The US hard court season got underway with the Western & Southern Financial Group Women's Open in Cincinnati. We have reached the quarterfinal already. Let's take a look at the PYW ranking of the eight remaining participants:
PYW Ranking of the Participants:
6. Vera Zvonareva RUS
12. Ai Sugiyama JPN
21. Patty Schnyder SUI
34. Iveta Benesova CZE
73. Chanda Rubin USA
77. Kveta Peschke CZE
81. Sania Mirza IND
108. Séverine Beltrame FRA
The second round saw a shock exit for PYW favourite Daniela Hantuchova to Chanda Rubin The top ranked player in PYW was send home in a three-set epic.
Top seed Patty Schnyder also struggled against American Abigail Spears. She managed to breeze through the third set though after dropping the second set.
Vera Zvonareva had to work especially hard to reach the quarterfinal. She came from behind saving two matchpoints in the third set against qualifier Ashley Harkleroad.
Now look at the quarterfinal match-ups and decide who you want to advance. Go ahead and vote!
Patty Schnyder SUI  v. Ai Sugiyama JPN 
Iveta Benesova CZE v. Séverine Beltrame FRA [Q]
Kveta Peschke CZE  v. Chanda Rubin USA
Sania Mirza IND v. Vera Zvonareva RUS