World number 1 Victoria Azarenka is scheduled to play in Stuttgart later this month, but says that she may not play until the Madrid tournament in early May. Azarenka is getting some rest after winning 26 straight matches. Her streak was ended by Marion Bartoli in Miami.
Kim Clijsters, who has a tear in her hip muscle, says she hopes to be able to play in Madrid.
Canadian player Rebecca Marino is taking an indefinite leave from tennis because of mental and physical exhaustion.
Melanie Oudin's two qualifying match victories in Charleston over the weekend marked the first time in 17 months that she has won two consecutive matches. She lost to Anabel Medina Garrigues in the first round of main draw play.
Bobby Chintapalli reminds us of the significance of Natasha Zvereva's words at the Family Circle Cup trophy presentation in 1989.
And finally (don't read this if you're alone in the dark and the wind is howling), don't say Maria Sharapova didn't warn you: The Radwanska may be coming to get you. All you can do is try to be prepared.