WTA Moscow: Angelique Kerber starts in the top field against Katerina Siniakova
At the WTA 500 event in Moscow, a number of top stars will be honored. Angelique Kerber will start against Katerina Siniakova in Russia , Aryna Sabalenka and Garbine Muguruza are also at the start.
by Michael Rothschädl
last edit: Oct 16, 2021, 09:05 pm
Aryna Sabalenka, second in the world rankings, will start the race at the top of the list in Moscow. The Belarusian had to pass the WTA 1000 event in Indian Wells due to a COVID infection, now the 23-year-old is back on the hunt for number one. At the start in Moscow, Sabalenka benefits from a bye, in the second round the Belarusian waits for the winner of the duel between Liudmilla Samsonova and Alja Tomljanovic.
In the quarter-finals, Sabalenka could meet Ons Jabeur, who will start the race as number five. In Indian Wells, Jabeur made her way to the top ten in the women's tennis world for the first time, and in round one the Tunisian will face Ekaterina Alexandrova. Also on the upper half of the draw are Maria Sakkari - equipped with a bye in round one - and Simona Halep, who slipped into the tournament with a wildcard and meets Anastasia Potapova.
Kerber versus Siniakova
There are also a number of top players in the lower half of the draw, with local hero Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova entering the race as number four. In the quarter-finals, the Russian could meet Elena Rybanika. The Kazakh is set as number seven.
After her strong performances in the USA, the German Angelique Kerber is also listed as a co-favorite in Moscow. The Bremen woman meets Katerina Siniakova at the start in Russia, in the second round there could be a duel with her compatriot Andrea Pektovic. In the duel with Jelena Ostapenko, however, the German is an outsider. In a possible quarter-finals, Kerber could face number two of the tournament, Garbine Muguruza.