Held just after all the mayhem of the first Grand Slam of the year at the Australian Open, some of the world’s best WTA stars will immediately be back in action at the 2020 St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy, live between February 10-16.
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World no. 5 Belinda Bencic, defending champion Kiki Bertens and former winner Petra Kvitova lead the field at the 2020 St Petersburg Ladies Trophy, the first Premier tournament of the season to be held on indoor hard courts.
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WTA ST. PETERSBURG TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
|Date – Time||Event Name||Location|
|10 Feb 2020 10:00||Round 1||Sibur Arena|
|11 Feb 2020 10:00||Round 1||Sibur Arena|
|12 Feb 2020 10:00||Round 2||Sibur Arena|
|13 Feb 2020 10:00||Round 2||Sibur Arena|
|14 Feb 2020 10:00||Quarter-Finals||Sibur Arena|
|15 Feb 2020 11:00||Semi-Finals||Sibur Arena|
|16 Feb 2020 13:30||Final||Sibur Arena|
WTA ST. PETERSBURG SEEDS 2020
|Seed||Ranking||Player||Previous best at WTA St Petersburg|
|1||5||Belinda Bencic||Runner-up (2016)|
|2||8||Kiki Bertens||Champion (2019)|
|3||11||Petra Kvitova||Champion (2018)|
|4||14||Johanna Konta||First appearance in 2020|
|5||17||Marketa Vondrousova||First appearance in 2020|
|6||21||Maria Sakkari||R1 (2018-19)|
|7||23||Donna Vekic||Runner-up (2019)|
|8||25||Elena Rybakina||QF (2018)|
WTA ST. PETERSBURG PLAYERS 2020
One of only two WTA Tour Premier-level events to be played on indoor hard courts, the St Petersburg Ladies Trophy always attracts a strong field and the 2020 edition is no exception, with top-10 players headlining the draw when the tournament takes place from 10-16 February.
Here are some of the top players appearing at WTA St Petersburg in 2020.
Bencic was the runner-up to Roberta Vinci in the St Petersburg Ladies’ Trophy inaugural edition as a Premier tournament in 2016, but has not won a main-draw match since.
The resurgent Swiss returns as the top seed and the world no. 5, however, as she looks to bounce back from an early Australian Open exit at the hands of Anett Kontaveit by taking a wildcard into St Petersburg. Bencic won the WTA’s other indoor hard-court Premier tournament in Moscow last autumn – can she make it a double?
Once thought of as a clay-court specialist, Kiki Bertens proved she could win on outdoor hard courts when she claimed the titles in Cincinnati and Seoul in 2018 and then extended her grasp to indoor hard courts when she beat Donna Vekic to win the 2019 St Petersburg Ladies Trophy.
World no. 8 Bertens comes into the tournament fresh from a tough weekend in Fed Cup, which saw her win both her singles matches against high-level opposition but narrowly lose the deciding doubles to the Belarusian pair of Aryna Sabalenka and Aliaksandra Sasnovich.
One of the WTA Tour’s finest players on indoor hard courts, two-time Wimbledon champion Kvitova won her first of five titles for the season in 2018 when she beat Kristina Mladenovic to claim the St Petersburg Ladies Trophy.
After reaching the Australian Open final in 2019, Kvitova’s title defense was ended by Donna Vekic in the quarterfinals but the Czech returns to St Petersburg in 2020 ready to contend for the title once more.
The fourth top-15 player in the St Petersburg Ladies Trophy draw, former world no. 4 Johanna Konta had her 2019 season – which saw her reach her third Grand Slam semifinal at the French Open – brought to a premature close by a knee injury after the US Open.
Konta comes into St Petersburg looking for her first victory of 2020 after defeats to Barbora Strycova and Ons Jabeur in Brisbane and Melbourne.
Vondrousova made a major career breakthrough in 2019 when she reached her maiden Grand Slam final at the French Open, only for a serious wrist injury to put paid to the rest of her season.
The 20-year-old is back in action at the start of 2020 however and has already made the quarterfinals of the Adelaide International. The world no. 17 won her solitary career title on hard courts in Biel/Bienne in 2017 – can she pick up another on the same surface in St Petersburg?
Croatia’s big-serving Donna Vekic put an end to Petra Kvitova’s title defense in 2019 and went on to make the final of the St Petersburg Ladies Trophy before losing to Bertens.
Vekic went on to make the final in Nottingham and reach her first Grand Slam quarterfinal at the US Open in 2019 and began 2020 by making the quarterfinals of the Adelaide International.
ABOUT WTA ST. PETERSBURG
Defending champion Kiki Bertens and world no. 5 Belinda Bencic head the field as the St Petersburg Ladies Trophy returns for its fifth edition as a Premier-level WTA Tour event in 2020.
After the hectic month of January concludes with the first Grand Slam of the year, the Australian Open, the tennis world takes a breath before the increasingly prominent hard-court events of late February and March across the Middle East and the USA – and the top stars of the WTA Tour make a brief return to the indoor hard courts of chilly Europe in early February for the St Petersburg Ladies Trophy.
Many of the WTA Tour’s leading players leap at the chance to compete in St Petersburg on the indoor hard courts of the Sibur Arena. Russia is the host nation for the only two WTA Premier-level events played on indoor hard courts, with the Kremlin Cup in October followed by the St Petersburg Ladies Trophy in February.
Russia has an immensely strong tradition of women’s tennis, with Anastasia Myskina, Elena Dementieva, Dinara Safina, Maria Sharapova and Svetlana Kuznetsova among the champions it has produced. The city of St Petersburg, which has a men’s event later in the year, hosted an ITF event for women every year since 2003 until the tournament was upgraded to a Premier-level WTA Tour event in 2016, replacing the BNP Paribas Fortis Diamond Games in Antwerp (which had in turn replaced the event formerly held in Paris).
The inaugural edition of the St Petersburg Ladies Trophy in 2016 featured a strong field with world no. 11 Belinda Bencic at the head of the draw which also featured 2015 US Open runner-up Roberta Vinci and former world no. 1s Caroline Wozniacki and Ana Ivanovic. The tournament was notable for a breakthrough performance from Daria Kasatkina, the Russian teenager who was fresh from reaching the third round of the Australian Open, as she made the semifinals with a win over the unseeded Cibulkova. Bencic, the Swiss teenager who had won the Rogers Cup in Toronto in stunning style in 2015, ended Kasatkina’s run to make the final but it was the veteran Vinci and her unique slice-heavy game who beat Ivanovic in the semifinals and defeated Bencic 6-4, 6-3 to become the first winner of the Premier-level St Petersburg event.
Back by popular acclaim in 2017 and following directly on from the Australian Open, the second edition of the St Petersburg Ladies Trophy boasted an even higher-quality field, with Halep, Venus Williams, Dominika Cibulkova and Svetlana Kuznetsova all taking the stage.
However, it was Kristina Mladenovic who rose through the field to win her first WTA Title. The Frenchwoman came within an inch of defending her title in 2018, but she was thwarted in the final by Petra Kvitova as the Czech won the first of her five WTA titles in the Russian city. Kiki Bertens is the defending champion after the Dutchwoman beat Donna Vekic in the 2019 final.
WTA ST. PETERSBURG TOURNAMENT INFORMATION
|WTA St. Petersburg||St Petersburg Ladies Trophy|
|Dates||February 10-16, 2020|
|Location||St. Petersburg, Russia|
|Reigning Singles Champion||Kiki Bertens|
|Reigning Doubles Champions||Ekaterina Makarova/Margarita Gasparyan|
FORMER WTA ST. PETERSBURG CHAMPIONS
Here is a complete list of players who have won the St Petersburg Ladies Trophy since it took on its current form in 2016.
Players still active in singles are given in bold.
|2016||Roberta Vinci||Belinda Bencic|
|2017||Kristina Mladenovic||Lesia Tsurenko|
|2018||Petra Kvitova||Kristina Mladenovic|
|2019||Kiki Bertens||Donna Vekic|
WTA ST. PETERSBURG RANKING POINTS
Here is a breakdown of the ranking points awarded by the WTA Tour for reaching various rounds at a Premier-level event like the St Petersburg Ladies Trophy, which features a 28-player draw.
|Round||Points (56-player draw)||Points (28-player draw)|
|Round of 16||55||55|
|Round of 32||30||1|
|Round of 64||1||–|