Emma Raducanu, Garbine Muguruza, and Belinda Bencic Amongst Others in Star-Studded Entry List for WTA Kremlin Cup 2021

Published 09/21/2021, 3:06 PM EDT
Sep 11, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Emma Raducanu of Great Britain celebrates after her match against Leylah Fernandez of Canada (not pictured) in the women’s singles final on day thirteen of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports


After the victorious three-week run which ended on a glorious note as she captured the US Open crown, British tennis prodigy Emma Raducanu is quite busy back home as she tries to soak up the reality of what she achieved a few days ago.

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Sep 11, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Emma Raducanu of Great Britain hits a forehand against Leylah Fernandez of Canada (not pictured) in the women’s singles final on day thirteen of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

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Raducanu might have to play qualifiers at Indian Wells

With several former players from Britain praising Raducanu for not bowing down to the pressures of the moment and remaining calm throughout the final against Leylah Fernandez, fans are eagerly waiting to see this youngster back in action on a tennis court again.

As we are just a few days away from the start of Indian Wells Masters, it’s evident that the Brit would want to take part in this huge event. Even though the US Open title gave a huge boost to her rankings, Indian Wells seeds will be based on the tournaments before the US Open.

Sep 11, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Leylah Fernandez of Canada (L)and Emma Raducanu of Great Britain (R) pose at the net prior to their match in the women’s singles final on day thirteen of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Due to this, Raducanu might have to play the qualifiers in order to make it to the main draw of BNP Paribas Open this year. However, there is a very high chance of her being awarded a wild card by the tournament organizers.

Either way, the current world no.23 will most likely be playing the marquee event in California. After the event gets over, the Brit can choose to play another 500 series event in Moscow.

Star-studded Kremlin Cup entry list includes Emma Raducanu, Garbine Muguruza, Belinda Bencic amongst others

The VTB Kremlin Cup starts from October 16th, where Raducanu’s name was present in the initial list of main draw entrants.

Along with Raducanu, several top players are present in the initial entry list. Garbine Muguruza, who is looking to make a huge impact towards the tail end of the season, might choose to go to Moscow depending on Indian Wells’ performance.

Winner of two Olympic medals in Tokyo recently, Belinda Bencic is also in the main draw. Bencic, who recently said that she will try her best to be in the race to WTA Finals, will look to grab those 500 points in Russia.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Women’s Singles – Medal Ceremony – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – July 31, 2021. Gold medallist Belinda Bencic of Switzerland celebrates on the podium REUTERS/Yara Nardi

The Kremlin Cup was cancelled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2019, Bencic won the women’s singles event by defeating Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the finals.

Besides Bencic and Muguruza, other seeds include Maria Sakkari, Angelique Kerber, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Elena Rybakina, Ons Jabeur, and Elise Mertens. 2019 US Open winner Bianca Andreescu’s name was also present in the initial acceptance list.

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With the likes of aforementioned top stars, there is scope for players like Danielle Collins and Daria Kasatikina to make their mark in the Kremlin Cup this year.

The only disadvantage for the event is that it starts immediately after Indian Wells and due to this, there might be a few player withdrawals from the current entry list.

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Sagar Ashtakoula

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Sagar Ashtakoula is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Having developed an interest in creating content, he mixed his passion for writing with his love for tennis for 2 years at SportsKeeda before joining the tennis team at EssentiallySports.

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