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Australian Open 2024: How to watch Aryna Sabalenka vs. Coco Gauff in the semifinals tonight

Coco Gauff of the U.S. plays a forehand return to Marta Kostyuk of Ukraine during their quarterfinal match at the Australian Open tennis championships at Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2024. (AP Photo/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake)
Coco Gauff will face Aryna Sabalenka tonight during the Australian Open semifinals. (AP Photo/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake)

The 2024 Australian Open is in full swing in Melbourne Park, Australia. Tonight, Coco Gauff and Aryna Sabalenka meet in Rod Laver Arena for the semifinals. No. 2 Sabalenka and No. 4 Gauff last faced off in the 2023 US Open final, when Gauff defeated the reigning Australian Open champion 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 to win the first major of her career. Sabalenka will be looking to retain her Australian Open title, and after her US Open loss, could be out for revenge.

Are you ready to watch the Australian Open semifinals? Get ready to 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 Sabalenka vs. Gauff tonight at the Australian Open:

Date: Thursday, Jan. 25, 2024

Time: 3:30 a.m. ET

Game: Australian Open semifinals

TV channel: ESPN

Streaming: ESPN+

When is Coco Gauff's next match?

Coco Gauff faces Aryna Sabalenka in the Australian Open semifinals tonight at 3:30 a.m. ET/12:30 a.m. PT.

What channel is the Sabalenka vs. Gauff match on?

The Sabalenka vs. Gauff match will air on ESPN and stream live on ESPN+. The match will re-air at 12 p.m. ET on Thursday, Jan. 25, on ESPN2.

In the US, coverage of the Australian Open is airing across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3 and ABC. The Tennis Channel is also broadcasting daily highlights, analysis and replays.

How to watch the 2024 Australian Open without cable:

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.

$10.99/month at ESPN

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.

$26 for your first month at Sling

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.

$76/month at Hulu

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.

Try free at Fubo

How to watch the Australian Open for free:

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.

$7 at ExpressVPN

Australian Open 2024 Schedule

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.

Thursday, Jan. 25

Women’s semifinals

Friday, Jan. 26

Men’s semifinals

Saturday, Jan. 27

Women’s final, men’s doubles final

Sunday, Jan. 28

Men’s final, women’s doubles final