St. Petersburg Ladies’ Trophy is an international tennis tournament on the WTA Tour, played in St. Petersburg, Russia every year. And you can get all the latest WTA St. Petersburg Tips, Predictions & Odds details below.
The 2018 St. Petersburg Ladies’ Trophy will be played from January 29 in Sibur Arena, St. Petersburg.
The defending champion is the young Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic, who defeated the Kazakh Yulia Putintseva in the final. Mladenovic’s run in the tournament began as an unseeded player who moved on to face the likes of Venus Williams and Roberta Vinci, in straight sets.
This was undoubtedly among one of the best performances by Mladenovic in the 2017 season, whose next best run in the year came in Madrid Masters, where she was the runner-up after losing to Simona Halep.
Speaking of Halep, she too participated in the WTA ST. Petersburg, but withdrew in the quarterfinal owing to injury. She enjoyed a bye into the second round and looked prime to win the tournament before succumbing to health issues.
Nonetheless, in the course of the year, she became the World No. 2 after a couple of breathtaking runs in Grand Slams and Premier 5 events.
In addition to her, Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia too played here as the second seed but lost in the semifinal to Putintseva.
The native of St. Petersburg, Svetlana Kuznetsova, who is a top 10 player, also played in the tournament. The Sibur Arena echoed with cheers for her, everytime she was on the court.
However, call it her bad form or Putintseva’s unyielding nature, like the others, she too lost to the Kazakh in the quarterfinal. Some of the other Russian players who made an appearance here were Daria Kasatkina and Natalia Vikhlyantseva, wherein the latter made it to the semifinal after benefitting from Halep’s withdrawal.
In the 2017 edition of the tournament, we got to see so many terrific tennis players. In the 2018 WTA St. Petersburg, it is likely that we will see Kuznetsova back in action, along with Mladenovic who will be doing her best to defend the title. We can also expect Maria Sharapova to play here next season, given that she is back on the tour.
Maybe, playing on her home turf may bolster her confidence and propel her back on the path to glory.
Latest WTA St. Petersburg tips will be updated below closer to the start of the competition.