the Queen Bee of Russian tennis will not be in attendance at Moscow 2006. but there are 10 other Russians that will contest the Main Draw of the tournament. all will try to garner the adoration of the Russian fans and also pick up the title of Kremlin Cup Women's Champ 2006.
SHARAPOVA - fans will like the fact that she is a 2x slam champ but her record at Kremlin Cup is terrible - she only won last year because ALG injured and also she has never represented Russia in Fed Cup.
KUZNETSOVA - I don't think the Moscow crowd really likes Sveta
maybe because she is from St. Petersburg
DEMENTIEVA - the hottest Russian will get her alot of attention from the male spectators. it also helps that she will be Yeltsin's fave now that Myskina will not play. she is born, raised and still resides in Moscow and is a Fed Cup stalwart as well as Olympic silver medalist for her country. my pick for the fan favorite
probably will only play one match in this tournament. fans will still remember that she did not play last year in favor of chasing her 1st title in Bangkok and the fact that she refused to play Kim Clijsters in an important Fed Cup tie this year. I believe she will probably be booed off the court after her 1R loss.
SAFINA - she got to SF last year. it also helps that she is the daughter of one of the most influential figures in Moscow tennis and the sister of Marat. Being a top 10 player will help too. She will be a fave
born and raised in Moscow
KIRILENKO - well she is hot so that will help but she probably won't win a match
LIKHOTSEVA - she may be playing in her last match ever at the Kremlin cup and I am sure the crowd will give her a good sendoff