The Australian Open entry list is out, and there are a couple of surprises on it. Evgenia Linetskaya, who I understood was retiring from tennis (and I'm glad she isn't), is in the main draw. So is Elena Likhovtseva, who I thought might be retiring, and who may indeed retire next year.
Speaking of Russians--missing form the list is Vera Dushevina, who is injured.
Some talented players will be competing to qualify for the main draw. These include Yuliana Fedak, Ayumi Morita, Ahsha Rolle, and Zheng Jie, who is returning from a long injury layoff. Bethanie Mattek will also be trying to qualify; it has been a while now since she re-designed her game, so it will be interesting to see what 2008 brings.
Eight wild cards and twelve qualifiers will join the main draw in time.