’s newest Grand Slam champion when she triumphed at the Australian Open in January, defeating Muguruza in the final. She picked up her second title of the year in Lyon, the last tournament to be played before the five-month shutdown.

The 21-year-old American made her main-draw Western & Southern Open in 2019 and made the most of it in what we are quickly coming to identify as her trademark style, defeating two top-10 players on her way to the semifinals.

Kiki Bertens won the Western & Southern Open in 2018 (Photo by Adam Lacy/Icon Sportswire) (Credit Image: © Adam Lacy/Icon SMI via ZUMA Press)

Kiki Bertens

One of seven former Western & Southern Open champions to appear in the main or qualifying draws in 2020, world no. 7 Bertens used to be thought of as primarily a clay-courter, but proved that she is a force to be reckoned with on all surfaces when she defeated four top-10 players on her way to the Cincinnati title in 2018, beating Simona Halep in the final.

Bertens won her tenth career WTA Tour title in February in St Petersburg and was 12-3 for the season before the shutdown.

Naomi Osaka

It caused consternation when world no. 10 Osaka was not on the entry list, but the 22-year-old confirmed that she had accepted a wildcard to play the Western & Southern Open.

Osaka had the best result at the Western & Southern Open of her career in 2019 when she reached the quarterfinals before being forced to retire against Sofia Kenin. A force to be reckoned with on hard courts, Osaka won the US Open and Indian Wells in 2018 and went on to claim the Australian Open title in 2019 as well. The Western & Southern Open will be her first tournament since she played a Fed Cup tie in early February.

Madison Keys

Aiming to become first woman since Serena Williams in 2014-15 to win back-to-back Western & Southern Open titles, Keys has already reached one final in 2020, narrowly edged by Pliskova in the Brisbane final in January.

The defending Western & Southern Open champion is a former US Open finalist currently ranked world no. 13, who defeated Halep, Kenin, Muguruza and Venus Williams on her way to the title in 2019.

Kim Clijsters

One of the wildcard recipients, Clijsters is another former champion in the field for the Western & Southern Open – the affable Belgian won the title in 2010, defeating Maria Sharapova.

Clijsters initially retired in 2007 before returning to competition in Cincinnati in 2009. Shortly afterwards, she won the US Open and successfully defended the title in 2010 before retiring again in 2012.

Now 37 and a mother of two, Clijsters is unretiring once again in 2020. She played two WTA matches in February before the global health crisis forced sport to be shut down, but has looked very impressive in World Team Tennis during the hiatus. Don’t count out Kim!

WTA Cincinnati Open Player Performance

Who are the best-performing female players at the Western & Southern Open?

Player Years played Titles Finals 2019 result Win-loss
Serena Williams 7 2 (2014-15) 1 (2013) Did not play 19-5
Madison Keys 6 1 (2019) Champion (d. Svetlana Kuznetsova) 13-6
Kiki Bertens 5 1 (2018) R2 (lost to Venus Williams) 7-4
Garbine Muguruza 6 1 (2017) R1 (lost to Madison Keys) 8-5
Karolina Pliskova 5 1 (2016) QF (lost to Svetlana Kuznetsova) 12-4
Victoria Azarenka 5 1 (2013) Did not play 10-4
Simona Halep 8 3 (2015, 2017-18) R16 (lost to Madison Keys) 23-8
Svetlana Kuznetsova 9 1 (2019) Runner-up (lost to Madison Keys) 13-8
Angelique Kerber 8 2 (2012, 2016) R1 (lost to Anett Kontaveit) 12-8

WTA Cincinnat Open Tournament Information

ATP Cincinnati Masters Western & Southern Open
Dates 21-28 August 2020
Location Flushing Meadows, New York
Venue USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre (2020 only)
Surface Outdoor hard court
Category ATP Masters 1000/WTA Premier-5
Draw size 56 singles/24 doubles
First played 1899
Most titles Men: Roger Federer (7)

Women: Serena Williams (2)

Prize money ATP: US$6,735,690

WTA: US$2,944,486

Reigning champions Men’s singles: Dominic Thiem

Women’s singles: Madison Keys

Men’s doubles: Ivan Dodig/Filip Polasek

Women’s doubles: Lucie Hradecka/Andreja Klepac

About the Cincinnati Open

The women’s tournament in Cincinnati has as long a history as the men’s; both were first played in 1899, with Myrtle McAteer claiming the title. But it hasn’t quite been an uninterrupted history. Although names that loom large in tennis history, like those of Alice Marble, Julie Heldman, Virginia Wade, Margaret Court and Evonne Goolagong, appear on the list of champions, the women’s tournament was not played between 1974 and 1987 and again between 1988 and 2003.

When WTA Tour tennis returned to Cincinnati in 2004, Lindsay Davenport of the USA became its first champion. In 2009, the tournament – now known as the Western & Southern Open – became a Premier-5, and in 2011 it was finally combined with the men’s tournament, becoming the last big event before the US Open for both men and women.

Since becoming a Premier-5 event in 2009, seven of the Western & Southern Open’s women champions have been players who have held the WTA world no. 1 ranking at the same time. Two players have captured the WTA Cincinnati Open and US Open titles in the same year: Kim Clijsters (2010) and Serena Williams (2014).

Williams is the only player to have won multiple Western & Southern Open titles in its modern incarnation, going back-to-back in 2014-15 with victories over Ana Ivanovic and Simona Halep. Halep herself has made the Western & Southern Open final three times without winning it, finishing runner-up to Williams in 2015, Garbine Muguruza in 2017 and Kiki Bertens in 2018.

In 2019, Madison Keys became the latest home-grown champion in Cincinnati when she made a storming run through the draw, beating Muguruza, Halep, Venus Williams and Svetlana Kuznetsova on her way to the title.

Usually played at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio, the Western & Southern Open has been relocated from the Cincinnati suburb to New York in 2020. Due to the global health crisis caused by COVID-19, the WTA Cincinnati Open will be played at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center behind closed doors from 21-28 August before returning to Cincinnati in 2021.

WTA Cincinnati Open Ranking Points

Here is a breakdown of the ranking points awarded by the WTA Tour for reaching various rounds at a Premier-5 event like the BNP Paribas Open.

 

Round Points
Champion 900
Final 585
Semifinal 350
Quarterfinal 190
R16 105
R32 60
R64 1

 

WTA Cincinnati Open Champions

Here is a complete list of players who have triumphed at the Western & Southern Open.

Former Cincinnati champions

Year Men’s Champion Men’s Runner-up Women’s Champion Women’s Runner-up
1968 William Harris Tom Gorman Linda Tuero Tory Fretz
1969 Cliff Richey Allan Stone Lesley Turner Bowrey Gail Chanfreau
1970 Ken Rosewall Cliff Richey Rosemary Casals Nancy Richey
1971 Stan Smith Juan Gisbert Sr. Virginia Wade Linda Tuero
1972 Jimmy Connors Guillermo Vilas Margaret Court Evonne Goolagong
1973 Ilie Nastase Manuel Orantes Evonne Goolagong Chris Evert
1974 Marty Riessen (3) Robert Luiz Not played Not played
1975 Tom Gorman Sherwood Stewart Not played Not played
1976 Roscoe Tanner Eddie Dibbs Not played Not played
1977 Harold Solomon Mark Cox Not played Not played
1978 Eddie Dibbs Raul Ramirez Not played Not played
1979 Peter Fleming Roscoe Tanner Not played Not played
1980 Harold Solomon (2) Francisco Gonzalez Not played Not played
1981 John McEnroe Chris Lewis Not played Not played
1982 Ivan Lendl Steve Denton Not played Not played
1983 Mats Wilander John McEnroe Not played Not played
1984 Mats Wilander (2) Anders Jarryd Not played Not played
1985 Boris Becker Mats Wilander Not played Not played
1986 Mats Wilander (3) Jimmy Connors Not played Not played
1987 Stefan Edberg Boris Becker Not played Not played
1988 Mats Wilander (4) Stefan Edberg Barbara Potter Helen Kelesi
1989 Brad Gilbert Stefan Edberg Not played Not played
1990 Stefan Edberg (2) Brad Gilbert Not played Not played
1991 Guy Forget Pete Sampras Not played Not played
1992 Pete Sampras Ivan Lendl Not played Not played
1993 Michael Chang Stefan Edberg Not played Not played
1994 Michael Chang (2) Stefan Edberg Not played Not played
1995 Andre Agassi Michael Chang Not played Not played
1996 Andre Agassi (2) Michael Chang Not played Not played
1997 Pete Sampras (2) Thomas Muster Not played Not played
1998 Patrick Rafter Pete Sampras Not played Not played
1999 Pete Sampras (3) Pat Rafter Not played Not played
2000 Thomas Enqvist Tim Henman Not played Not played
2001 Gustavo Kuerten Patrick Rafter Not played Not played
2002 Carlos Moya Lleyton Hewitt Not played Not played
2003 Andy Roddick Mardy Fish Not played Not played
2004 Andre Agassi (3) Lleyton Hewitt Lindsday Davenport Vera Zvonareva
2005 Roger Federer Andy Roddick Patty Schnyder Akiko Morigami
2006 Andy Roddick (2) Juan Carlos Ferrero Vera Zvonareva Katarina Srebotnik
2007 Roger Federer (2) James Blake Anna Chakvetadze Akiko Morigami
2008 Andy Murray Novak Djokovic Nadia Petrova Nathalie Dechy
2009 Roger Federer (3) Novak Djokovic Jelena Jankovic Dinara Safina
2010 Roger Federer (4) Mardy Fish Kim Clijsters Maria Sharapova
2011 Andy Murray (2) Novak Djokovic Maria Sharapova Jelena Jankovic
2012 Roger Federer (5) Novak Djokovic Li Na Angelique Kerber
2013 Rafael Nadal John Isner Victoria Azarenka Serena Williams
2014 Roger Federer (6) David Ferrer Serena Williams Ana Ivanovic
2015 Roger Federer (7) Novak Djokovic Serena Williams (2) Simona Halep
2016 Marin Cilic Andy Murray Karolina Pliskova Angelique Kerber
2017 Grigor Dimitrov Nick Kyrgios Garbine Muguruza Simona Halep
2018 Novak Djokovic Roger Federer Kiki Bertens Simona Halep
2019 Daniil Medvedev David Goffin Madison Keys Svetlana Kuznetsova

WTA Cincinnati tennis is live from Flushing Meadows, New York from 21-28 August, with play starting around 11am local/4pm 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 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 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’ drop down menu

5. Enjoy a live stream & in-play betting for WTA Cincinnati Open tennis, live from New York from 22-28 August 2020

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.