If you thought Emma Raducanu's comeback was special, her second-round opponent, Wang Yafan, lost the first nine games of her opener before clinching victory. The Raducanu vs Wang clash is third up on 1573 Arena on Day 5 of the tournament.
You can live stream the Australia Open for FREE on Australia's 9Now service. And don't worry if you're away from home — you can watch Raducanu vs Wang live streams from anywhere with a VPN.
The Raducanu vs Wang live stream takes place on Wednesday, January 17.
► Time (approx): 10:30 p.m. ET / 7:30 p.m. PT / 3:30 a.m. GMT (Jan. 18) / 2:30 p.m. AEDT (Jan. 18)
• FREE — 9Now (Australia)
• U.S. — ESPN via SlingTV and ESPN Plus
• U.K. — Eurosport via Sky or Discovery Plus
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If you're not familiar with Wang's game, it's because she's never made it past the second round of a major. The temptation to down tools must have been strong after getting off to such an awful start against No.22 seed Sorana Cirstea on Tuesday, but against all odds Wang gathered her bearings to spark a near-miraculous recovery.
At 0-6 0-3 the watching crowd had thinned to a wisp, but by the time Wang raised her arms in celebration fans were spilling out onto the concourse, scarcely able to process what they'd just seen. If she can take that fighting spirit to Raducanu, the 21-year-old will have a match on her hands.
The Brit sailed through her first-round clash, needing little more than an hour to swat aside Shelby Rogers, but the American was playing her first match in six months, and ring-rusty. Thursday's tie should provide a much sterner test of Raducanu's fitness and form.
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FREE Raducanu vs Wang live streams
How to watch Raducanu vs Wang live streams for FREE in 2024
If you're lucky enough to live in Australia then you can look forward to FREE Raducanu vs Wang live streams.
That's because the free-to-air Channel Nine and its 9Now streaming service have the rights to the action and will be showing wall-to-wall coverage of the tournament.
But what if you're usually based in Australia but aren't at home for the Raducanu vs Wang live stream? Maybe you're on holiday and don't want to spend money on pay TV in another country when you'd usually be able to watch for free at home?
Don't worry — you can watch it via a VPN instead. We'll show you how to do that below.
Raducanu vs Wang live streams around the world
How to watch Raducanu vs Wang live streams from anywhere with a VPN
A VPN, or virtual private network, makes it look as if you're surfing the web from your home country, rather than the one you're in. That means you can access the streaming services you already pay for, from anywhere on Earth. Or anywhere that has an internet connection, at least.
For instance, an Australian who's currently in the U.S. could watch the Raducanu vs Wang live streams on 9Now, even though they're not in Australia.
They're totally legal, inexpensive and easy to use. We've tested lots of the best VPN services and our favorite right now is ExpressVPN. It's fast, works on loads of devices and even offers a 30-day money-back guarantee.
Using a VPN is incredibly simple.
1. Install the VPN of your choice. As we've said, ExpressVPN is our favorite.
2. Choose the location you wish to connect to in the VPN app. For instance if you're in the U.S. and want to view an Australian service, you'd select Australia from the list.
3. Sit back and enjoy the action. Head to 9Now and watch the tennis.
How to watch Raducanu vs Wang live streams in the U.S.
Tennis fans in the U.S. will need ESPN to watch Raducanu vs Wang live streams. The cable brand will have extensive coverage from Melbourne Park on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3 and the Tennis Channel.
Our pick of these would be Sling TV. The Sling Orange package starts at just $40 per month and comes with more than 30 channels including ESPN.
Fubo, meanwhile, costs $79.99 per month for 121 channels and includes ESPN. It offers a 7-day free trial.
And remember, if you're usually based in the U.S. but aren't there at the moment, you can still watch the services you already subscribe to via a VPN such as ExpressVPN.
How to watch the Raducanu vs Wang live streams in the U.K.
British tennis lovers will be able to watch the Raducanu vs Wang live streams on Eurosport, which is available through Sky TV or Discovery Plus.
Eurosport comes with a Sky TV package, starting at £26 per month. Subscribers can also stream online via the Eurosport website and Eurosport app.
If you don't want to shell out for a full Sky subscription, you could also consider its Now Sports streaming service. This gives you 24-hour access for £11.98 or month-long access for £34.99.
If your cable TV comes from Virgin Media, meanwhile, Eurosport is included in your regular subscription.
Or you can get Eurosport coverage via Discovery Plus for £5.99 per month.
Going on holiday? Sign up to ExpressVPN or another VPN service and you'll be able to use the services you already subscribe to.
How to watch the Raducanu vs Wang live streams in Canada
Canadians can catch all the Australian Open action on TSN (in English) or RSN (in French), as part of a cable TV package. If you've cut the cord, a streaming subscription to TSN Plus starts at CA$8 per month.
Not at home right now? Use ExpressVPN or another VPN service to trick your device into thinking you're still in Canada.
How to watch the Raducanu vs Wang live streams in Australia
Aussies can watch the Australian Open unfold on Channel Nine and 9Gem. Their schedules are very fluid, so if big matches like Raducanu vs Wang don't air on TV, you'll be able to live stream them on the on-demand service 9Now. That's great news because 9Now is available for free; all you need is an Australian postcode.
Those lucky tennis fans Down Under also have a pay-TV option to watch comprehensive coverage of every court at the tournament, plus a number of other sports, ad-free on Stan Sport.
A subscription costs $10 per month (on top of a $15 Stan sub), after a 30-day Stan Sport FREE trial.
Remember, Aussies who aren't in the country right now will simply need to sign up to a VPN such as ExpressVPN in order to watch all the action as if they were back home.
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Aatif is a freelance journalist and copywriter based in the UK. He’s written about technology, sport and politics for a wide range of publications including TechRadar, What Hi-Fi?, The Independent, Trusted Reviews, and Newsweek. These days, he focuses mainly on streaming at Future, an arrangement that combines two of his greatest passions: live TV and penny-pinching. When he's not attending a top-flight English soccer match, you can find him perfecting his table tennis skills.