VTB Kremlin Cup 2017 Uncovered
The Kremlin Cup has started!
On Saturday morning, the 19th Kremlin Cup started at the Olympic Sports Complex with qualifying matches, and the main draw of the tournament will begin only on Monday.
History of the Kremlin Cup
The first in the history of Russia men's international professional tournament Kremlin Cup, which takes place annually in Moscow, was founded in 1990 by the Swiss businessman Sason Kakshuri . Initially, it was held exclusively as a men's tournament, and since 1996, a women's section was introduced, which became the successor to the Moscow Ladies Open.
1. Nikolay Davydenko
2. Igor Andreev
3. Mikhail Youzhny
4. Paul-Henri Mathieu (France)
5. Dmitry Tursunov
6. Mikael Llodra (France)
7. Marat Safin
8. Janko Tipsarevic (Serbia)
9. Julien Benneteau (France)
10. Florent Serra (France)
11. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (Spain)
12. Nicolas Devilder (France)
13. Robbie Ginepri (USA)
14. Victor Troicki (Serbia)
15. Dudi Sela (Israel)
16. Fabrice Santoro (France)
17. Lu Yen-Sun (Taiwan)
18. Igor Kunitsyn
19. Victor Hanescu (Romania)
20. Potito Starace (Italy)
21. Jeremy Chardy (France)
22. Denis Gremalmaiers (Germany)
Until 2000, the male and female parts were held at different times, but with the onset of the new millennium they were united. Thus, the Kremlin Cup became the first tennis tournament in world history where the matches of the men's and women's championships were held simultaneously in an indoor room for a week. In the future, the successful experience of the Kremlin Cup was adopted by some of the organizers of other international competitions, because this allows to increase the interest of tennis fans in the ongoing tournaments.
It is quite natural that during the 19-year history of the Moscow tournament, the most successful in the Olympic Sports Complex were Russian tennis players. This is especially true of Evgeny Kafelnikov , who won the
men's tournament for five years in a row (1997-2001), and over the past four years this summit has been conquered three times by Nikolai Davydenko
A completely different picture is observed in the female part. There is no hegemony on the part of the hostesses of the tournament and it is close. Over the course of 12 years, Russian women have become the best at the Kremlin Cup only four times, while foreign athletes have achieved success eight times.
This trend, which has emerged at the Kremlin Cup, is unlikely to undergo significant changes in the coming years. understandable and objective reasons. The men's tournament, which is included in the category of the International Series of the ATP tour and was recognized as the best tournament in the organization of the ATP tour three times (1993, 1994, 1996), is not a top competition and does not gather the strongest tennis players in the world, so it is not difficult for Russian athletes to demonstrate their skill and
add another trophy to your collection. But in the female part, which is included in the top-20, the besttennis player of the planet, for this reason she is more attractive and popular all over the world.
In all likelihood, this year the main fight in the male part, it will again unfold between the Russian players. The main rivals of last year's tournament winner Nikolai Davydenko will be Igor Andreev , Mikhail Youzhny and Dmitry Tursunov .
It is quite possible for the Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu and the Israeli Dudi Sele to compete with this company, who often began to surprise with confident play, and even made it to the final at the Chinese Open, where he lost only to the American Andy Roddick . It is possible that Marat Safin will be able to join them, who has not been showing the most rosy results recently, but wants to finish the year in the top thirty in the world rankings in order to be among the seeded at the Australian Open.
1. Elena Jankovic (Serbia)
2. Dinara Safina
3. Elena Dementieva
4. Ana Ivanovic (Serbia)
5. Svetlana Kuznetsova
6. Venus Williams (USA)
7. Vera Zvonareva
8. Anna Chakvetadze
9. Daniela Hantuchova (Slovakia)
10. Marion Bartoli (France)
11. Flavia Pannetta (Italy)
12. Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark)
13. Victoria Azarenka (Belarus)
14. Nadezhda Petrova
15. Alize Cornet (France)
16. Dominika Cibulkova (Slovakia)
17. Nicole Vaidishova (Czech Republic)
18. Amelie Mauresmo (France)
19. Na Li (China)
20. Maria Kirilenko
Concluding the conversation about the men's part of the Kremlin Cup, we can only regret that the Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga , who withdrew from the competition due to injury, will not come to Moscow. The finalist of the Australian Open-2008 in the current season gained excellent shape, thanks to which he won the tournament in Bangkok, taking over in the final over Novak Djokovic himself. Someone who, and Tsonga, would definitely be able to give a real battle to Russian tennis players and aim at winning the men's tournament.
In the women's section It makes no sense to make any preliminary predictions for the Kremlin Cup, since the number of participants includes nine tennis players from the top ten WTA: Elena Jankovic (Serbia), Dinara Safina , Elena Dementyeva , Ana Ivanovich (Serbia), Svetlana Kuznetsova , Venus Williams (USA) and Vera Zvonareva . The victory of any of the above athletes is unlikely to surprise anyone, because the difference in class between them is insignificant, and much will depend on the readiness of each participant in a particular period.
You shouldn't discount the Chinese woman Li Na , who blocked the way to the Olympic final Svetlana Kuznetsova, Russian Maria Kirilenko, who won the WTA tournament in Seoul, as well as the representative of Belarus Victoria Azarenko , who beat Elena Dementyeva in Stuttgart and reached the semifinals. p>
Unfortunately, in the female partand not without significant losses. The winner of the US Open Serena Williams will not be able to come to Moscow due to a left knee injury. Otherwise, it would be very hot in the Olympic.