there are good things about the new format and bad things about the new format but the tournament caters for what they wanted it to be which was a tournament with a completely elite field.
it's obviously good that we have a tournament which only has the top players as there will be a lot of high quality tennis played (or their should be). but then for the other players it is a waste of time competing in the indoor season besides money which is actually a very good reason to compete but in-terms of being in the elite tournament there is not much opening.
a format is tricky to decide at the moment because people want to see more than 8 players compete but they don't want to see sloppy play and at the moment the only solution is to have less people but higher quality tennis IMO.
Go the aussies! stosur!!!
and good luck russians: dementieva, safina, kirilenko, sharapova, kuznetsova, bovina, zvonareva, dushevina.
also good luck to: azarenka, lucic, sprem, vakulenko, vaidisova, safarova, ivanovic, groenefeld, mirza, krajicek, kvitkova, larcher de brito, lisicki.