The 24th edition of the VTB Kremlin Cup in Moscow will take place between October 14-20, gathering a rock-solid field of players that will fight for the title. Martina Hingis, Mary Pierce, Elena Dementieva, Jelena Jankovic, Victoria Azarenka, Caroline Wozniacki, Simona Halep and Svetlana Kuznetsova had all won the crown in Moscow and it should be an excellent battle for the trophy in 2019 as well, with four top-10 players confirmed so far.
After Petra Kvitova and Kiki Bertens, the organizers have confirmed Simona Halep and Elina Svitolina, making the draw even stronger and working on bringing more big names in the weeks to come. Alongside all the stars, the crowd would love to see Maria Sharapova in action but her participation in Moscow still lingers in the air, not making the final decision about playing the home event or not.
Sharapova played in Moscow for the first time at the age of 18 in 2005 as world no. 1, losing in the quarter-final and again a year later, suffering an even earlier loss in 2007 to Victoria Azarenka and not returning to the Russian capital until 2017 when she lost in the first round.
The 32-year-old is currently ranked 135th after playing only eight tournaments this season, struggling with an injury and failing to show her best tennis. After scoring five wins in Shenzhen and Melbourne, Maria delivered only three in the remaining events, bowing out earlier than she was hoping for in St.
Petersburg, Mallorca, Wimbledon, Toronto, Cincinnati and the US Open. "Nothing is clear at the moment in regard to Sharapova," Tarpishchev said. "However, we continue holding negotiations with her."