Unless you're among the qualifiers for the season-ending championships in Doha next week, this week pretty much wraps up the season on the main WTA tour.
The Bell Challenge in Quebec is the last event before most of the players head into the brief off-season. It's a Tier III event, but kind of unique in that if you were to look at players that have won it in the past, you wouldn't think it was at that level: Lindsay Davenport, Maria Sharapova, Jennifer Capriati, Amy Frazier, Chanda Rubin, Nathalie Tauziat—pretty big names all.
This year, the top seed is Nadia Petrova, who has been on a pretty decent run indoors. But the story of the week so far has been Melanie Oudin, who took out the number-two seed in the first round and has now made it to the quarterfinals. I'd have to go with Petrova to win the whole event seeing as how she's had way more success than anyone in the draw. You never know, though, how things will play out. Maybe Oudin's mini-run so far will continue until she picks up the title. This little event is keeping my attention.
An old friend of mine and I used to talk tennis for hours, whether it was our own games or what was happening in the pros. I've started Tennis Talk, Anyone? to, well, talk tennis with an even broader crowd! My name is Van Sias and I've been playing for 20 years now, and not only am I player, I'm a huge fan of the game as well: pro, amateur, you name it. I'll post links to news items related to the sport, and offer my own personal opinion, predictions and hopefully get some of yours as well.