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fleur137
May 18th, 2006, 12:04 AM
from what i gather from this article, its:
Patty Schnyder, Anastasia Myskina, Daniela Hantuchova, Sania Mirza, Jelena Jankovic, Tatiana Golovin, Elena Bovina and Vera Zvonareva

Myskina commits to play here
Defending champ Schnyder to return

By Josh Katzowitz
Post staff reporter

After winning last year's Western & Southern Women's Open, Patty Schnyder said multiple times that she'd be back to defend her title in 2006.

Turns out, she really meant it. And she's bringing along a former Grand Slam singles winner to boot.

Tournament director Bruce Flory released on Tuesday a preliminary list of players that intend to participate in the July 15-23 tournament, and it includes Schnyder, who beat Akiko Morigami in last year's W&S finals and is ranked ninth in the world, and 2004 French Open winner Anastasia Myskina.

"For the initial group of eight (players), certainly every one of them is a top-20 caliber player," Flory said. "Really, these are the best players of the world. If people want to see the best of women's tennis, they're seeing a lot of them. They're not seeing all of them, but they're seeing a lot of them."

Aside from Schnyder and Myskina, ranked 13th, W&S alumnae Daniela Hantuchova (ranked 16th in the world), Sania Mirza (35th), Jelena Jankovic (38th) and Vera Zvonareva (67th) will return to the Mason, Ohio, event.

Joining them will be 18-year-old Tatiana Golovin - considered one of the rising stars on the WTA Tour - and Elena Bovina, who was ranked as high as No. 14 last year before suffering a shoulder injury.

The most impressive name on the list, though, is Myskina.

She became the first Russian woman to win a Grand Slam singles title when she knocked off countrywomen Elena Dementieva in the 2004 French Open. Since then, she's made the quarterfinals at Wimbledon and the fourth round in consecutive Australian Opens.

Myskina is also the biggest name the tournament has produced since Lindsay Davenport won the 2004 tournament and is only the second former Grand Slam singles victor (Davenport is the other) to play the event.

"I thought that was huge," Flory said. "To have a recent Grand Slam winner, there are not that many of those. There are a handful of those top Russian players, and she's in the mix. I think the people who are real tennis fans, they understand all these players are great. Sometimes the casual fan just follows the biggest tournaments, the Grand Slams. There's a better chance they'd have seen Myskina."

Flory also is excited by the prospect of seeing Golovin, who was named the WTA Tour's newcomer of 2004.

"She's only 18," Flory said. "She's going to be a star. Someone like Golovin, she signs up now and could end up winning Wimbledon or the French Open (before coming here). You never know. People like (Maria) Sharapova come out of nowhere and win Wimbledon. There's not a lot of difference."

While Schnyder is one of the world's top players, she doesn't have much star power. But the fact she was here last year and is returning is a compliment for Flory.

"It's great," Flory said. "You never know, because circumstance changes and their plans change sometimes. It's great to have her, especially because people have seen her. Before she was a name, and now they've seen here. We're thrilled she thought enough of this tournament to come back."



Publication date: 05-17-2006

:inlove:
May 18th, 2006, 07:54 PM
Very early but stunning list for a Tier III! :bowdown: :worship:

DarkchildSwiss
May 19th, 2006, 11:38 AM
This is what I received (official newsletter):

Schnyder & Myskina Top List of Early Commitments


A preliminary list of players intending to play the 2006 Western & Southern Financial Group Women’s Open includes some very familiar names, including the defending champion.

Three top 20 players are on the list, including 2005 W&SFG Women’s Open champion Patty Schnyder, 2004 French Open champ Anastasia Myskina, and former world No. 5 Daniela Hantuchova. Other notable names include exciting youngster Tatiana Golovin, India’s Sania Mirza and 2004 Cincinnati Finalist Vera Zvonareva.



“It’s great to have the defending champion coming back, and it’ll be very exciting for our fans to be able to see Myskina here,” said tournament director Bruce Flory. “Hantuchova and Mirza were both very popular here last year, so we’re thrilled our fans will get to see them again. We’ve been hearing about Golovin for awhile, and the fact that she reached the semifinals in Miami shows she’s a great player too.”




More Info On "First Eight"
Patty Schnyder / Switzerland - Winner of ten Sony Ericsson WTA singles titles and defending champ in Cincinnati; reached quarters at the Australian Open in January and the final at Charleston in April
Ana Myskina / Russia – ‘04 French Open winner; has reached the quarters of the Australian Open, U.S. Open & Wimbledon
Daniela Hantuchova / Slovakia – Defeated Serena Williams at the Australian Open in Jan.; Reached the semis in Cincinnati in ‘05
Tatiana Golovin / France – This 18-year-old is sitting on a career-high ranking; recently reached the semis in Miami and Paris; ranked No. 18 last April after defeating Venus Williams in Charleston
Jelena Jankovic / Serbia – Reached the quarters in Cincinnati in ’05; has one WTA Tour singles title and career wins over Serena Williams and Nadia Petrova
Sania Mirza / India – Possibly the most famous athlete in India; In ’05, she reached the quarters in Cincinnati and the fourth round of the U.S. Open
Vera Zvonareva / Russia– 2004 Cincinnati singles finalist; quarterfinalist at the French Open in 2003; has won three Sony Ericsson WTA Tour singles titles
Elena Bovina / Russia – Ranked No. 14 last year but has fallen in rankings due to a shoulder injury; reached the quarters at the 2002 U.S. Open

The complete list of players expected to play the 32- draw tournament will be announced in early June.

The W&SFG Women’s Open is the only Sony Ericsson WTA Tour event in the American Midwest and will be held July 15-23 at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio, just north of downtown Cincinnati.

willrock
May 27th, 2006, 04:42 PM
Tati :D

santhuruu
Jun 25th, 2006, 07:14 AM
And Serena has entered as well:D:D:D:D:D:D:D