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The Tokyo draw will take place @ 2 am GMT, so that is the commitment deadline, and we have under 16 people signed up right now so the tp players will most likely receive first round byes.

The first round questions will be posted shortly after the draw, and you will have the customary 24 hour period during which to identify the 15 pictures. However, the 10 other questions will be PMed to you, and you will have 10 minutes to complete that from the time you open the PM. Have fun everyone.
 

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Ladies and Gentlemen, we are proud to welcome you to Tokyo, and our prestigious Tier I event. We've gotten off to a wonderful start after some commitments today, we fielded 16 players, meaning there will be no byes in the first round. The draw will take place shortly. It will be followed by a tournament preview, and then the first round questions will be revealed shortly after that. So without further ado....the draw for Tokyo!
 

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TOKYO Tournament Preview
The players all are here and ready for this Tokyo event, warmup for the first Grand Slam of the season, next week in China. Some interesting first round matchups will have the attention of the whole world as players try to jockey for a strong position next week.


Match #1:
The top seed, and recent Wellington champion, Jelena Dokic, is hoping to transfer her success to the larger stage in Tokyo. A strong competitor, she is favored to take the title again, but will face strong competition in the later rounds, however in the first round she faces Dubravka Cupac, trying to make the very difficult transition from ITF events to the main tour, she couldn't have gotten a worse draw in the first round. She'll consider this tournament a success if she can just make it close against the dominant Dokic.

Match #2:
Carly Gullickson had a promising start to the season in Sydney, but decided to take the week of Wellington off, which many are calling a smart move because we have seen fer too many tour players go down to injury due to a loaded schedule. She'll try to make her return here, and improve on her showing in Sydney, where she just missed adavncing to the second round. She'll face newcomer BlinX who is making his debut on the tour this week. BlinX is a virtual unknown, which is always dangerous. Gullickson will have to do her homework if she wants to fare well against the Canadian.

Match #3:
Rossana Neffa-De Los Rios and Anne Keothavong both have to be pleased with this draw. Neither have made it out of the first round at either tournament this year, so one of them will have to in Tokyo, and this could prove their big breakthrough. Britain is desperately seeking a female player to put their hopes behind, and that could very well be Keothavong, but she'll have to get past the fiesty Neffa-De Los Rios to do so. Look for this to be a hard-fought and close match between the two.

Match #4:
Elena Dementieva has struggled this year, and defaualted before her match in Wellington against Mary Pierce. She is facing HectorMagnus who has been so close to breaking through on a couple of occasions this year, often being just a few points away from a victory. He'll be looking to make his breakthrough here in Tokyo and be primed for the first Grand Slam of the season.

Match #5:
Flavia Pennetta is thrilled that, due to the indefinite layoff of Samantha Stosur, and the fact that Leo_DFP is taking a rest week, she has received a seeding here. She is going up against the other unknown in the draw Barbara Schett of Austria. Pennetta has shown great potential all year and will be looking to take advantage of her fortunate posistion against the newcomer. Schett will be dangerous though, and Pennetta will have to be on the lookout for a surprise.

Match #6:
Mary Pierce was a late withdrawal from Wellington, much to the dismay of tournament organizers, and it will be interesting to see how she builds on the mild quarterfinal success she had in Sydney. Maria Sharapova took advantage of a depleted section of the draw (hmm, sound familiar?) and was able to advance to the Wellington quarterfinals and will look to pounce on the possibly rusty Mary Pierce and move on once again, placing herself ins trong position for next week. Look for this match to be very close.

Match #7:
Marie-Eve Pelletier is considered by many to be the best non-seeded player in the draw, and has been the victim of bad draws as of late. She is hoping to finally advance far in a draw against newcomer marcobarella. No one has seen marcobarella play so this could be an interesting challenge for Pelletier, but she should be experienced enough to come through this easily, but she definitely needs to be on upset alert mode.

Match #8:
Silvia Farina Elia has struggled this year, losing in first rounds and going through a multitude of coaches. She is trying to settle down here in Tokyo, but is going up against Anna Kounikova, who has two finals already this year, but has somehow found a tournament victory elusive (;)), she is the main choice to upset Dokic here though, and she will try to silence her critics with a strong win here.

Everyone haave fun...first round questions coming VERY shortly.
 
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