Maria Sharapova has been given the opportunity to compete at the WTA Kremlin Cup. Only a few days ago, the possibility of the Russian featuring in front of her fans in Moscow looked unlikely. A wildcard entry was the possibility for Sharapova to feature in this event, and it seemed that the organisers were not ready to let Sharapova back into the tournament. The 31-year-old last competed in the event back in 2007. She has not been in a WTA event at home for a decade now.
The five-time Grand Slam champion was able to get back to her best after winning the Tianjin Open. Even though Sharapova faced a disappointment at the China Open, the Russian was able to claim Tianjin Open. This was her first WTA title in two years and this seems to have played a huge role in convincing the organisers to grant her a wildcard entry. In the past, Sharapova has played at the Kremlin Cup only on three occasions. In two of those appearances, she was able to reach the quarter-finals of the event. Apart from featuring one of the former greats, the Kremlin Cup 2017 will also witness other Russian stars like Margarita Gasparyan and Alisa Kleybanova get back to action.
Kleybanova his coming back from several injury problems that have prevented her from building on the 20th spot in the world rankings, which is her highest ever position. Gasparyan, meanwhile, was able to hit a career-high 41st ranking back in February. However, she has spent a long spell on the sidelines due to a number of injury problems and surgeries.