The explosion of tennis in Russia had innumerable representatives in these two decades of the new century. From Anna Kournikova to Maria Sharapova through Yelena Dementieva, Anastasia Myskina or Dinara Safina, among other.
That school does not seem to stop the litters of graduates and the WTA 250 in Saint Petersburg is a true reflection of the power in a kind of internal tournament. However, it is strange that the competition that has been held since 2016 never had a local finalist throughout its previous five editions.
The players who reached the quarterfinals in said tournament:
2020: Alexandrova and Potapova
2019: Kasatkina, Zvonareva, Alexandrova and Pavlyuchenkova
2018: Kasatkina and Rybakina
2017: Kuznetsova, Vesnina and Vikhlyantseva
2016: Kasatkina and Pavlyuchenkova
In this edition, Daria Kasatkina, Margarita Gasparyan, Ekaterina Alexandrova, Vera Zvonareva, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Anastasia Gasanova and Kamilla Rakhimova or Veronika Kudermetova, that is, 7 out of 8 are in the quarterfinals. The chances that the title will stay at home are many. The Romanian Jaqueline Adina Cristian, 22 years old and 160 in the world rankings, she will be the only foreigner on the shores of the Baltic Sea. The “Russian” record was six, set in Moscow 2005, where Dinara Safina and Elena Dementieva were semi-finalists, while Kuznetsova, Maria Sharapova, Anastasia Myskina and Elena Likhovtseva reached the semi-finals.
The last time a country dominated in such a way A quarter-final with seven players was the USA in Oakland 1993: Caroline Kuhlman, Ann Grossman and Mary Joe Fernandez, semifinalists Lindsay Davenport and Lori McNeil, runner-up Zina Garrison and eventual champion Martina Navratilova.