With the demise of the Acura Classic in San Diego (I know--I hate it, too), the Rogers Cup has taken on even more significance, since it is now the only Tier I tournament in the 2008 U.S. Open Series. One of eight women will win it on Sunday.
THE TOP PLAYERS
Jelena Jankovic: Will she win the title like we know she can, or will her knee (or her back, or her stomach...) betray her and cause her to limp around the court again?
Dinara Safina: Will she seal her spot as the "it" player of the season by winning another U.S. Open Series contest?
Svetlana Kuznetsova: Will the eternal Russian head case be able to forget where she is and just play her superb, athletically dazzling game?
Marion Bartoli: If her serve is on and her body is healthy (see "Jankovic"), she could regain some respect.
Ai Sugiyama: The former top 10 standout has suddenly returned--if not to the top--to the elite section of draws. Can she win another one?
Victoria Azarenka: She gets into finals but doesn't win them. Will her fortunes change in Montreal?
Dominika Cibulkova: We knew she was good on clay, and now she's showing us she is just as good on hard courts. She has to get past Jankovic first, though.
Tamira Paszek: She has had a very disappointing season, but the breakthrough seems to be in progress.