California has been quite the hotbed of activity on the WTA tour the past couple of weeks with super-strong draws at the first two stops in the U.S. Open Series.
Stanford last week had both Williams sisters and Elena Dementieva among the top talent going for the title (which was won by Marion Bartoli), while this week's L.A. event has five top 10 players competing, led by world number-one Dinara Safina. Vera Zvonareva's there, with Nadia Petrova and Victoria Azarenka among the players, too.
The round of 16 is nearly full, and I think there are a few interesting storylines going on out there:
• Is Zvonareva healthy?
• Can Ana Ivanovic show some kind of return to form?
• How will young guns Azarenka and Caroline Wozniacki make out?
GoToTennis is giving blow-by-blow accounts of the action there on its Twitter page if you want more of the scoop. I'm just going along for the ride!
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