A tournament which quickly escalated from a simple ITF event back in 2003 to a WTA Premier event in 2016 will take place in the beautiful city of Saint Petersburg, in Russia. You can watch WTA St Petersburg live online (see below).
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Will Kvitova defend her 2018 title?
Petra Kvitova, who recently lost the Australian Open final, will be back in St Petersburg and will try to defend her title. However, after after a tiring tournament in Australia, she might not be able to do so. The draw doesn’t look too good for her, also. She will play in the second round against Mladenovic or Azarenka, which is, for sure, not an easy match.
There are also more interesting matches in the draw. Maria Sharapova will play against Kiki Bertens in the second round. Also at the bottom half we find Jelena Ostapenko and Aryna Sabalenka, who are scheduled to play against Bertens or Sharapova in the quarterfinals.
The top half, led by Petra Kvitova, is a bit easier, with players like Siniakova, Kasatkina or Julia Gorges. Simona Halep will not participate at this year’s edition.
This tournament is a good chance for players like Ostapenko, Sharapova or Azarenka to get back into form. Although Maria Sharapova played well in Melbourne, she is still far away from the form she used to have. Same goes for Victoria Azarenka, once the dominant player in the WTA tour, and, overall, a great tennis player. Jelena Ostapenko is still in the shadow of her stunning Roland Garros win in 2017 and she needs more trophies.
The top seeds for the WTA St Petersburg 2019 are:
- Petra Kvitova
- Kiki Bertens
- Daria Kasatkina
- Aryna Sabalenka
- Julia Gorges
- Jelena Ostapenko
- Dominika Cibulkova
- Donna Vekic
Players who received wildcard: Victoria Azarenka, Vera Zvonareva, Ekaterina Makarova and the young Olga Danilovic.
Prize Money Breakdown
The total prize money for the 2019 edition stands at $823,000, which is within the normal prize money for a WTA Premier event. The winner will get $132,740, the finalist $70,880, the semifinalists will each earn $37,850. First round players will receive $6,925, second round $10,915 and the quarterfinalists will get $20,350.
The tournament looks interesting, as the top seed is also a fresh Grand Slam finalist. If we look from this perspective, four players in the main draw have won Grand Slam titles in their career, which makes the tournament a pretty strong one.