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OUT: Giorgi, Zheng, Gavrilova, Jabeur, Krunic, Begu, Pera, Potapova
IN: Pliskova, Townsend, Pegula, Brengle, Kudermetova, Minella, Siegemund, Vikhlyantseva
Hehe Pera with new bf in hometown Zadar atm...good for her,but I really hoped she would be here and get good result.
 

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OUT: Giorgi, Zheng, Gavrilova, Jabeur, Krunic, Begu, Pera, Potapova
IN: Pliskova, Townsend, Pegula, Brengle, Kudermetova, Minella, Siegemund, Vikhlyantseva

seems weird that Pera is out... she has pretty much done nothing in terms of results since last summer, and Charlie represents a big chunk of her entire point total. It's like she's bailing on her career.
 

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it's the same every year, there are usually around 15 W/D's from the initial entry list that take the cutoff down to the #130 range.
This event is a shadow of what it was in the glory days of the Family Circle Cup at Hilton Head Island, bracketed with Amelia Island, as the US green clay swing before the circuit shifted to European red clay. It gets a worse entry than both of those events did, and that was in the days when top players did not all play the same big events outside the slams. It seems like an anachronistic anomaly, caught in no man's land between hard courts and European clay and with Fed Cup following immediately after, it means that many players do not want to bother to change surface for just one event to possibly move back onto another in another continent straightaway. Many players are exhausted and suffering from wear and tear after the gruelling Sunshine Double and wisely elect to pass, unless they lost early in both those events and so were not too tired and need extra matches from somewhere.
 

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Many players are exhausted and suffering from wear and tear after the gruelling Sunshine Double and wisely elect to pass, unless they lost early in both those events and so were not too tired and need extra matches from somewhere.

"The grueling Sunshine Double"?? LOL, they are 2-week events with a lot of down time built in, and only a couple of players per year get worn out by going deep in both tournies. Try again.
 

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This event is a shadow of what it was in the glory days of the Family Circle Cup at Hilton Head Island, bracketed with Amelia Island, as the US green clay swing before the circuit shifted to European red clay. It gets a worse entry than both of those events did, and that was in the days when top players did not all play the same big events outside the slams. It seems like an anachronistic anomaly, caught in no man's land between hard courts and European clay and with Fed Cup following immediately after, it means that many players do not want to bother to change surface for just one event to possibly move back onto another in another continent straightaway. Many players are exhausted and suffering from wear and tear after the gruelling Sunshine Double and wisely elect to pass, unless they lost early in both those events and so were not too tired and need extra matches from somewhere.
The WTA really fucked up as far as I'm concerned in trying to make all top players play the same events. They wanted continuous rivalries and notoriety for events outside the slams, but besides Indian Wells and Miami (plus maybe Rome and Canada/Cincinnati) no one really gives a fuck (the two other PMs are practically invisible), while the rest of the events have majorly suffered. We used to have events almost every week with a handful of top players; now we have the slams, a few strong events where a few top players hopefully care at any given time, and the rest is like scattered bones that may or may not have a bit of meat left on them.

The entry list for Charleston looks quite solid though compared to some previous additions.
 

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Barty is in singles and doubles finals of Miami, so it's unlikely that she will want to play here. She also seems like the type to honor her commitments though, so I guess we'll see…
 

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No ALTs left (only top 375 players can get listed at Premiers) so considering there's WTA Monterrey, $80K Palm Harbor and $25K Jackson at the same time, you can picture plenty of byes and/or doubles players in the Q draw.
 

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The entry list for Charleston looks quite solid though compared to some previous additions.
Cause this year's Indian Wells and Miami has produced different champions and finalists in comparison to previous years.

Going from Quarter-finalists you see names that don't belong to the top players.
 
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