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Julian.
Oct 24th, 2009, 01:53 PM
This is for the smaller ones (Non Premier Mandatory and Premier 5).

Sydney
Paris
Charleston
Stuttgart
Warsaw
Eastbourne
Stanford
Los Angeles
New Haven
Moscow

The Kaz
Oct 24th, 2009, 01:58 PM
Sydney but im bias :p.

Vanity Bonfire
Oct 24th, 2009, 01:59 PM
Eastbourne :p

Just Do It
Oct 24th, 2009, 02:00 PM
Definitely Stanford. Brie beating Diamond there is one of the reasons.

AnomyBC
Oct 24th, 2009, 02:03 PM
I haven't actually been to any of them, but these would probably be my favs:

1. New Haven
2. Los Angeles
3. Stanford
4. Charleston
5. Eastbourne

Poova
Oct 24th, 2009, 02:07 PM
I like Stuttgart. The indoor clay makes it a bit different which is interesting IMO. :p

F-R-E-A-K
Oct 24th, 2009, 02:11 PM
Sydney :hearts: It always has around 7-8 of the TOP 10 playing. :drool: Always has really tough draws. :)

Paris75
Oct 24th, 2009, 02:16 PM
I went to Stuttgart this year, and I must confess I loved it! ( Dementieva :hearts::bigcry: (she laughed at me because nobody wanted to hold my camera so as I could take a photo with her ^^ , she was so cool)

Generally speaking I think Stuttgart is the best, I love the pre-match interwiews, it's pretty fun!
(I like Paris too :))

nevetssllim
Oct 24th, 2009, 02:17 PM
Paris, Stuttgart and Sydney.

Miss Atomic Bomb
Oct 24th, 2009, 02:19 PM
Stuttgart

Valanga
Oct 24th, 2009, 02:23 PM
Stuttgart. Porscheee

delicatecutter
Oct 24th, 2009, 02:24 PM
Charleston. :hearts: Love the green clay and the defending champion. ;)

VIKA?
Oct 24th, 2009, 02:27 PM
Paris:)

Bartosh
Oct 24th, 2009, 02:30 PM
Warsaw because polish TV broadcasts so many matches :inlove: :lol:

W!MBLEDON
Oct 24th, 2009, 02:32 PM
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
Winner: Elena DEMENTIEVA (RUS)
Runner-up: Dinara SAFINA (RUS)
Semifinalists: Serena WILLIAMS (USA), Ai SUGIYAMA (JPN)
Quarterfinalists: Caroline WOZNIACKI (DEN), Agnieszka RADWANSKA (POL), Svetlana KUZNETSOVA (RUS), Alize CORNET (FRA)

PARIS, FRANCE
Winner: Amelie MAURESMO (FRA)
Runner-up: Elena DEMENTIEVA (RUS)
Semifinalists: Serena WILLIAMS (USA), Jelena JANKOVIC (SRB)
Quarterfinalists: Emilie LOIT (FRA), Nathalie DECHY (FRA), Agnieszka RADWANSKA (POL), Alize CORNET (FRA)

CHARLESTON, SC, U.S.A.
Winner: Sabine LISICKI (GER)
Runner-up: Caroline WOZNIACKI (DEN)
Semifinalists: Elena DEMENTIEVA (RUS), Marion BARTOLI (FRA)
Quarterfinalists: Dominika CIBULKOVA (SVK), Virginie RAZZANO (FRA), Melinda CZINK (HUN), Elena VESNINA (RUS)

STUTTGART, GERMANY
Winner: Svetlana KUZNETSOVA (RUS)
Runner-up: Dinara SAFINA (RUS)
Semifinalists: Flavia PENNETTA (ITA), Elena DEMENTIEVA (RUS)
Quarterfinalists: Agnieszka RADWANSKA (POL), Jelena JANKOVIC (SRB), Gisela DULKO (ARG), Marion BARTOLI (FRA)

WARSAW, POLAND
Winner: Alexandra DULGHERU (ROU)
Runner-up: Alona BONDARENKO (UKR)
Semifinalists: Anne KEOTHAVONG (GBR), Daniela HANTUCHOVA (SVK)
Quarterfinalists: Maria SHARAPOVA (RUS), Ioana Raluca OLARU (ROU), Galina VOSKOBOEVA (KAZ), Klara ZAKOPALOVA (CZE)

EASTBOURNE, ENGLAND
Winner: Caroline WOZNIACKI (DEN)
Runner-up: Virginie RAZZANO (FRA)
Semifinalists: Marion BARTOLI (FRA), Aleksandra WOZNIAK (CAN)
Quarterfinalists: Agnieszka RADWANSKA (POL), Anabel MEDINA GARRIGUES (ESP), Ekaterina MAKAROVA (RUS), Vera DUSHEVINA (RUS)

STANFORD, CA, U.S.A.
Winner: Marion BARTOLI (FRA)
Runner-up: Venus WILLIAMS (USA)
Semifinalists: Samantha STOSUR (AUS), Elena DEMENTIEVA (RUS)
Quarterfinalists: Serena WILLIAMS (USA), Jelena JANKOVIC (SRB), Daniela HANTUCHOVA (SVK), Maria SHARAPOVA (RUS)

LOS ANGELES, CA, U.S.A.
Winner: Flavia PENNETTA (ITA)
Runner-up: Samantha STOSUR (AUS)
Semifinalists: Sorana CIRSTEA (ROU), Maria SHARAPOVA (RUS)
Quarterfinalists: Jie ZHENG (CHN), Agnieszka RADWANSKA (POL), Urszula RADWANSKA (POL), Vera ZVONAREVA (RUS)

NEW HAVEN, CT, U.S.A.
Winner: Caroline WOZNIACKI (DEN)
Runner-up: Elena VESNINA (RUS)
Semifinalists: Amelie MAURESMO (FRA), Flavia PENNETTA (ITA)
Quarterfinalists: Svetlana KUZNETSOVA (RUS), Anna CHAKVETADZE (RUS), Magdalena RYBARIKOVA (SVK), Virginie RAZZANO (FRA)

MOSCOW, RUSSIA
Winner:
Runner-up:
Semifinalists: Alona BONDARENKO (UKR), Alisa KLEYBANOVA (RUS)
Quarterfinalists: Tsvetana PIRONKOVA (BUL), Maria KIRILENKO (RUS), Vera DUSHEVINA (RUS), Jelena JANKOVIC (SRB)

Vefci Y
Oct 24th, 2009, 02:57 PM
Charleston

A-Bond
Oct 24th, 2009, 03:08 PM
Paris (I). The camera perspective is great. It looks like they're hitting very hard. And Mary and Agnes played well there. The stade coubertin is cool. Also like Charleston and Moscow.

sakya23
Oct 24th, 2009, 03:52 PM
Stanford!!!

Svetame
Oct 24th, 2009, 04:52 PM
Paris :) Ahh I shed a few tears watching that tournament this year :)

Natalicious
Oct 24th, 2009, 06:50 PM
paris :)
i also like stuttgart

Ballbasher
Oct 24th, 2009, 06:54 PM
Stuttgart. :inlove:

Ferg
Oct 24th, 2009, 06:54 PM
I've always liked Stanford.

Shvedbarilescu
Oct 24th, 2009, 09:17 PM
1. Eastbourne
2. Warsaw
3. Paris
4. Stuttgart
5. Moscow
6. Stanford
7. Sydney
8. New Haven
9. Charleston
10. LA

Volcana
Oct 24th, 2009, 09:40 PM
1) Why no Marbella? - It's $500,000, and 32 players. Sydney, Warsaw and Eastbourne are $600,000 and 32 players.
2) Charleston - $1,000,000 and 56 players. And it's one of the long term sponsors, Family Circle Magazine. Given the size of the filed, the size of the purse, and the history of the sponsor with the tour, I really can't consider Charleston a Tier II.
3) Moscow - $1,000,000. It is only 32 players, which seems to be the standard for the $600,000 and $700,000 tournaments, so I'm not really gonna defend that one too much. But it was a Tier I, and it does pay more than the de facto Tier II's.


A better question might be why Marbella, Moscow and Charleston are all off the 'standard' model?

jimbo mack
Oct 24th, 2009, 09:47 PM
stanford, the sun always shines there :)

plus venus, lindsay and clijsters have all had so much success there ;)

Vikapower
Oct 24th, 2009, 09:48 PM
Eastbourne is defnitively my favourite with Stuttgart but I never liked Moscou !

Wedgie619
Oct 24th, 2009, 09:52 PM
I love Sydney... but im biased (as i get to watch it from 11 am to end of days play!!!)

Also due to the closeness to the AO and the lack of other big tournaments Sydney always has a stellar field!!!

jimbo mack
Oct 24th, 2009, 10:11 PM
some more of my thoughts:

sydney always seems to attract strong fields so this is a fav of mine as it really kickstarts the year into action before the AO. in fact, sydney attracts stronger fields now than it did in the early/mid 90's whereas other events have got weaker with time. maybe olympic sydney 2000 helped this?

paris - a nice cosy indoor event which usually attracts at least 2-3 top stars, i guess mauresmo, pierce, halard, golovin and tauziat's stellar results here have helped the tournaments local interest. a long standing event with a lot of history.

charleston - have to admit i kind of see green clay as a meaningless surface and it's not pleasing watching it on TV, poor quality viewing. this event seems to be getting a bit weaker, this year was particularly a let down..hopefully next year we'll see a top 10 player in the final?

stuttgart - i like this new event, makes it a bit different from other clay events. it seems to be popualar with the players and has had one of the strongest finals of the year in terms of match up. good decision by the wta to make way for this new event :) and of course no rain delays ;)

warsaw - this simply has to be downgraded, it was AWFUL this year. unlucky with placement on the calendar (week before the french). i never thought it was a good move upgrading this event, it's never really displayed any excitement even when venus, henin and clijsters were champions.

eastbourne, it has good years and bad years. this year was bad, so many early losses for the top seeds. 2010 will be interesting, could be the make or break for eastbourne. maybe a move to a city would be a better strategy, eastbourne is a relatively small town of significance :o brighton would be a better choice.

stanford, a great, intimate event which has a very impressive roll of champions, minus a.wozniack. this year they attracted serena, venus, maria and jankovic...the strongest line up in quite a few years. it's a great event to start the US Open series and always seems to have exciting 3 set matches to enjoy for whatever reason

new haven - see warsaw. a shame considering this used to be one of the strongest events on the tour, now it's the opposite. time for a downgrade...

moscow, i always struggled to like this event, it always seems so.....empty with little atmosphere, unless a myskina or a kournikova played. such a weak draw this year, moscow would benefit with a placement move on the calendar.l.otherwise we're going to see many more years with non top 20 players in the final

allrounder
Oct 24th, 2009, 11:27 PM
Stuttgart. Love the Arena, player entrances and Porsche theme plus Mattias' chemistry with some of the players he interviews before and after the matches :lol:

Optima
Oct 24th, 2009, 11:34 PM
Charleston.

Uranium
Oct 24th, 2009, 11:36 PM
1) Why no Marbella? - It's $500,000, and 32 players. Sydney, Warsaw and Eastbourne are $600,000 and 32 players.
2) Charleston - $1,000,000 and 56 players. And it's one of the long term sponsors, Family Circle Magazine. Given the size of the filed, the size of the purse, and the history of the sponsor with the tour, I really can't consider Charleston a Tier II.
3) Moscow - $1,000,000. It is only 32 players, which seems to be the standard for the $600,000 and $700,000 tournaments, so I'm not really gonna defend that one too much. But it was a Tier I, and it does pay more than the de facto Tier II's.


A better question might be why Marbella, Moscow and Charleston are all off the 'standard' model?
Marbella is an International.
I believe they are that way because for every additional top player you get, you must raise your prize money. Marbella had 2, so they had extra prize money. The same may go for Premiers, but it could only be for Internationals.

Julian.
Oct 25th, 2009, 09:02 AM
1) Why no Marbella? - It's $500,000, and 32 players. Sydney, Warsaw and Eastbourne are $600,000 and 32 players.


The poll is about premier tournaments not international ones.