After missing out last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Kremlin Cup returns on the WTA Tour this year. Aryna Sabalenka is seeded first while Garbine Muguruza is seeded second.
- Tournament: WTA Kremlin Cup 2021
- Date: October 18- October 24, 2021
- Number of Entrants: 32 (Singles), 16 (Doubles)
- Venue: Moscow, Russia
- Surface: Hard Court
- Prize Money: $565,530
- Defending champion: Belinda Bencic
Top Seeds at the Kremlin Cup 2021
- Aryna Sabalenka
- Garbine Muguruza
- Maria Sakkari
- Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
- Ons Jabeur
- Angelique Kerber
- Elena Rybakina
- Simona Halep
Women’s Singles Draw Preview and Prediction
World No.2 Aryna Sabalenka headlines the top half of the draw. She receives a first round bye and will face either Ajla Tomljanovic or Liudmila Samsonova in the Round of 16. She is then expected to face in form Ons Jabeur in the quarterfinals who opens against Ekaterina Alexandrova. Daria Kasatkina and Anhelina Kalinina are also in the same quarter of the draw.
Third seed Maria Sakkari will face either a qualifier or Dayana Yastremska in the Round of 16 and has been drawn alongside former world no.1 Simona Halep who faces Anastasia Potapova in the first round. Halep is expected to face Veronika Kudermetova in the Round of 16 and could face Maria Sakkari in the last 8.
First semifinal prediction: Aryna Sabalenka vs Simona Halep
Garbine Muguruza headlines the bottom half of the draw and receives a first round bye. She will either be up against a qualifier or in form Tereza Martincova in the second round. Next up, she is expected to lock horns against 6th seed Angelique Kerber who opens against Katerina Siniakova. Another notable name in the bottom quarter is Jelena Ostapenko who faces Andrea Petkovic in the first round.
4th seed and French Open runner-up Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova has been handed a first round bye and will face a qualifier in the second round. He is expected to face 7th seed Elena Rybakina in the quarterfinals who opens against dark horse Marketa Vondrousova. In form Anett Kontaveit is also in the same quarter and could face Rybakina in the Round of 16.
Second semifinal prediction: Anett Kontaveit vs Angelique Kerber
Top seed Aryna Sabalenka is expected to face former World No.1 Simona Halep in the first semifinal. Halep isn’t in great form but will back herself to reach the final. On the other hand, Sabalenka has proved time and again that she is one the hardest hitters on the current WTA tour and could oust anybody on the given day.
In the second semifinal, Ostrava Open champion Anett Kontaveit will be up against former World No.1 Angelique Kerber. The German has produced some good results this year and is looking as lethal as ever. Meanwhile, Kontaveit will want to back her good form and fancy her chance for yet another final of the season.
Kremlin Cup Final prediction: Aryna Sabalenka vs Angelique Kerber
World No.2 Aryna Sabalenka will face 6th seed Angelique Kerber in the final of the Kremlin Cup. Both Sabalenka and Kerber are amazing from the baseline but have contrasting style of play. While Sabalenka is known for her hard-hitting, Kerber relies on using different angles to hit the ball. The match is expected to be a thriller and could go down the distance with Kerber lifting the trophy.
Champion: Angelique Kerber