Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: sailing my ship
I believe Martina won the Family Circle Cup in 99 beating Kournikova. In 2000, she decided to forgo that event and stay in Europe after the Ericsson. It certainly didn't hurt Martina's ranking or results on clay where she won Hamburg, made the semi's of both the German Open and the French Open.
Overall, I think Martina is very smart in her scheduling and she probably realizes that the French Open is her best chance for a grand slam title this year. Let's hope that she can make it to the finals and not face Jennifer, who absolutely demolished Martina in the SF's last year.