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The 2024 Australian Open is in full swing in Melbourne Park, Australia. Tonight, Qinwen Zheng and Aryna Sabalenka meet in Rod Laver Arena for the grand slam final. Defending Australian Open champ and No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka advanced to her second consecutive final after beating No. 4 Coco Gauff in the semifinals. This will be No. 12 Qinwen Zheng's first major final. The last time the pair faced off was in the 2023 US Open quarterfinals, where Sabalenka was victorious. Are you ready to watch the Australian Open final? Set your alarm, because for US viewers, tonight's match starts at 3:30 a.m. ET/12:30 am PT. Here’s everything you need to know about tuning into tonight's tennis tournament, including where to stream the Australian Open, how to watch matches for free and more.
How to watch Qinwen Zheng vs. Aryna Sabalenka tonight at the Australian Open:
On top of airing on ESPN, this year's Australian Grand Slam will stream live on ESPN+, so if you don't want to pay for a pricey cable or streaming package that includes ESPN, this is a budget-friendly alternative. An ESPN+ subscription grants you access to exclusive ESPN+ content including live events such as UFC Fight Night and F1 races, fantasy sports tools and premium ESPN+ articles. You can stream ESPN+ through an app on your smart TV, phone, tablet, computer and on ESPN.com.
Starting at just $26 for your first month, Sling TV's Orange + Sports Extra add-on package offers the Tennis Channel, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN3, as well as NBA TV, NHL Network and more. While Sling Orange doesn't include access to your local ABC affiliate, a TV antenna may help fill that gap for you. A Sling subscription also includes 50 hours of free DVR storage, so if you’re worried about missing any of the Grand Slam action, you can always record your games.
Hulu’s live TV tier includes access to live TV channels, ESPN+ and ad-supported Disney+, meaning you can watch the Australian Open across almost every channel airing coverage in the US, plus tune in via ESPN+ — and enjoy over 75 other channels. You’ll also enjoy access to unlimited DVR storage.
Fubo TV’s Elite tier gives you access to the Tennis Channel and ESPN, plus ABC, NBC, ESPN2, CBS, NBA TV, Ion and 200+ more live channels. At $85 per month, the live TV streaming service is the priciest option on this list, but it still leaves you with major savings compared with a traditional cable package. Fubo subscribers also get 1,000 hours of cloud DVR storage. The platform offers a free trial.
While ESPN is a pricey cable channel, Australian Open coverage will air free on Channel 9 and stream free in Australia on 9Now. If you're based in the US, you can still access free Australian Open coverage with the help of a VPN.
ExpressVPN offers "internet without borders," meaning you can tune into Australian Open matches totally free on 9Now, Channel 9's streaming platform, as opposed to paying for ESPN or ESPN+ for US coverage of the tennis tournament. All you'll need to do is sign up for ExpressVPN, change your server location to Australia, and tune into 9Now's live streaming coverage of every match in full HD.
ExpressVPN’s added protection, speed and range of location options make it an excellent choice for first-time VPN users looking to stretch their streaming abilities. The service has servers in 94 countries including Australia, and it's easy to use with an app available on all major devices including iPhone, Android, Windows, Mac, Apple smart TVs and Amazon Fire streaming sticks. Plus, it's Engadget's top pick for the best streaming VPN. New users can save 49% when they sign up for ExpressVPN’s 12-month subscription. Plus, the service offers a 30-day money-back guarantee in case you're nervous about trying a VPN for the first time.
Due to the time difference, the Australian Open schedule is a bit wonky for US viewers. For American audiences, day matches start at 7 p.m. ET the night before, with more matches rolling in at 8 p.m. ET, 9 p.m ET or later and 11 p.m. ET or later. Night sessions start at 3 a.m. ET.
A Chinese makeup artist has gone viral on Chinese social media for her sorcerous skills in making people look significantly younger than their real age. About the artist: Based in Yunnan province, Tuzi owns and runs Starlight Rabbit Portrait Studio, which offers makeup services for 399 yuan ($55) and photoshoot packages from 699 to 2,888 yuan ($97 to $401). Other transformations: Tuzi has featured other Chinese celebrities and social media stars on her channel, including 37-year-old actor Yang Di, who was turned into a “boy band” member, and 72-year-old internet celebrity Grandma Tian, who transformed into a gothic-style doll.
Meet Kotone Ugamochi, a 10-year-old Japanese girl who invented an easy-to-apply adhesive bandage that leaves a pain-free experience with its innovative design. How it started: The idea to create a one-side adhesive bandage came to Ugamochi, a student at Egakawa Elementary School in Yuki City, Ibaraki Prefecture, when she noticed a cut on her finger sometime in 2021, she told the Asahi Shimbun.
A Chinese American passenger is suing United Airlines, claiming he was discriminated against by a flight attendant. A passenger’s legal demands: Yubo Miao, a 64-year-old U.S. citizen of Chinese descent, is demanding $100,000 in damages from the carrier, citing racial discrimination and retaliation after a lunchbox dispute led to his removal from a flight and temporary ban, reported PYOK. Behind the lawsuit: Miao alleged in a civil complaint he filed last week that he was subjected to verbal abuse and false accusations of physical contact by a flight attendant while he was aboard flight UA2683 from Chicago to San Diego on June 1, 2023.
The White House on Friday said the U.S. government was taking seriously an internal watchdog report that the U.S. ambassador to Singapore threatened his staff and failed to submit about $48,000 in travel expenses on time or with proper documentation. Ambassador Jonathan Kaplan, a political appointee, had poor relations with some Singaporean ministries and was often unprepared on issues, the State Department's Office of Inspector General (OIG) said in a report. "OIG found the ambassador did not model integrity, plan strategically, collaborate, or communicate," it said, urging the State Department to assess his leadership and management and, if appropriate, "take corrective action."
Rihanna’s performance for the private pre-wedding bash of billionaire Mukesh Ambani’s son left everyone without an invite green with envy. Rihanna appeared on stage in India on Friday night for her first big live performance since her 2023 Super Bowl set. Footage of her singing rare fan favorites — including 2012’s “Stay,” her career-launching “Umbrella” …