With two surprise results in the semi-final rounds, the final of the Australian Open women’s singles tournament is set to be a riveting match. On February 1 at 7:30 pm AEDT (8:30 am GMT / 3:30 am EST), Sofia Kenin will take on Garbine Muguruza in the women’s singles final. Only a select few people will be able to actually attend this match, but everyone else can still catch the action on TV or via an online stream. In this post, we reveal how to live stream Kenin vs Muguruza abroad from anywhere for free.
While there will undoubtedly be unlicensed streams of this match, these tend to provide a poor viewer experience and may be taken down mid-match due to copyright restrictions. As such, we’ll only recommend official broadcasts.
Many of the streaming sites showing Kenin vs Muguruza geo-restrict their content. This means you’ll need a VPN to tune into your regular services while traveling abroad.
How to live stream Australian Open Women’s Final online for free
Region-locked streaming services discover your whereabouts using your IP address and block content that isn’t cleared for broadcast in your region. A Virtual Private Network (VPN) enables you to switch your real IP address with one from a location of your choice. VPNs have servers all over the world so you just connect to one in the right location and unblock streams.
Connecting to a VPN server sounds a bit complicated but it’s really quite straightforward. Follow the steps below.
Here’s how to watch the Australian Open Women’s Final 2020 live online abroad:
- Select a suitable VPN provider and choose a subscription. We recommend ExpressVPN but CyberGhost and NordVPN are great budget alternatives.
- Download and install the relevant VPN app for your PC or mobile device.
- Launch the app and enter your VPN username and password.
- Choose a server in a location that matches your streaming source. For example, to unlock 9Now streams, select a server in Australia.
- Go to the source website or app and locate the stream of the match.
This should be all you need to do but it’s worth testing the stream before the match starts. This way, you have time to address any problems.
How to live stream Kenin vs Muguruza for free on Australian TV
For viewers in Australia, watching Kenin vs Muguruza, along with all other Australian Open matches, is very straightforward. The Nine Network (or Channel Nine) is showing all matches on TV, as well as online via 9Now. You’ll need to create an account to watch live streams on this platform but it’s completely free. You will have to provide an Australian postal code, but you can use any one as there’s no verification process.
If you’re outside Australia and try to access 9Now, you will receive an error message, as the network region-locks its content. The simple workaround is to connect to an Australian VPN server. Still deciding on a VPN? ExpressVPN is our top pick as it’s excellent at bypassing restrictions. Plus, it’s fast and reliable and comes with excellent customer support. Best of all, it comes with a risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee. If you don’t want to keep using it, you can get a refund once the tournament is over.
Where else can I watch Kenin vs Muguruza online?
Australia isn’t the only country interested in this tournament and tennis fans from all over the world want to tune in to watch the final unfold. As such, broadcasters across the globe have the rights to air the tournament. Below are a few places you can watch depending on where you are:
Most US tennis fans will be able to watch the Australian Open on ESPN. If ESPN is one of the channels in your cable package, you can watch online via ESPN+ or the ESPN mobile app (by logging in with your cable provider credentials).
Otherwise, you can purchase ESPN as a standalone service ($5 per month or $50 per year) or through an over-the-top service such as Sling TV, Hulu with Live TV, or YouTube TV. Many over-the-top services have free trial periods, which means you could watch the match without having to pay. All of these services require a US payment method.
The Tennis Channel is also providing coverage of the Australian Open, so if this is part of your cable package, that’s another way to watch.
All of the above services are geo-restricted and only available to users with a US IP address. If you’re abroad, you can connect to a US VPN server to watch your usual services as normal.
In Canada, TSN and it’s French-language sister channel, RDS, are broadcasting all Australian Open matches, including the final between Kenin and Muguruza. Live streams are available online through TSN Direct or RDS Direct, respectively. TSN Go and RDS Go mobile apps are also available.
You can access the online and mobile streams by logging in with your cable provider credentials, provided TSN or RDS is a part of your TV bundle. If not, you can purchase a day pass for either service for $4.99 CAD or a month pass for $19.99 CAD.
TSN and RDS impose region locks and are only available in Canada. If you’re traveling abroad, you can access streams as normal by using a VPN.
In the UK, Eurosport has rights to air the Australian Open, and Kenin vs Muguruza will be shown on Eurosport 1. To watch online, you’ll need to use Eurosport Player. If you have Eurosport as part of your TV package, you can simply use your cable provider username and password to log in to the player.
Otherwise, you can purchase Eurosport Player separately. This costs £6.99 per month or £39.99 per year. This service is available in some other European countries, but if you’re traveling elsewhere, you’ll need to use a VPN to bypass geo-blocks.
Who will win the Australian Open Women’s Final 2020?
With both of these players making it to final quite unexpectedly, it’s pretty tough to call this match. On the one hand, you have US native Sofia Kenin, who is ranked number 14 in the world. She made it to the final by beating top-seeded Ashleigh Barty in two sets in one of the biggest upsets of the tournament.
As the only seeded player of the two, on paper Barty should win this match. However, it’s worth noting that this is the first time she’s played in a major title match. Spain’s Garbine Muguruza on the other hand, is a two-time Grand Slam winner having won the French Open in 2016 and Wimbledon in 2017. In addition, she ousted number four seed, Simona Halep, in straight sets in the semi-final.
One thing’s for certain: these two players are both hungry for this title. No matter what, we’re in for some exceptional tennis.
Main image credit: Garbine Muguruza licensed under CC BY 2.0