Watch Rybakina vs Azarenka live stream
You can watch Rybakina vs Azarenka now on 9Now for free in Australia. In the US, you can watch this Australian Open semi final on ESPN+ and ESPN. In the UK and Europe, the tennis is on Discovery Plus. Full details on how to watch Rybakina vs Azarenka from anywhere are just below.
|January 26: Not before 7.30pm AEDT / 9.30pm NZDT / 8.30am GMT / 3.30am ET / 12.30am PT|
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Rybakina vs Azarenka: match preview
Two of the last four standing in the women's draw are grand slam winners, but only one will get the chance to contest the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup. 23-year-old Elena Rybakina is seen as the future of tennis, while 33-year-old Victoria Azarenka's run in Melbourne has provided an unexpected blast from the past. It's a battle of the generations.
Azarenka has a bittersweet relationship with the Australian Open. It's the only major she's won, and she's done it twice, but there's still bad blood between the Belarusian and the locals after a controversial medical timeout that overshadowed her most recent triumph, in 2013. Azarenka hasn't forgotten the fallout of that incident, and as she revealed after her dominant victory over No.3 seed Jessica Pegula on Tuesday, she feels that she's the one who's owed an apology.
Rybakina has gone about her business rather more quietly. In fact, you'll have done well to catch her at all. The reigning Wimbledown champion has been ruthlessly efficient, dropping just one set up to this point and only once being pushed beyond 90 minutes. Her 35 aces lead the way in the women's draw, and she struck 11 of them against Jelena Ostapenko, who entered the match as the tournament's standout returner.
Rybakina and Azarenka have met just once before, at Indian Wells last year. The Kazakhstani star won in straight sets on that occasion, though from what we've seen so far in Melbourne, she'll be forced to cover a lot of ground by Azarenka. Follow our guide as we explain how you can watch a Rybakina vs Azarenka live stream and watch Australian Open 2023 from wherever you are.
Watch a Rybakina vs Azarenka live stream for FREE
Tennis fans in Australia can watch the 2023 Australian Open for FREE on Channel 9 and 9Gem (opens in new tab).
Rybakina vs Azarenka will start no earlier than 7.30pm AEDT (3.30am ET) on Thursday evening.
That means viewers can also fire up a free Rybakina vs Azarenka live stream on the 9Now streaming service (opens in new tab), which is compatible with most smart devices. Currently away from Australia?
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Die-hard tennis fans might want to take a look at Stan Sport, which is live streaming every match on every court, ad-free. A subscription costs $10 per month (on top of a $10 Stan sub), after a 7-day FREE trial, though it's less tempting now that the tournament is drawing to a close.
Watch a Rybakina vs Azarenka live stream from outside your country
For broadcast and streaming details in more tennis-mad countries like the UK, US, Canada and New Zealand, just scroll down the page - everything you need to know is there, including details of who's showing Rybakina vs Azarenka.
But if you try to watch your domestic coverage from outside your home country, you'll soon find a problem: 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.
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2. Connect to the appropriate server location - open the VPN app, hit 'choose location' and select the appropriate location, eg: 'Australia' for 9Now.
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How to watch Rybakina vs Azarenka: live stream tennis in the US without cable
Tennis fans in the US can watch Rybakina vs Azarenka on ESPN Plus, with the match set to start no earlier than 3.30am ET / 12.30am PT on Wednesday night/Thursday morning.
The 2023 Australian Open is being shown across ESPN's suite of TV channels and its ESPN Plus streaming service.
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If you don't have ESPN on cable, you'll need a streaming service that includes it, and ESPN Plus is the cheapest and most obvious place to start.
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How to watch Rybakina vs Azarenka: live stream Australian Open 2023 tennis in the UK
Tennis fans in the UK can watch the 2023 Australian Open on Eurosport and its streaming arm Discovery Plus, with Rybakina vs Azarenka set to start no earlier than 8.30am GMT on Thursday morning.
Discovery+ subscriptions costs £6.99 per month or £59.99 for the year, and allows you to tune in on a wide range of devices, as well as the Eurosport TV channels.
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How to watch Rybakina vs Azarenka: live stream Australian Open tennis in Canada
In Canada, you can watch Australian Open 2023 on TSN, but be warned that Rybakina vs Azarenka will start at around 3.30am ET / 12.30am PT on Wednesday night/Thursday morning.
If you get the channel as part of your cable deal, you'll be able to log in with the details of your provider for access to a Rybakina vs Azarenka live stream.
If you don't have cable, you can subscribe to TSN on a streaming-only basis from CA$19.99 a month or $199.90 each year.
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How to watch Rybakina vs Azarenka: live stream tennis in New Zealand
Tennis fans can watch Rybakina vs Azarenka on Sky Sport (opens in new tab) in New Zealand, with the match set to start at 9.30pm NZDT on Thursday night.
You can also tune in via the Sky Sport Now (opens in new tab) streaming-only platform, which costs $19.99 per week or $39.99 per month. The monthly package comes with a 7-day free trial (opens in new tab).
Meanwhile, Sky Sport subscribers can watch the tennis online using the country's Sky Go service.