We’d be lying if we tried to claim that this was the 2019 Australian Open women’s final that we were expecting. Despite Naomi Osaka taking the ultimate Grand Slam of last year and Petra Kvitova’s two previous Wimbledon wins, this year’s field was just so strong.
Not that that matters now, and we’ve compiled this handy guide for watching the 2019 Australian Open final on TV or by live stream online, no matter where you are in the world – you can even watch it for FREE in some areas.
Australian Open 2019 final – where and when
The women’s final takes place on Saturday, January 26 at 7.30pm local time. So that’s 8.30am GMT, 3.30am ET, 12.30am PT. Or 9.30am in the Czech Republic and 5.50pm in Osaka’s native Japan.
For some people, Naomi Osaka’s US Open win in September was a fluke, particularly defeating the mighty Serena Williams in the final after her opponent suffered an on-court meltdown. But getting to two consecutive Grand Slam finals is absolutely no accident and the 21-year-old world number 4 will want to reinforce why she should be a force to be reckoned with in women’s tennis for the foreseeable future.
And Petra Kvitová’s story is equally as enchanting, after the veteran champion was horribly attacked with a knife in a burglary just over two years ago. The Czech will be looking for her first major win in five years after a comeback to tennis worthy of a film script. Will it be a happy Hollywood ending?
Whatever happens, it’s sure to be an exciting crescendo to the tournament so make sure you’re tuned into an Osaka vs Kvitova live stream by following one of the options below.
Live stream the Osaka vs Kvitova Australian Open final from anywhere in the world
For your tennis watching options in the Australia, the US, UK, Canada and New Zealand, we have more details below – just scroll down the page.
But if you don’t have easy access to watch the Australian Open online in your country and want to catch broadcast coverage from somewhere else in the world, the best way to watch it is to download and install a VPN (click the link if you’re a bit unsure of what that is). We’ve tested all of the major VPN services and we rate ExpressVPN as the absolute best. It’s compatible with loads of devices (e.g. Amazon Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Xbox and PS4) and streaming services and ranks amongst the fastest and most secure.
So for a one-stop shop, you can’t go wrong with Express – but there are more fantastic VPN options out there as well:
The best 3 VPNs for streaming sport online
1. ExpressVPN: the best all-round VPN for streaming, comes with 30-day free trial and three months free with a one-year sub
2. IPVanish supports up to 10 devices, so great on the go
3. NordVPN: SmartPlay tech makes NordVPN a great choice for streaming
And don’t forget that a VPN isn’t just for watching tennis. From unblocking restricted sites and watching Netflix in other territories, to adding an extra layer of security for online shopping and banking, it’s not hard to see why their popularity is increasing.
Once downloaded, simply open your VPN app, choose an Australian server location and then head on over to Channel 9 to start watching live – the broadcaster is showing the whole thing for free.
Where can I watch the Australian Open 2019 tennis using a VPN?
How to live stream the Australian Open tennis for FREE in Australia
Channel 9 has secured the rights to broadcast all the action from the Australian Open for 2019 – a change from the norm, as 7 has had it up until now. So for those with access to the channel it’s as easy as switching on the TV or using the app to enjoy all the action.
There’s also the option of using a VPN as described above if you’re away from home and still want to catch that Australian Open coverage.
How to watch the Australian Open 2019: US live stream
For US residents, the Australian Open action will be broadcast by ESPN and the Tennis Channel. That means those with access can enjoy it on TV as part of their usual subscription package.
For live streaming on the move, subscribers can watch via the ESPN app or WatchESPN.com.
How to live stream the Australian Open in the UK
This year UK residents will be able to catch the Australian Open action via Eurosport which has secured the broadcasting rights to the tennis Grand Slam event. Its final coverage starts at 8am.
That means you’ll need to have a subscription to enjoy everything from your TV. This can be attained via Sky, Virgin Media, TVPlayer and the Eurosport app to name but a few options. It costs £9.99 per month, or £4.99 if you commit to a whole year.
Alternatively, if you already have an Amazon Prime Video subscription (or fancy getting one), then it has an offer where you can get six months of Eurosport for just 1p per month. Outstanding value if you’re a big tennis fan, as the service also has the rights to show the French Open later in the year. Plus, if you haven’t used it before, you can get a 30-day FREE trial to Prime Video, too!
Not in the UK this fortnight? Then don’t panic, as downloading and installing a VPN as described above will let you watch via the above services as if you were back in blighty.
The best way to stream the Australian Open 2019 in Canada
In Canada the rights to all the tennis Grand Slams are owned by TSN, and the 2019 Australian Open is no exception. So that means you can access this via your TV, online or on the TSN app if you have access to the service.
How to watch Osaka vs Kvitova in New Zealand
In New Zealand you’re going to be able to catch all the action on Sky NZ, although this is obviously a paid-for service. It includes access on mobile and tablets via the Sky Go app.
If you want to catch it but are out of New Zealand over the fortnight, you can use a VPN to access the tennis coverage.
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