Serena Williams vs Margarita Gasparyan live stream: how to watch US Open tennis today

Serena Williams continues her pursuit of an elusive 24th Grand Slam singles title in Flushing Meadows tonight in second-round of the 2020 US Open. The next step in her quest to match Margaret Court's all-time record is a match against powerful Russian Margarita Gasparyan, in what promises to be an entertainment encounter at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Follow our guide to watch a Williams vs Gasparyan live stream and catch all the 2020 US Open tennis online from anywhere this Thursday.

Williams vs Gasparyan: US Open live stream

Williams vs Gasparyan is being played at Arthur Ashe Stadium, the US Open's biggest stage, and is the first of today's night session matches, with play set to get under way at around 7pm ET/4pm PT/12am BST. Full live streaming and TV channel details for the match are below - and you can watch your preferred coverage from anywhere with this 100% risk-free ExpressVPN trial.

The omens are looking good for the 38-year-old American tennis legend and this year's no. 3 seed - top-seeded Karolina Pliskova having crashed out yesterday. But the weight of winning that record-equalling 24th Grand Slam could yet prove an obstacle - the last singles Slam won by Serena now incredibly as far back as January 2017 and that year's Australian Open.

She looked fairly comfortable in her victory over fellow American Kristie Ahn in straight sets on Tuesday, but there were moments of uncertainty, too, in what was an efficient if not vintage performance by her high standards. 

Needless to say Williams is the heavy favorite over Gasparyan - the world no. 117 having progressed to the second round at the expense of Monica Puig - and has triumphed in their previous two encounters. In fact, Serena has yet to lose a set to Margarita, with their last meeting coming at the Australian Open four years ago.

But, as US Open favorite Pliskova found out yesterday, you underestimate your opponent at your own peril and anything could happen today. Read on as we explain how to watch Serena Williams vs Margarita Gasparyan online today and get a US Open live stream wherever you are in the world this Thursday.

How to watch a US Open live stream from outside your country

For broadcast and streaming details in tennis-mad countries like the US, UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand, just scroll down the page - everything you need to know is there.

But if you try to watch your domestic coverage from somewhere outside your home country, you'll soon find a problem in geo-blocking. That's where the broadcaster prevents you from watching your usual feed from abroad. It's a common problem for sports fans all over the world - but there's a surprisingly easy solution.

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How to watch US Open tennis and get a Williams vs Gasparyan live stream in the UK

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Amazon again has the rights to broadcast the US Open tennis in the UK, so Amazon Prime members can live stream all the action at no additional cost.

Williams vs Gasparyan is scheduled to start at 12am BST on Thursday night/Friday morning.

If you want to stream the tennis from your phone or tablet, the Amazon Prime Video app is available for Android via Google Play and Apple devices via the App Store.

Amazon Prime membership costs £79 per year or £7.99 per month, which can be cancelled at any time. The subscription will get you access to Amazon's library of TV shows and films as well as unlimited one-day delivery on Amazon orders from the UK.

New users can sign up for a FREE 30-day Amazon Prime trial with full access to live sports coverage as well as free one-day delivery on purchases from Amazon's online store during that time.

Not in the UK but still want to watch the tennis on your Prime account? Your best option is to download and install a VPN and then log in to a UK IP address.

How to watch Serena Williams vs Margarita Gasparyan: live stream US Open tennis in America

In the US, coverage from Flushing Meadows comes courtesy of ESPN and ESPN 2 - today's evening session from Arthur Ashe Stadium is being covered by ESPN, and Williams vs Gasparyan is scheduled for a 7pm ET/4pm PT start.

As ESPN is a cable channel, this means you'll need to be a subscriber to watch Serena Williams vs Margarita Gasparyan online - or have a good over-the-top streaming service to call on.

Of the many and varied options, the best for tennis fans wanting to watch a US Open live stream is Sling TV, whose Sling Orange package features ESPN channels for just $30 a month. That's much less than the competition and WAY less than cable!

Best of all, Sling offers a FREE trial period so you can get a free tennis live stream for some of the tournament and check out the service for yourself.

New or existing subscribers to US streaming services can still access the platform of their choice from abroad, too - all you need is the help of a good VPN.

Williams vs Gasparyan live stream: how to watch today's US Open tennis online in Canada

In Canada, you can watch the US Open on English-language TSN or French-language RDS - but again, they're premium channels that typically come with a pay TV package.

If you get them as part of your cable deal, then you'll just be able to log in with the details of your provider and get access to a US Open live stream. As in the US, Williams vs Gasparyan starts at 7pm ET/4pm MT (Pacific time).

If you don't have cable, then you can subscribe to TSN or RDS on a streaming-only basis from just CA$4.99 a day or (much better value) $19.99 a month.

And if you decide to subscribe or already have, remember you can take your favorite sports streaming service with you wherever you go - just try the No. 1 VPN around 100% risk-free for 30-days and follow the instructions above.

How to live stream the US Open 2020 and watch tennis online in Australia

To watch the US Open, all you really need to know is that ESPN has the rights to live stream tennis in Australia and will be broadcasting the 2020 tournament. 

The channel is available on pay TV courtesy of Foxtel and the action generally starts Down Under at 2am AEST each day, though the Thursday evening session at Arthur Ashe Stadium starts at 9am on Friday Australia time, which is when Williams vs Gasparyan will get underway.

This is actually great news for cord cutters, as Aussie streaming service Kayo Sports includes ESPN coverage in its packages. A Kayo Sports Basic Package costs $25 per month and allows users to stream across two devices simultaneously, while a Kayo Sports Premium Package provides three concurrent streams for $35 per month.

Needless to say, this makes it super-affordable if you share with friends, family or fellow tennis fans - plus Kayo offers a FREE trial period so you can watch some of the event for free this August.

Better still, free-to-air SBS Viceland will also get in on the action from Wednesday, September 9, which is when play switches to a 2am start. This means that Aussie viewers can make use of the free SBS On Demand streaming service to tune in.

If you're away from Australia at the moment, you'll need to go down the VPN route as set out above.

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