My point was only that I think there would still be many events in Asia for Arantxa without meeting Monica. Monica is definitely defending her title in Brazil. I don't know if she's playing Princess Cup -- Yonex usually requires her to go, I think, though she did play at Pan Pacific this year, maybe that's enough? It would also be a lot of tennis US OPen and then two straight weeks of tennis in two different continents! So maybe she'll play Brazil and then take a week and then defend her title at the Tier III event in Tokyo.
I didn't know that she ever explicitly referred to the Germany issue in explaining her decision to play in Asia. (And I have read practically every interview with her
) But if she did, I'd love to know where. I think that was more speculation on this board.
She has played in Moscow since the stabbing, as well as exhibitions in Zurich and Austria, so I know she could play in these countries.
But she has played so much this year maybe she'll take a long break after Brazil?
As for the race, I think there are eleven assured (Williams through Farina) and then Davenport makes 12. In fact, the current top 12 players (with Testud subtracted). So then there are four openings. I think Myskina Dementieva and Rubin are reasonable because they all seem to be in good form, and they like faster courts best (as opposed to Smashnova, Schnyder, Suarez, Fernandez, Majoli)
For the 16th spot, it seems to be wide-open. Kremer and Dechy are both having solid years. I am putting early money on Eleni Danilidou. She is 23rd on the list right now -- but she played so well on grass, I think she might be able to keep it up.
Of course a brilliant run of form from Maleeva, kournikova, Pierce, Tammy or even Arantxa could send them to LA easily.