Re: Are Tier II Events stronger than Tier I
You can't judge a tournaments strength based on just the winner. Some T2s are strong - Sydney and Eastbourne, because they are the only chance for players to play a warm up before a GS. Others - Dubai, Filderstad are strong because of $$$.
Tokyo PP has become weak in recent years because it comes right off the heels of the AO, but in the 90s Graf, Sabatini, Seles, Navratilova all routinely showed up.
You really need to look at the average ranking of all players in a draw, number of top 10, top 20 players etc, not just who managed to come away with the win.