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Total prize money: $848,000
When: from February 10th to February 16th
Where: Sibur Arena in St. Petersburg, Russia
Surface: Hard (indoor)
With the WTA Tour returning to its regular schedule, the St. Petersburg Ladies’ Trophy is set to feature a solid list of entrants.
2020 record: 5-2, 0 titles
2020 prize money: $277,393
2019 St. Petersburg Ladies’ Trophy Result: Champion.
The 2019 St. Petersburg Ladies’ Trophy champion, Bertens returns to defend her title in 2020.
It’s been a solid year for the Dutch player.
Bertens faced strong competition in her two tournaments appearances.
She defeated Dayana Yatremska and Annett Kontaveit at the Brisbane International and was eliminated by Naomi Osaka in the quarterfinals.
Bertens then advanced to the round of 16 at the Australian Open, losing to eventual runner-up Garbine Muguruza.
After experiencing a breakthrough in 2018, Bertens continued her rise last year.
She won her first career Premier Masters title and broke into the top 5 as well.
With her strong form apparently being carried over into the early 2020 tournaments, Bertens has a very good shot at mounting a successful title defense.
2020 record: 7-2, 0 titles
2020 prize money: $445,326
2019 St. Petersburg Ladies’ Trophy Result: quarterfinals.
The top seed and defending champion in last year’s St. Petersburg Ladies’ Trophy, Kvitova fell to Donna Vekic in the quarterfinals.
The two-time major champion has made two appearances this year, making it to the semifinals in Brisbane and the quarterfinals at the Australian Open.
Kvitova is coming off another solid year, continuing her recovery following the 2017 stabbing.
The Czech player was the runner-up at the Australian Open, her first slam final since 2014.
As the most experienced player among this year’s seeded entrants, Kvitova will likely be in contention for another title.
2020 record: 4-3, 0 titles
2020 prize money: $165,556
2019 St. Petersburg Ladies’ Trophy Result: Runner-up.
Vekic reached the final of a Premier tournament for the first time in last year’s edition of the St. Petersburg Ladies’ Trophy.
While the Croatian player has not won a WTA Tour title since 2017, she is playing her best tennis at the moment.
The young star broke into the top 15 for the first time at the end of 2019, reaching her first major quarterfinal at the US Open.
Vekic has made three appearances this year.
Despite an upset in the first round at the Brisbane International, she made it to the quarterfinals in Adelaide and advanced to the third round at the Australian Open.
2020 record: 11-2, 1 title
2020 prize money: $269,272
2019 St. Petersburg Ladies’ Trophy Result: Did not participate.
It’s still early days and 2020 is already shaping up to be Rybakina’s breakout year.
She won her first WTA Tour title and also made it into the top 50 for the first time in 2019.
The young Kazakh player has made three appearances in 2020, reaching two finals and winning one title.
Her year began at the Shenzhen Open, which saw Rybakina finish runner-up to Ekaterina Alexandrova.
She then made it back-to-back finals at the Hobart International, this time lifting the trophy after beating Shuai Zhang in straight sets.
Rybakina also achieved a career-best result last month at the Australian Open, making it to the third round of a major tournament for the first time.
Considering her current form, Rybakina has the potential to go for another deep run this week and fight for another trophy.
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