all was quiet on the grounds of the Billie Jean National Center as 184 players looked to begin their quests for the singles championship
the biggest news of the day came when the Russian starlet and tournament headliner world #179 peanuts
announced that due to injury she won't be able to compete in the singles draw and will instead focus on doubles with her longtime loyal partner Adrian.
the male spectators at the USO surely will be dissapointed but worry not for peanuts as she just signed a new candy endorsement deal
the defending champion world #4 *Jean*
gave a press conference saying that despite a slow start to 2012, he is confident of regaining the magic of 2011 and repeating here as champion
another "SEWTA Fan Favorite" that has already arrived in New York was SEWTA #46 buji
, who was seen trying to fend off fans and shooting a commercial for a new endorsement ... it seems that buji was in a relaxed mood and not worried about carrying the hopes of 1 billion people on his back
meanwhile there was a big shakeup at the top of the rankings with Germany's Michael!
rising to SEWTA #2 this week to claim the 2nd SEED @ the USO ... however, he made his feelings known that he was not pleased with a neighboring Austrian sitting at the top spot and vowed to unseat joe87
the action gets underway today with 1st round qualifying matches ... one to watch for today will be the Brazilian newcomer SEWTA #226 DiRenan
(seen above) who has already dominated the competition in South America but is looking to move onto the world stage ... check back later for match reports and exclusive report from the players party