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One of the biggest changes in tennis betting is the move from the betting shop to online. This has given more choice to punters in terms or odds and markets but it has had another benefit as there has also been a move by the bookmakers to lure in customers by offering all sorts of benefits to having an online account.

Free bets are one such benefit, but the real innovation is that customers of the big betting firms can now watch and bet on live tennis matches online. There is an incredible array of live streamed tennis matches from across the globe every single week.

There is no need for a satellite subscription, or any form of on-going payment, to watch online. All that is needed is an account with one of the major bookmakers and then you can watch online, for free, on your desktop, laptop or mobile device.

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR BET365 LIVE STREAMING: Watch and bet on 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)


Tennis' popularity means there is no shortage of bookmaker websites where you can place your bets on the sport all year round, but with so many bookies to choose from which ones offer the most competitive odds and the best service?

Not only does offer advice on what bets you should place on tennis, we also offer advice on which bookmakers you should use. Our comprehensive reviews give you a rundown of what you can expect from the bookies when you become a customer of theirs.

Is there an incentive to sign up at the website - ie. free bets, risk-free bets etc? Are their tennis betting odds competitive? Do they offer much variety in the way of markets? Can I bet In-Play? What special promotions can I use to insure my bet or boost my pay-out if it is a winner? What standard of customer service can I expect?

All of those questions, and more, are answered in our reviews that you can access HERE.


The sign-up incentive has become a staple of the betting industry with bookmakers now offering new customers the chance to claim free bets, risk-free bets and more when they register for a new online account.

But what offers are available to you right now? Below is's favourite bookmaker welcome offers at this time that you can use to bet on the WTA World Tour (subject to terms & conditions)...


Outright betting on WTA World Tour tennis tournaments remains a great way to make a profit while betting on one of the most popular sports on the planet, but of course you have to have some patience because these types of bets are not ones that pay out quickly, unless you have placed them during the final days of the competition of course.

Tennis outright markets are straightforward - you are betting on potential winners, finalists etc, and these tennis prediction markets are available throughout the tournament so you can wait to see how a player performs before backing them in one of these markets. So what markets are available for WTA World Tour tournaments?

Outright Winner Bets

All bookmakers will offer odds on the outright winner of any tennis tournament. This will be available throughout the tournament and the odds will be updated after each match. Some firms even offer outright betting while matches are in play. Each-way terms on this bet are 1/2 odds for 1, 2 places. This means that if you bet on Sloane Stephens at odds of 14/1 and he loses in the final then you will lose half your stake but the other half will be paid at odds of 2/1, which would result in a profit. Be aware that you must select "each-way" on your betslip if you wish to have this insurance and that your stake will be doubled - a £10 each-way bet on Murray will require a total stake of £20.

Name The Finalists

Perhaps you cannot decide between two players – so why not back them both to reach the final instead? The ‘Name The Finalists’ betting market is simple, you bet on which two teams will go head-to-head in the final of an WTA World Tour event. This market offers an opportunity to make a nice profit because there is added risk – you will need two players to reach the final, and not one, for this bet to be a winner. And while there are always tends to be a couple of clear favourites, even the shortest priced final can be backed at an appealing price before and during the tournament. But of course, as the action unfolds those odds could shorten quickly.

To Reach The Final

This tennis betting market is very similar to the ‘Name The Finalists’ one, but in this instance you only need to select one team to make the final. Fancy Serena Williams to go all the way to the final but not completely convinced that he will lift the trophy? If so then this is market for you. However, the odds in this market are a good deal shorter than those available in the ‘Name The Finalists’ because there is less risk. They are backable though, but just like the two markets I mentioned before, they will get shorter as the competition unfolds.


Betting on tennis matches has never been easier and there has never been so many markets to choose from for every single match – but which markets should you be using in an attempt to make a profit? offers WTA World Tour betting tips for tournaments throughout the season, and the following markets feature regularly in our previews…

Match Betting

All bookmakers will offer odds on individual match winners and it is simply a case of backing who you think will win the match.

Correct Score/Set Betting

This is as simple as it seems, you bet on the final score in the match. There are four options; 2-0, 2-1, 1-2 and 0-2 and the bookmaker will offer odds on each. If you are correct then you win your bet.

Game Handicap

Most bookmakers will offer game handicap betting on tennis matches. This is where you don't bet on a player to win the match but attempt to predict by how many games they will win. The bookmakers set a predicted game line to give both players odds of around even money and then you make your selection on whether the line is correct or not. This is a good bet to place when there are strong favourites in a match. Serena Williams will, for example, be a short price favourite to win in the first round. There will be some that will think that the American will win easily and so may want to bet on her to cover a handicap line of 5.5 games (win by more than six games (6-3, 6-3 or better)) while there are others who may think his opponent can keep the match tight and so will either win or lose by less than six games.

Total Games

Similar to the handicap, the bookmaker will set a line on how many games there will be in a match. The odds will then be roughly even money on either side of the line and punters have to decide whether there will be more or less than the amount of games predicted. A standard line for a hot favourite may be around 20 games, which would mean a 6-4, 6-4 win. If you think that there will be more than that (in a match where there are big servers for example) then you can bet on the Over. If you think there will be less then you can back Under. It doesn't matter who wins the match, simply how many games are played.

WTA Finals Winners

1972Chris EvertBeat Kerry Melville Reid - 7-5 6-5
1973Chris EvertBeat Nancy Richey Gunter - 6-3 6-3
1974Evonne GoolagongBeat Chris Evert - 6-3 6-4
1975Chris EvertBeat Martina Navratilova - 6-4 6-2
1976Evonne GoolagongBeat Chris Evert - 6-3 5-7 6-3
1977Chris EvertBeat Sue Barker - 2-6 6-1 6-1
1978Martina NavratilovaBeat Evonne Goolagong - 7-6 (7-0) 6-4
1979Martina NavratilovaBeat Tracy Austin - 6 3 3-6 6-2
1980Tracy AustinBeat Martina Navratilova - 6-2 2-6 6-2
1981Martina NavratilovaBeat Andrea Jaeger - 6- 3 7-6 (7-3)
1982Sylvia HanikaBeat Martina Navratilova - 1-6 6-3 6-4
1983Martina NavratilovaBeat Chris Evert - 6-2 6-0
1984Martina NavratilovaBeat Chris Evert - 6-3 7-5 6-1
1985Martina NavratilovaBeat Helena Sukova - 6-3 7-5 6-4
1986Martina Navratilova (March)
Martina Navratilova (November)
Beat Hana Mandlikova - 6-2 6-0 3-6 6-1
Beat Steffi Graf - 7-6 (8-6) 6-3 6-2
1987Steffi GrafBeat Gabriela Sabatini - 6-4 5-7 3-6 6-4 6-2
1988Gabriela SabatiniBeat Pam Shriver - 7-5 6-2 6-2
1989Steffi GrafBeat Martina Navratilova - 6–4 7–5 2–6 6–2
1990Monica SelesBeat Gabriela Sabatini - 6-4 5-7 3-6 6-4 6-2
1991Monica SelesBeat Martina Navratilova - 6-4 3-6 7-5 6-0
1992Monica SelesBeat Martina Navratilova - 7-5 6-3 6-1
1993Steffi GrafBeat Arantxa Sanchez Vicario - 6-1 6-4 3-6 6-1
1994Gabriela SabatiniBeat Lindsay Davenport - 6-3 6-2- 6-4
1995Steffi GrafBeat Anke Huber - 6-1 2-6 6-1 4-6 6-3
1996Steffi GrafBeat Martina Hingis - 6-3 4-6 6-0 4-6 6-0
1997Jana NovotnaBeat Mary Pierce - 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 6-3
1998Martina HingisBeat Lindsay Davenport - 7-5 6-4 4-6 6-2
1999Lindsay DavenportBeat Martina Hingis - 6-4 6-2
2000Martina HingisBeat Monica Seles - 6-7 (5-7) 6-4 6-4
2001Serena WilliamsBeat Lindsay Davenport - WALKOVER
2002Kim ClijstersBeat Serena Williams - 7-5 6-3
2003Kim ClijstersBeat Amelie Mauresmo - 6-2 6-0
2004Maria SharapovaBeat Serena Williams - 4-6 6-2 6-4
2005Amelie MauresmoBeat Mary Pierce - 5-7 7-6 (7-3) 6-4
2006Justine HeninBeat Amelie Mauresmo - 6-4 6-3
2007Justine HeninBeat Maria Sharapova - 5-7 7-5 6-3
2008Venus WlliamsBeat Vera Zvonareva - 6-7 (5-7) 6-0 6-2
2009Serena WilliamsBeat Venus Williams - 6-2 7-6 (7-4)
2010Kim ClijstersBeat Carolina Wozniacki - 6-3 5-7 6-3
2011Petra KvitovaBeat Victoria Azarenka - 7-5 4-6 6-3
2012Serena WilliamsBeat Maria Sharapova - 6-4 6-3
2013Serena WilliamsBeat Li Na - 2-6 6-3 6-0
2014Serena WilliamsBeat Simona Halep - 6-3 6-0
2015Agnieszka RadwanskaBeat Petra Kvitova - 6-2 4-6 6-3
2016Dominika CibulkovaBeat Angelique Kerber - 6-3 6-4
2017Caroline WozniackiBeat Venus Williams - 6-4 6-4

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