Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: The consulting room
8 and a Round Robin is better.
It makes for a more interesting and exciting tournament.
Back in the days of 16 players, the event was a bore and was getting lower and lower interest. It was just like a well attended Tier 1 or 2 event. The first rounds were a predictable bore. And there was nothing to separate it in style from any other WTA event.
The Round Robin format brings the elite players together, creates interest in the run-up to the event, as to who is or is not going to qualify, and allows a much bigger selection of players to meet each other, who might never do normally. I also like the fact that its not just one loss and you're out of there until the latter rounds.
The RR makes the YEC different - and it needs that.
Sabine Lisicki, Maria Sharapova, Elena Dementieva,
Victoria Azarenka, Dinara Safina, Maria Kirilenko
Nadia Petrova, Samantha Stosur, Ana Ivanovic.
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