Sharapova, Serena still not confirmed for Kremlin Cup, Safin gets wild card

Sharapova practicing for Kremlin Cup

During a press conference on Wednesday at Moscow’s Olympic Sports Complex, Shamil Tarpischev said that Maria Sharapova still hasn’t confirmed her participation in Kremlin Cup. Though Sharapova is already in Moscow and has already started her practices, her team will make their final decision only after her Thursday doctor visit. Sharapova is still recovering from a shoulder injury.

According to Tarpischev, Yelena Vesnina has been granted a wild card for her contribution to Fed Cup. Three other players are being considered for the other two cards–Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams, and Vera Dushevina (currently ranked No 44).

There is much speculation going on in the Russian blogosphere that Serena Williams most probably is not going to participate in the Kremlin Cup, though Tarpischev didn’t want to confirm it. He has shown his enthusiasm and willingness to give as many wild cards to the Russian players as possible. According to Serena’s official site, she is still scheduled for Kermlin Cup. We’ll see.

Charismatic Marat Safin is also going to return to tennis at Kremlin Cup as a wild card. “Hopefully this will be my year, although I can’t make any promises,” said the 27th-ranked Safin, who lost to Nikolay Davydenko in last year’s Kremlin Cup final.

Kremin Cup is a $1.34 million Tier 1 indoor tournament in Moscow. It will be held at Moscow’s Olympic sports complex from Oct. 6 to 14.

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  1. Nina on October 4th, 2007

    Update - According to Kremlin Cup tournament organizers, both Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams have been granted wild cards and are ready to play.

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