Jelena Jankovic, who injured her back in Australia while experimenting with a new service motion, is in doubt for Fed Cup this weekend.
Svetlana Kuznetsova has replaced Ekaterina Makarova on the Russian Fed Cup team. Shamil Tarpishchev-1, Kuznetsova-0.
For the 5th consecutive year, SMASH magazine will sponsor the SMASH Junior Cup, presented by Dunlop Sport. The event, held in Charleston, is one of only two junior events in the U.S. that gives tops juniors a chance to compete for a wild card invitation into a Sony Ericsson WTA Tour premier event. The winner of the Girls 18 division of the SMASH Junior Cup gets a wild card into the 2010 Family Circle Cup qualifying draw. The tournament will be held February 20-22. Last year's winner was Alison Riske.
File under "things I wish I didn't know": Ari Fleischer is doing media consulting for the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour.
Maria Sharapova is part of the Nike "Lace Up, Save Lives" campaign. 100% of the profits from sale of Nike's red laces goes to programs that provide prevention and treatment of AIDS in Africa. (via Women's Tennis Blog)