Here is my take on this years event - last year it was won by Jennifer Capriati - Lindsay Davenport is the top seed and coming into the event after winning four straight events in Stanford, San Diego, LA and Cinncinnatti. Seeded second is Elena Dementieva who lost to the eventual bronze medalist Alicia Molik in Athens.
Lindsay Davenport  - bye
Daniela Hantuchova beats Lindsay Lee Waters [Q]
Lisa Raymond [WC] beats Dinara Safina
Nadia Petrova  beats Cara Black [Q]
Lindsay Davenport (USA/1) def. Nadia Petrova (RUS/5)
Jennifer Capriati (USA/3) def. Nathalie Dechy (FRA/8)
Maria Sharapova (RUS/4) def. Denisa Chladkova (CZE)
Maggie Maleeva (BUL/6) def. Elena Dementieva (RUS/2)
Lindsay Davenport (USA/1) def. Jennifer Capriati (USA/3)
Maria Sharapova (RUS/4) def. Maggie Maleeva (BUL/6)
Lindsay Davenport (USA/1) def. Maria Sharapova (RUS/4)
Magdalena Maleeva's last words at her send-off:
"There is a saying that there is no friendship in tennis, but I've proven the opposite. After all of them are here, it means that there is friendship and I want to thank them for being here tonight. I hope the fans are happy too."
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