Qualifying is complete in San Diego, and play begins tomorrow. Some first round matches of particular interest:
Gisela Dulko v. Tatiana Golovin--Golovin should win, but on those occasions when Dulko can still find her form, she can be dangerous.
Kateryna Bondarenko v. Sybille Bammer--Bondarenko's game has improved a whole lot; this should be a good one.
Alla Kudryavtseva v. Julia Vakulenko--This should go to Vakulenko, but Kudryavtseva gave Venus Williams a lot of trouble at Wimbledon. Can she be just as troublesome on a hard court?
Alona Bondarenko v. Peng Shuai--A match I wish I could see. Bondarenko has become a very solid player, but when Peng is on, she can take down almost anyone.
Michaella Krajicek v. Yuliana Fedak--Fedak's game has improved a lot this year, though she hasn't been so lucky lately. Still, the match could be interesting. Fedak had to win two qualifying rounds to get into the main draw, but she will have her hands full with Krajicek.
And finally...Shahar Peer v. Sania Mirza--It is quite unfortunate that the two some-time doubles partners must meet in the first round. Mirza just finished as a finalist in Stanford, and Peer, though inconsistent, has the ability to hang in and play very tough.