Simona Halep and Elina Svitolina lead VTB Kremlin Cup

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Simona Halep and Elina Svitolina lead VTB Kremlin Cup

The 24th edition of the VTB Kremlin Cup in Moscow will take place between October 14-20, with a rock-solid field of players ready to 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 we should get another entertaining battle for the trophy in October as well, with four top-10 players ready to hit Moscow.

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. World no. 6 Simona Halep played in Moscow twice before, in 2012 and 2013 when she defeated Samantha Stosur in the title match for the fifth title in a career.

After losing the final in Doha and Madrid earlier this year, Simona lost Roland Garros crown but saved the best tennis for Wimbledon, conquering the title in style for the second Major, not being able to play on the same level in Toronto, Cincinnati and the US Open and hoping for a better run in the remaining events.

World no. 3 Elina Svitolina hadn't played in Moscow since 2016 when she was the semi-finalist, standing as one of the favorites if she brings her 'A game.' The Us Open semi-finalist decided to play the Asian swing despite not being at her best, retiring in Guangzhou and taking some rest ahead of the future challenges.

"This is one of the strongest representations at the tournament in recent years, with five players from the Top-20 and four from the Top-10," Tarpishchev said. "This is great and it will be a very good women's tennis."