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The 2017 WTA Tour continues this week, with St Petersburg Ladies Trophy being the next tournament on the docket. The top four seeds are some of the prominent names on the tour, and have been awarded a bye into the second round.


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The top seed goes to the Romanian No. 1 Simona Halep, who has had a disappointing start to the year. With early losses in Shenzhen Open and Australian Open, she needs to register a big win to develop her momentum. Something similar is the case with the second seed Dominika Cibulkova too, who has is coming here after losing in the third round in Melbourne. While Cibulkova lost in the third round, her Russian adversary Svetlana Kuznetsova incurred a fourth round defeat in Melbourne. Prior to that, she played in Brisbane International, where she was the quarter-finalist, just like Cibulkova. Lastly, there's the Australian Open runner-up Venus Williams, who will be gracing the tournament as the fourth seed.


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After an incredible fortnight in Melbourne, she will be keen on carrying the same spirit forward. However, fatigue may be a factor for her, and this is something which the other players can take advantage of. Other players like Elena Vesnina and Roberta Vinci will also be playing in the tournament.


Posted: 8th February 2016


The 2016 St Petersburg Ladies Trophy will be the seventh edition in tournament history, but only the first as a WTA event. The competition is played on an indoor hard court and is now a WTA Premier Tournament.


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As such, it is just a notch below the most lucrative level, the Premier Mandatory events (not counting the Grand Slam tourneys of course). The reigning champion in St. Petersburg is Jelena Ostapenko, although there is a catch. This tournament last year was an ITF tournament which means the competition was a lot younger and, well, weaker as well. The Latvian will be in the main draw but has little chance to go far, never mind defend her title. Top seed and world number 11 Belinda Bencic will probably be the favorite of the tournament. If not her, world number 16 Roberta Vinci or world number 18 Caroline Wozniacki could certainly go all the way. These three will be followed by fourth seed and world number 20 Ana Ivanovic, world number 26 Anastasia Pavyuchenkova, world number 29 Anna Karolina Schmiedlova, world number 30 Kristina Mladenovic and world number 36 Alize Cornet.


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The main favorite is the Swiss (Bencic) who had an excellent run at the Australian Open, making it into the fourth round where he lost to Maria Sharapova.


Tags: WTA Tour, St Petersburg Ladies Trophy, Simona Halep, Dominika Cibulkova, Svetlana Kuznetsova, WTA Premier Tournament, Jelena Ostapenko, Belinda Bencic, Roberta Vinci, Caroline Wozniacki
Posted: 30th January 2017

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