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US Open 2020: How to watch the women’s finals today without cable

Wimbledon was canceled and the French Open was postponed until the end of September, but the US Open got underway as originally scheduled, starting on the last Monday in August. Despite starting on time, this year’s tournament has been anything but normal. 

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There are no raucous New York crowds because matches are played without fans, numerous players have dropped out voluntarily and some that remained complained of the tournament’s chaotic response after Benoit Paire of France tested positive for COVID-19. And top-seeded Novak Djokovic was forced to default his fourth-round match after striking a line judge with a ball.

The tournament is now down to its final weekend and today Naomi Osaka and Victoria Azarenka meet in the women’s final. Each holds a pair of grand slam titles and each came through thrilling 3-set semifinal matches against American opponents to reach the championship. Osaka defeated Jennifer Brady — competing in her first Grand Slam semifinal — 7-6 (1), 3-6, 6-3 — and Azarenka came back against Serena Williams 1-6, 6-3, 6-3, denying the 39-year-old a chance at her 40th grand slam title.

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Sunday will be first time in six years that Djokovic, Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer won’t be competing in a US Open men’s championship. Instead Dominic Thiem will meet Alexander Zverev for the title.

Here’s everything you need to know to watch the tennis finals from Flushing, New York, without a cable subscription.

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Victoria Azarenka of Belarus defeated Serena Williams in the semifinals and will face Naomi Osaka of Japan in the finals today.


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What is the tournament schedule for the US Open finals?

Here are the matchups today and tomorrow:

Women’s Singles Final, Saturday Sept. 12:

  • Naomi Osaka vs. Victoria Azarenka at 4 p.m. ET (1 p.m. PT) on ESPN

Men’s Singles Final, Sunday Sept. 13:

  • Dominic Thiem vs. Alexander Zverev at 4 p.m. ET (1 p.m. PT) on ESPN

Earlier on Saturday and Sunday the wheelchair finals matches will also take place. Check out the US Open’s official site for schedules and results.

How can I watch the US Open on TV?

The finals will be broadcast on ESPN. You can livestream the tournament on WatchESPN.com or via the ESPN app, but you will need to prove you have a TV subscription that includes ESPN. If you don’t have a cable or satellite TV subscription, you can use a live-TV streaming service to watch the matches live; all the services listed here offer ESPN.

All of the live TV streaming services above offer free trials, allow you to cancel anytime and require a solid internet connection. Looking for more information? Check out our massive streaming services guide.

Who’s not playing?

On the men’s side, two big names are missing from this year’s tournament. They have 39 Grand Slam singles titles between them, including a combined nine US Open titles. Defending champion Rafael Nadal dropped out, citing COVID-19 concerns, while Roger Federer is on the shelf for the rest of the year after undergoing two operations on his right knee. Nick Kyrgios, Kei Nishikori and Stan Wawrinka also skipped the tournament.

Benoit Paire, who tested positive, was seeded 17th in the men’s draw and withdrew prior to the start of the tournament.

On the women’s side, defending champion Bianca Andreescu withdrew from the tournament before it began, as did world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty and No. 2 Simona Halep. Like Nadal, all three cited coronavirus concerns.

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