Birmingham organisers must be desperate for a Nicole win!
Poor Birmingham organisers! Their biggest marquee names, Sharapova and JJ pulled out before the tournament started. Now they've lost Mirza and Bartoli who were probably the best known players left; Mirza would be very well supported by Birmingham's large Indian community, I would have thought. Only Nicole and Mel South are in who could pull in the punters, I can't see the crowds flocking to Pin v Cetkovska, the Bondarenko sisters, Nakamura or Sunitha Rao!