Sabalenka vs Zheng live stream: how to watch Australian Open final 2024 online, Aryna takes first set

Aryna Sabalenka, wearing a red top, clenches her fist to celebrate making it through to the Australian Open 2024 Women's Final – Sabalenka vs Zheng
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Watch Aryna Sabalenka vs Zheng Qinwen live stream

Aryna Sabalenka has demonstrated her power in the first set, claiming it 6-3. Can she now go on to claim her second Grand Slam title? Or will Zheng find a way back into the match?

Aryna Sabalenka vs Zheng Qinwen, along with every other match of the Australian Open, is FREE to watch on 9Now (AU). In the US, live coverage is available via ESPN, ESPN+ and streaming services such as Fubo, which has a free trial. In the UK, you'll need Eurosport or Discovery+. And you can use a VPN to watch your domestic Sabalenka vs Zheng live stream from anywhere, if you happen to be away from home.

Aryna Sabalenka vs Zheng Qinwen preview

We could be witnessing the rise of a superstar, but if Zheng Qinwen is to come of age in the Australian Open final, she'll have to beat the best in the game. Aryna Sabalenka hasn't lost a set in Melbourne, and could become the first player to successfully defend the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup in over a decade. The match is scheduled first in the evening session on Rod Laver Arena, meaning a start time of 7.30pm AEDT local time (8.30am GMT) on Saturday, 27th January.

That's 3.30am ET / 12.30am PT in the US in the early hours of Saturday.

Both players were juggling nerves at the start of their respective semi-finals, but sailed into the grand finale with relative ease once they'd settled. It wouldn't surprise us if the occasion made its presence felt on Saturday, especially given these players' circumstances.

This is Zheng's first ever grand slam final, and in case that wasn't daunting enough, she's been reminded at every opportunity that this is the 10th anniversary of her childhood hero Li Na's last Australian Open victory. On the flipside, Sabalenka may be the dominant force on the WTA Tour, but she's lost four of her past five finals – three of those in straight sets.

The match could hinge on Zheng's serve. The 21-year-old has fired home a tournament-best 48 aces, and will likely add to that haul, but when it doesn't find its mark Sabalenka will come alive. The Belarusian has mauled her opponents' second serves, an approach that's helped her break 28 of the 48 service games she's faced.

To see which way this tie goes as it happens, read on to see how to get Sabalenka vs Zheng live streams, and watch Australian Open 2024 from anywhere in the world.

Free Sabalenka vs Zheng live stream

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Channel 9 has the free-to-air Australian Open TV coverage, with its 9Now streaming service showing every single match for free.

All you need to live stream Sabalenka vs Zheng on 9Now for free is your email address. Once signed in you can watch on your computer, smartphone, tablet or streaming devices such as Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku and select Smart TVs.

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Watch Sabalenka vs Qinwen from anywhere

You won't be able to watch your regular tennis live streams while traveling abroad. The streaming service will spot that you're in a foreign country and block you. You can use a VPN (virtual private network) to get around this, though.

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How to use a VPN to stream Sabalenka vs Zheng

1. Install the VPN of your choice. ExpressVPN is the one we recommend.

2. Open up the VPN app and choose the location of the service you wish to access. So for Australian Open tennis, you may wish to choose 'Australia' for 9Now.

3. Then head over to 9Now on your browser or device and enjoy the free Australian Open live stream!

Watch Sabalenka vs Zheng live streams in the US

The ESPN+ streaming service is serving up action from every court of the Australian Open in the US, meaning that you're guaranteed to find an Aryna Sabalenka vs Zheng Qinwen live stream there. The match is expected to start at 3.30am ET / 12.30am PT early on Saturday morning stateside.

ESPN+ has the rights to a wealth of top sports, including MLB, NHL, MLS and Top Rank Boxing events, as well as FA Cup soccer. You can subscribe to it on its own from $10.99 a month or as part of the Disney Bundle along with Hulu and Disney Plus for just a few dollars more.

ESPN is also showing live Australian Open action, In addition to many cable packages, ESPN can also be accessed through cord cutting services such as Sling and FuboTV.

Sling is offering new customers 50 percent off their first month, while there's a 7-day free-trial of FuboTV available, too. There are no long contracts with either service and, if you're not happy with them, you can cancel at any time.

Of course, ESPN+, Sling and FuboTV are only available within the States, so be sure to use a VPN if you're a US subscriber stuck abroad. We recommend ExpressVPN, as it's reliable and comes with a risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee.

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Watch Sabalenka vs Zheng live stream in the UK

Eurosport has the rights to show Australian Open tennis in the UK. Its channels are available on TV through packages from the likes of Sky TV, EE TV and Virgin Media.

Alternatively, you take your pick of the Australian Open live streams with a Discovery+ subscription. The service's Standard plan costs £6.99 a month and includes Eurosport channels alongside Discovery, TLC, Quest and more. Or upgrade to Premium to include TNT Sports for £29.99 and get access to Premier League and Champions League soccer, Premiership rugby, MotoGP, UFC, WWE and more.

Discovery+ plans run monthly and can be cancelled any time.

You'll be able to watch this match over your morning cornflakes, with Sabalenka vs Zheng live streams expected to start at around 8.30am GMT.

Watch Sabalenka vs Zheng live stream in Australia

Aussies can watch all Australian Open matches absolutely free (explained above) between Channel 9 and 9Now. Sabalenka vs Zheng is due on court at 7.30pm AEDT on Saturday evening.

Australian Open 2024 live streams can also be found on the Stan Sport platform in Australia. The basic Stan package is $10 per month and comes with a 30-day free trial. When you add the necessary Stan Sport add-on, though, for an $15 extra per month, that gets charged immediately.

Away from Oz? Use a VPN to access your local live stream from overseas – without being blocked.

Aatif Sulleyman

Aatif is a freelance copywriter and journalist based in the UK. An avid armchair sports fan, he devours everything from football and Formula 1 to tennis, rugby and cricket. If you need to know where to watch the big game this weekend, Aatif can tell you what TV channel it's on and the exact start time (in eight different time zones). Elsewhere, Aatif has written about technology, science and politics for publications such as the The Independent, Trusted Reviews and Newsweek, but he focuses on streaming at Future, an arrangement that combines two of his greatest passions: sport and penny-pinching.