yeah, i think it was a no-brainer to skip Miami, there was no reason to spend an extra 2 and a half weeks in the States at a hardcourt tournament played in very windy conditions, where Patty has a lousy record and would be in danger of losing her first match. She's getting better training for the clay season by spending an extra week at home.
And it's going to be a very active clay season with Patty entered in Amelia, Charleston, Fed Cup (away match vs. Spain), Warsaw, Berlin, Rome, then maybe Vienna, and finally the French. That's like 9 weeks in a row on the road, she'll probly have to withdraw from at least one tournie to stay fresh.
I don't know Greeny, based on results i'd have to say Patty's best surface is indoors, her clay results over the years have been pretty spotty for the most part, but the potential for something big is definitely there, and she always says she likes the clay, so that's a plus. Hopefully she's going into the season fresh and prepared.