Czech woman Petra Kvitova, Dutch star Kiki Bertens and Croatian player Donna Vekic will be among the star attractions at the WTA St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy competition, which will be held from February 8th to February 16th in St.
Petersburg, Russia. The tournament will be held at the Sibur Arena. Some of the Russian players have also confirmed their participation in the tournament - including Ekaterina Alexandrova, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Daria Kasatkina.
29-year-old Kvitova is ranked No. 7 in the world and has won 27 career singles titles, including 2 Wimbledon titles - in 2011 and 2014. She also won a bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics and has peaked at No. 2 in the rankings.
Kvitova is a former champion at this tournament, having won the same in 2018. 28-year-old Bertens is ranked No. 9 in the world currently and has won 9 singles titles in her career so far. She has been ranked as high as No. 4 in the world in the past and is the defending champion in St.
Petersburg, having beaten Vekic in the final. 23-year-old Vekic is currently ranked No. 19 in the world and has won 2 WTA singles titles so far - 2014 Malaysian Open and the 2017 Nottingham Open. Her best performance at the Grand Slams was reaching the quarter-finals of the US Open last year and she is currently at her career-best ranking.
The tournament is played on indoor hard courts and is classified as a WTA Premier tournament. It was first held in St. Petersburg in 2003 and was held as an ITF event from 2003 to 2015 before being upgraded to a WTA Premier tournament in 2016.