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Petrova and Suarez withdrew today....as I mentioned before that more players will pull out...Angie widjaja is in qualifying round now..
 

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Updated:

Jennifer Capriati replaced Dechy on Feb 10.
Likhovsetva replaced Petrova
Mandula replaced Suarez

I thought that J cap will not make it...
 

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I think there's a good chance Jen will play. She was added as a wildcard a week ago, and I doubt she would ask for a wildcard if she was only 50/50. She is reported to be near full health so as long as she feels good, she will likely play.
 

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i'll be very surprised if Jennifer and Venus play here...
Venus is already in Dubai ready to play.
 

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wow...Venus plays......may be..it is about money apperance...I heard Dubai pays top money for top player...I do not now how much...from what I heard...all players like to play this tournament....they got many priviledges....free shopping vouchers, etc
 

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Mauresmo and Testud withdrew...replaced by Vento and Anca Barna....

Justine may pull out also as she did pull out last minute at Proximus Diamond...doubt that she would fly all the way to Dubai...unless US$ 500000 appearance money is part of it..
 

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Half a million dollars appearance money is hard to refuse for a few days work.

In men's tennis Sampras and Agassi received sums in that neighborhood. In women's i think it is a bit less but for sure it's well into the 6 figure range for Williams sisters, Kournikova and now maybe Henin as well.
 

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Justine has until Wednesday or Thursday to recover from her illness... it's plenty of time...
Her points for Dubai title come off allready next Monday, which means if Clijsters win in Antwerpen she will close the gap by 300-400 points.

Does Kim play another tournament before Pacific Life (IW)?
 

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Dubai is very prestige events and have plenty money to spend...
So I am not surprised if they have offered Venus for US$ 500 K..why not..play one or two days...voucher for duty free....same thing as Qatar is trying to get Serena for the same amount of money....

The problem is..it makes the sport not pure anymore...but at the same time..if those players do not make money now.how they will secure their future life if they do not play or even forgotten...we, as society, intend to do that...it is like you left someone HIGH if they win..and drop them as soon as they lose.....

Tough call !
 

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Mauresmo and Testud withdrew...replaced by Vento and Anca Barna....

Justine may pull out also as she did pull out last minute at Proximus Diamond...doubt that she would fly all the way to Dubai...unless US$ 500000 appearance money is part of it..
I hope Maria Vento will be able to play....
 

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According to WTA..Amelie is still healing......for sure she is not playing...Vento is still playing as far as I know..

I am trying to call to get latest update who is pulling out....hm..may be still early there....
 
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