By Britwatch Team
- Top Seeds: Svetlana Kuznetsova, Dominika Cibulkova, Carla Suárez Navarro, Elina Svitolina
- Defending Champion: Svetlana Kuznetsova
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MOSCOW, RUSSIA – With one more week to count for the final line-up in the Road to Singapore, some of the top names make their final push for the WTA Finals.
Draw & Results
|Order of Play|
Top Quarter – Svetlana Kuznetsova, Elena Vesnina
Kuznetsova will be happy for the bye, stuck in a rain-disrupted Tianjin with the semi-finals carried over to finals day, but with the Russian still in with an outside chance of making Singapore, it will be all to play for.
She has had quite a successful Asian swing, with the semi-final in Wuhan as well, but keep an eye out for Kristina Mladenovic in the other half of this bracket – she is in to the Hong Kong final, and could fancy her chances – Vesnina has not had a great hard court summer after her run to the semi-finals at Wimbledon – the fifth seeds could be ripe for the upset.
Second Quarter – Elina Svitolina, Barbora Strycova
The Ukrainian has stayed pretty consistent as the close of the season beckons – and she has scalped a couple of greats in the process, first ending Serena Williams’ hopes of defending her Olympic title in Rio, and then downing new World No. 1 Angelique Kerber in Beijing on her way to the semi-final.
Also looking to finish her season on a high, Strycova enjoyed a run to the Wuhan quarter-finals and looks set to make the Zhuhai WTA Elite Trophy field, following the WTA Finals. With both due to battle at the second tier finals, Strycova looks to have a dream section starting with a qualifier, and although slated to meet Anastasija Sevastova in the second round, the Latvian has yet to get a back to back win since her run to the quarter-finals of the US Open.
Third Quarter – Daria Kasatkina, Carla Suárez Navarro
It is a quick turn around for the Spaniard after a brutal semi-final against another Road to Singapore hopeful (now almost certainty) Dominika Cibulkova, She will hope to get off to a decent start in a field where she should make up ground to stay in contention as an alternate.
Kasatkina hit a career high this year, but had a disappointing summer after reaching the quarter-final of the Olympics. Things turned around for her a little in Wuhan as she pushed through a couple of rounds of qualifying and reached the third round, but bounced out in the first round of Linz. She will start against Belinda Bencic who is just looking to try and get some matches under her belt after a year beset with injuries.
Bottom Quarter – Dominika Cibulkova, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
Talk about a race to the finish. Cibulkova had to reach at least the final of Linz to overtake Britain’s Johanna Konta, whose withdrawal in Hong Kong with an abdominal injury may rule her out of the season ending finale anyway.
Cibulkova has some tough opposition on her way to the quarter-finals with either Daria Gavrilova or Lucie Safarova up first, both of whom she has a winning record against, with some potential fireworks to come from the other section with Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova perhaps hoping that a resurgent Jelena Jankovic can dispatch Jelena Ostapenko ahead of her path to the quarters.
The Kremlin Cup takes place between 17-23 October.
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