The end of the season is closer than ever with the Asian tennis season almost wrapped up. The season’s closing stages will take place in Europe, where the players will make one last push to end the year on a high. The WTA Kremlin Cup will take place in Moscow, Russia from October 14-20.
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Kremlin Cup Presents Final Chance to Rake Up Points
The WTA Kremlin Cup is Russia’s first ever international tennis tournament, established in 1996. The event falls under the “Premier” category of the WTA World Tour, meaning it will offer up 470 WTA points to the winner. This gives the event a higher importance than usual with WTA points at a premium right now.
The Race to Shiseido for the WTA Tour Finals is heating up, with just two spots now remaining. Four players are still in line to qualify for the year-end event, and this will make the tournament quite an exciting watch.
The Kremlin Cup will take place between 14-20 October in Moscow. The event has confirmed the participation of Elina Svitolina and Kiki Bertens.
Both of these players are fighting to secure their spots in the WTA Finals. Belinda Bencic, who is also still in contention for a top eight spot has been given a wildcard entry into the main-draw. Serena Williams, the fourth and last player left in contention, has already ended her season prematurely like last year.
Other players who have confirmed they will play in the tournament include Johanna Konta, Anastasija Sevastova, Donna Vekic, Anett Kontaveit among others. Last years champion, Daria Kasatkina, too has confirmed she will be back to defend her title in front of her home-crowd.
A Battle In Moscow For The Final Two Spots
The Kremlin Cup, along with the Luxembourg Open will both be taking place from 14 October to 20 October. They present the players with a final opportunity to secure enough WTA points to qualify for Shenzhen. It will make for a fantastic week, with three of the four players in line for qualification, playing in Moscow. They will be looking at each other and hoping to be the one to proceed the farthest in the event.
The Kremlin Cup, historically, has been dominated by Russian players. Just last year it was won by Russian Kasatkina, but Svitolina, Bencic and Bertens will each be hoping to lift the trophy themselves this time around. Former two-time champion of the Moscow event and a two-time Grand Slam winner Svetlana Kuznetsova has been handed the other wildcard.
Former Russian player Elena Dementieva too had some bright words to say about the event. The 2007 champion and 2008 Beijing Olympics Gold winner said, “It is a serious number, I can’t even really believe that the tournament is already 30 years old. This tournament is special, it is loved, it feels cozy there and for a long time it was the only tournament in Russia.”