The Istanbul Cup, also known as the TEB BNP Paribas Tennis Championship Istanbul is a WTA 250 event held on the outdoor clay courts. The event will be held between the 19th and the 25th of April 2021. The defending champion from 2020 is Patricia Maria Tig of Romania.
Held annually since May 2005, the Istanbul Cup was played on outdoor clay courts until 2009, after which the organisers decided to switch the surface to outdoor hard courts. It was not held between 2011–2013, due to the WTA Tour Championships moving to Istanbul for those years. It resumed for the 2014 WTA season. In 2016, the tournament surface was changed back to clay. It is played in the Istanbul Tennis Center of the Turkish Tennis Federation.
Elise Mertens, Petra Martic and Veronika Kudermetova will lead the field at the Istanbul Cup
Elise Mertens has been granted a wildcard last minute entry for this event and she is the Top seed. She has won the Phillip Island Trophy this year and will be looking to win her second WTA title of the season. Seeded two is the 2019 Champion Petra Martic.
Martic will be looking to kickstart her season on clay. The third seed will be the woman in form, the winner of the Charleston Open Veronika Kudermetova. Kudermetova won her first WTA Title last week and will look to cash in on her good form.
Top 8 Seeds at the Istanbul Open 2021
- Elise Mertens
- Petra Martic
- Veronika Kudermetova
- Daria Kasatkina
- Barbora Krejcikova
- Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
- Saisai Zheng
- Qiang Wang
Daria Kasatkina is the fourth seed, who recently won the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy. The fifth seed is Barbora Krejcikova who reached the Final of the Dubai Open. Sixth seed is Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, the seventh is Saisai Zheng and the eighth is Qiang Wang.