Tournament director Alexei Selivanenko has confirmed that former world number one Simona Halep has accepted a wild card in Moscow, according to Michal Samulsku. Halep, 30, made her debut at the Moscow event in 2012 when she reached the round of 16.
Halep returned to the event a year later and came all the way after beating Sam Stosur in the final. Halep last played at the Indian Wells Masters, where she suffered a surprise third round loss to Aliaksandra Sasnovich.
The Kremlin Cup in Moscow was also scheduled to feature Emma Raducanu, but the US Open champion has withdrawn from the event.
Halep advised Raducanu to be “very careful”
It’s difficult for me to do an analysis.
In my case, it took me a long time to win my first Grand Slam, I had won other tournaments before but it is of course not comparable to a Slam. So I can’t give my opinion too much. From my personal experience, I think you have to be very careful after such a big win because being so young you don’t have that experience of winning big titles.
In Emma’s case, it’s even the first title of her career. Either way, you won’t know exactly what a player of this age feels like to win such a tournament, âsaid Halep. Halep beat Marta Kostyuk in her first game at Indian Wells, before losing to Sasnovich.
“Always when I come back here I feel good. It’s really nice to be healthy again and to compete at this level. To play in October here is so special,” Halep said after the game. , according to the WTA website. âI missed playing tennis at this level a lot this year because I was injured and for many months I couldn’t play matches.
I came here a little more aggressive than usual and am trying to improve my game and myself. My attitude wasn’t great but I’m going to keep working and it’s just a pleasure to be back and win a game at Indian Wells. ”