February 16th, 2014
Notes: One of the toughest 28-draw fields of the year with seven Top 10 players among the seeds, and more dangerous floaters than seeds…Challenging starts for (1) Serena after a bye vs. the Kleybanova-Makarova winner, (5) Jankovic after a bye vs. the Stephens-Safarova winner…
January 4th, 2014
Notes: Sam Stosur still injured?…Tough draws for (3) Vesnina against the Puerto Rican riser Puig, and (5) Pennetta against the former No. 1 Venus…Venus on the small-tournament guarantee-cash circuit this year?…Wildcards went to Aussies Casey Dellacqua, Olivia Rogowska and Storm Sanders…Storm Sanders is an awesome sports name, period…Pulling from the tournament were Nadia Petrova, Ashleigh Barty and Stefanie Voegele…Vesnina in last year’s final beat Barthel…Returning former champs in the field are Vesnina (2013), Barthel (2012), and Jie Zheng (2005).
September 29th, 2013
Notes: Wildcards went to former No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt, and China’s Wu Di and Zhang Ze…Interesting first round matches include (1) Djokovic vs. the streaky Rosol (winner to likely face Hot Sauce), Querrey vs. Youzhny (winner to likely face (6) Wawrinka), (3) Ferrer vs. Popsicle, and (7) Haas vs. Hewitt…Wawrinka makes debut at event…Pulling from the event were Marin Cilic (doping suspension), Ernests Gulbis, Jerzy Janowicz (back), and Martin Klizan…Returning champs in the field are Djokovic (2012,’10-09), Berdych (2011), and Nadal (2005).