Serena Williams faces a resurgent Victoria Azarenka today in the women's semi-finals of this year's US Open tennis – a match that has all the makings of a classic judging by the two three-set finals contested by the pair at Flushing Meadows in 2012 and 2013. Follow our guide to watch a Williams vs Azarenka live stream and catch all the 2020 US Open action online wherever you are today.
Williams vs Azarenka: US Open live stream
Serena Williams vs Victoria Azarenka is being played at Arthur Ashe Stadium, the US Open's biggest stage, and is the second of today's evening session matches, with play expected to get under way at around 9pm ET/6pm PT, or roughly 2am BST on Friday morning in the UK. Full live streaming and TV channel details for the match are below – and you can watch your preferred coverage from anywhere with this 100% risk-free ExpressVPN trial.
Williams came out on top on both of those occasions, -and Azarenka hasn't played a Grand Slam semi-final since. However, the Belarusian former world No. 1 is a two-time Grand Slam winner and has played some of the best tennis of her life this year, tasting victory at Flushing Meadows last month with her surprise Western and Southern Open triumph.
These two have played each other a staggering 22 times, and Williams leads the head-to-head 18-4. The last of those meetings was at Indian Wells last year, a match that Serena won in straight sets.
Their clashes in the 2012 and 2013 US Open finals were much tighter affairs, however, and with Azarenka in top form the expectation is that we'll be treated to a similarly brilliant spectacle today. She lost just one game in her quarter-final thrashing of 16th seed Elise Mertens, a far cry from Serena's three-set, comeback victory over Tsvetana Pironkova.
That was the third gruelling three-setter in a row for Williams, who turns 39 in two weeks. She hasn't been at her brilliant best during this year's tournament, but she's that good that she hasn't needed to be.
Will she finally get her hands on that elusive 24th Grand Slam? Read on as we explain how to watch Serena Williams vs Victoria Azarenka online today and get a US Open live stream wherever you are in the world.
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How to watch a US Open live stream from outside your country
For broadcast and streaming details in tennis-mad countries like the US, UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand, just scroll down the page – everything you need to know is there.
But if you try to watch your domestic coverage from somewhere outside your home country, you'll soon find a problem in geo-blocking. That's where the broadcaster prevents you from watching your usual feed from abroad. It's a common problem for sports fans all over the world – but there's a surprisingly easy solution.
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How to watch Serena Williams vs Victoria Azarenka: live stream US Open tennis in America
In the US, coverage from Flushing Meadows comes courtesy of ESPN and ESPN 2 – today’s evening session from Arthur Ashe Stadium is being covered by ESPN from 7pm ET/4pm PT, and Williams vs Azarenka is provisionally scheduled for a 9pm ET/6pm PT start.
As ESPN is a cable channel, this means you’ll need to be a subscriber to watch Serena Williams vs Victoria Azarenka online – or have a good over-the-top streaming service to call on.
Of the many and varied options, the best for tennis fans wanting to watch a US Open live stream is Sling TV, whose Sling Orange package features ESPN channels for just $30 a month. That’s much less than the competition and WAY less than cable!
Best of all, Sling offers a FREE trial period so you can get a free tennis live stream for some of the tournament and check out the service for yourself.
New or existing subscribers to US streaming services can still access the platform of their choice from abroad, too – all you need is the help of a good VPN.
How to watch US Open tennis and get a Williams vs Azarenka live stream in the UK
This evening’s action in Arthur Ashe Stadium starts at midnight UK time, with Williams vs Azarenka very roughly down to begin at 2am BST.
If you want to stream the tennis from your phone or tablet, the Amazon Prime Video app is available for Android via Google Play and Apple devices via the App Store.
Amazon Prime membership costs £79 per year or £7.99 per month, which can be cancelled at any time. The subscription will get you access to Amazon’s library of TV shows and films as well as unlimited one-day delivery on Amazon orders from the UK.
New users can sign up for a FREE 30-day Amazon Prime trial with full access to live sports coverage as well as free one-day delivery on purchases from Amazon’s online store during that time.
Not in the UK but still want to watch the tennis on your Prime account? Your best option is to download and install a VPN and then log in to a UK IP address.
Williams vs Azarenka live stream: how to watch today's US Open tennis online in Canada
If you get them as part of your cable deal, then you’ll just be able to log in with the details of your provider and get access to a US Open live stream. As in the US, the evening session starts at 7pm ET/4pm PT, with Williams vs Azarenka pencilled in for a 9pm ET/6pm PT start.
And if you decide to subscribe or already have, remember you can take your favorite sports streaming service with you wherever you go – just try the No. 1 VPN around 100% risk-free for 30-days and follow the instructions above.
How to live stream the US Open 2020 and watch tennis online in Australia
To watch the US Open, all you really need to know is that ESPN has the rights to live stream tennis in Australia and will be broadcasting the 2020 tournament.
The channel is available on pay TV courtesy of Foxtel and the action generally starts Down Under at 2am AEST each day, though the Thursday evening session at Arthur Ashe Stadium starts at 9am on Friday Australia time, with Williams vs Azarenka expected to begin at around 11am.
This is actually great news for cord cutters, as Aussie streaming service Kayo Sports includes ESPN coverage in its packages. A Kayo Sports Basic Package costs $25 per month and allows users to stream across two devices simultaneously, while a Kayo Sports Premium Package provides three concurrent streams for $35 per month.
Needless to say, this makes it super-affordable if you share with friends, family or fellow tennis fans – plus Kayo offers a FREE trial period so you can watch some of the event for free this August.
Better still, free-to-air SBS Viceland will also get in on the action from Wednesday, September 9, which is when play switches to a 2am start. This means that Aussie viewers can make use of the free SBS On Demand streaming service to tune in.
If you’re away from Australia at the moment, you’ll need to go down the VPN route as set out above.
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