Li Na, still not recovered from a serious injury, has withdrawn from the East West Bank Classic in Los Angeles this week. She will be replaced by a lucky loser.
And the word is that Amelie Mauresmo is skipping the entire U.S. Open series, something she hinted, via her coach, that she might do. The presumption is that she will not play in the U.S. Open, but one never knows. It was after a terrible period of exhaustion and frustration in 2005 that she came back and won the Year-End Championships. At any rate, I imagine we will see her during indoor carpet season. It just isn't the same without her.