So far, the Australian Open women’s singles tournament has been full of action, and that is set to continue. On January 30 (January 29 in some parts of the globe) at 3:30 pm AEDT (4:30 am GMT / 11:30 pm EST), currently unseeded Garbine Muguruza will take on world number four Simona Halep in the second women’s singles semi-final match. Can’t make it to Australia in time? Not to worry. We’ll reveal how you can live stream Halep vs Muguruza abroad from anywhere using a VPN.
Note that we only recommend licensed streams as unlicensed broadcasts come with various issues. They usually provide poor-quality video and might be taken offline before the match is over. With free licensed options accessible to users across the globe, there’s no need to resort to unlicensed streams.
Streaming services airing this match are typically geo-restricted. So, to access your usual home services while traveling abroad, you’ll need to use a VPN.
How to watch Halep vs Muguruza abroad with a VPN for free
Many streaming services block content based on your location, which they find out using your IP address. When you connect to a Virtual Private Network (VPN), all of your internet traffic is encrypted and sent through an intermediary server in a location of your choice. Your IP address is replaced with one from that server, so streaming sites will think you’re located in that country and allow you access. Getting started with a VPN is really simple. Below is a quick step-by-step guide.
How to live stream Halep vs Muguruza online free, from anywhere:
- Choose a suitable VPN provider and submit your payment. Our top recommendation is ExpressVPN, but CyberGhost and NordVPN are two solid alternatives that offer value for money.
- Download the appropriate app for your device.
- Install and launch the app and log in.
- Select a server in your streaming source region. For example, to watch 9Now, you need to connect to a server in Australia.
- Navigate to the match stream and root for your favorite player!
The setup should be straightforward, but in case you run into issues, it’s a good idea to test the stream well before the match starts.
How to live stream Halep vs Muguruza for free on Australian TV
In Australia, Channel Nine is showing all Australian Open matches. To view online, you can access live streams on 9Now. This platform is free, but you’ll need to create an account before you can watch anything. Note that you’ll be asked to enter an Australian postal code, but any one will work.
9Now imposes geo-restriction measures, so you can only view content if you have an Australian IP address. If you’re traveling outside the country, you can spoof your location by connecting to an Australian VPN server.
Don’t have a VPN yet? ExpressVPN is extremely fast and reliable and unblocks restricted content with ease. Plus, plans come with a 30-day no-fuss money-back guarantee. This means you can use ExpressVPN to live stream the remainder of the Australian Open tournament and then get a full refund.
Where else can I watch Halep vs Muguruza online?
The Australian Open tournament is popular with viewers all over the world and will be broadcast in many countries. Here are some of the places you can watch.
In the US, ESPN has the rights to broadcast the Australian Open matches, including Halep vs Muguruza. Viewers can watch online via ESPN+ or through the ESPN mobile application. If you have ESPN included in your cable package, simply log in with your regular cable credentials.
If not, you can view ESPN content via several over-the-top services, including Sling TV, Hulu with Live TV, and YouTube TV, some of which offer free trial periods. Another option is to buy ESPN as a standalone service. This costs $5 monthly or $50 annually and requires a US payment method.
The Tennis Channel also has coverage of this match. If you subscribe to this channel, you can watch live online using your cable provider credentials.
The above services are only available in the US, but you can access them from abroad with a VPN.
If you’re in Canada, your options for watching Halep vs Muguruza and other Australian Open matches are TSN (English commentary) and RDS (French commentary). Online streams are available for both via TSN Direct or RDS Direct, and each service has a mobile app for streaming on the go.
If these channels are included in your TV plan, you just use your cable provider username and password to log in and view online streams. Otherwise, there’s the option to purchase standalone plans. Passes cost $4.99 CAD per day or $19.99 CAD per month.
RDS and TSN are geo-restricted, so you’ll need a Canadian IP address to watch online. If you’re abroad during the Australian Open, connecting to a Canadian VPN server will do the trick.
Eurosport has rights to air the Australian Open in the UK, and will be showing the Halep vs Muguruza match on Eurosport 1. For live streams of the match, you can turn to Eurosport Player. This is accessible with your TV provider credentials if Eurosport is included in your package.
Eurosport Player is also available as a separate service, and costs £6.99 monthly or £39.99 annually. Live streams are only accessible in European countries, so depending on where you are, you may need a VPN to access.
Who is expected to win this match?
Romanian Simona Halep is currently ranked number four in the world. She is a consistent player and has been in the top ten since 2014. Halep has two Grand Slam titles but has yet to earn the Australian Open trophy.
Given that Spain’s Garbine Muguruza is currently unseeded, it may seem like this match is a done deal before it’s begun. However, Muguruza has enjoyed her fair share of glory in the past. She has been in and out of the top ten since 2015, and even enjoyed the number one spot for several weeks in 2017.
If you look at the odds, Halep remains the bookies’ favorite. However, Muguruza has won three of her five previous matches against Halep, so you just never know what could happen on the day.
See also: Live stream Australian Open online free
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