WTA MOSCOW - DRAW: Sharapova is the star as Kuznetsova withdraws

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WTA MOSCOW - DRAW: Sharapova is the star as Kuznetsova withdraws

Happy and bad news for the Russian event, that won't feature the defending champion Svetlana Kuznetsova and Johanna Konta, who are respectively dealing with a left wrist and left foot injuries. The happy news is that Maria Sharapova will make her fourth appearance there, the first one since 2007.

The Russain player, who achieved her best result here in 2005 reaching quarter-finals, accepted a wild card from organizers. She will play her first match against the Wimbledon defending semifinalist Magdalena Rybarikova. In the second round, Sharapova would face one between her compatriot Ekaterina Makarova, beaten by Maria in Beijing in three sets, or Alizè Cornet.

In the quarter-finals, the five-time Grand Slam champion would meet another Russian, Elena Vesnina, while Coco Vandeweghe or Julia Goerges in the semifinals. The French Kristina Mladenovic leads the field. The World No. 13, who withdrew from Hong Kong, is looking to win her first match since early August and will start her campaign against Aliaksandra Sasnovich or Timea Babos. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Anastasija Sevastova and Hong Kong finalist Daria Gavrilova are in the main draw as well.


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