Welcome to sunny San Diego! Here the players are playing a first preparation tournament to the US Open. There are loads of points up for grabs in this Tier I event.
54 players were eliminated in the main draw; 24 in the qualifying competition. Only two players are still standing. Either Kim Clijsters or Karolina Sprem will be crowned Acura Classic champion after today.
* If a qualifier loses in the first round of the main draw, she receives no first round points as usual
PYW Ranking of the Participants:
4. Kim Clijsters BEL
37. Karolina Sprem CRO
* The rankings are updated now and these are the rankings after Stanford, Budapest and ITF Lexington
The Top Favourites
Kim Clijsters BEL  W: Warsaw, Berlin, Roland Garros F: Indian Wells, Stanford
Daniela Hantuchova SVK  W: US Open, Tokyo 1, Dubai, Indian Wells, Rome F: -
Evgenia Linetskaya RUS W: Tokyo 2, Birmingham F: Roland Garros
Maria Kirilenko RUS W: - F: Doha, Rome, Birmingham, Rosmalen
Mary Pierce FRA  W: - F: US Open, Filderstadt, Antwerp, Amelia Island, Berlin
Elena Dementieva RUS  W: Hasselt, Filderstadt, Moscow, Miami, Charleston, F: -
A somewhat expected Kim Clijsters versus a completely unexpected Karolina Sprem in the final of San Diego. Both hardhitters will want to take home the title. The #1 position on the rankings doesn't seem too far away for Clijsters. She will surely take it after the US Open, when the players ahead of her in the rankings (after San Diego that will only be Dementieva and Hantuchova) have loads of points to defend. Clijsters only has 4 points to defend until the end of the year from her second round loss in Hasselt. But the Belgian wants to grab the #1 position as soon as possible.
Can Karolina Sprem come to the aid of Daniela Hantuchova and help the Slovakian hold the top position a bit longer? Sprem probably doesn't care about that, but will want to do everything in her power to take home the title.
Kim Clijsters BEL :
R64: Bye R32: Marta Domachowska POL | 6-3 6-3 R16: Jelena Jankovic SCG  | 6-4 6-2 QF: Elena Dementieva RUS  | 1-6 6-3 6-3 SF: Patty Schnyder SUI  | 6-7 6-3 7-5
Karolina Sprem CRO:
R64: Mashona Washington USA | 6-4 3-6 6-3 R32: Vera Zvonareva RUS  | 6-1 4-6 6-4 R16: Shinobu Asagoe JPN  | 0-6 6-1 7-6 QF: Ai Sugiyama JPN | 7-6 7-6 SF: Akiko Morigami JPN | 7-6 6-3
Will Clijsters clinch another PYW trophy for on the mantelpiece? Or can Karolina finish her first ever PYW final off in style? Vote now for who you want to be our Acura Classic champion!