The women's draw of the East West Bank Classic in LA was just posted and Svetlana Kuznetsova is nowhere to be found.
No word yet as to the reason for her withdrawal, but given what's happened with JJ, Lindsay, Venus, and Serena, I'm going to go with knee injury. Yup, knee injury.
ETA: Sveta got a late entry into Montreal last week.
Surprisingly, JJ and Serena are still on the draw sheet, though I suspect that at least Serena will withdraw before her match on Wednesday. She could be facing the hard hitting Alisa Kleybanova and if given the chance, Kleybanova will definitely move Serena around the court with her deep flat shots. It's a tough matchup for the injured ReRe in either event and she would be wise to skip this event and instead try and get a last minute entry in to Montreal.
Even though JJ is injured she should take pleasure in the fact that she has the weakest draw. There's no one who will threaten her in the early rounds and she's set to meet Zvonereva in the quarters though Bepa will have to get through last year's finalist, Nadia Petrova, to get there.
Dinara "Baby Beluga" Safina is In the bottom half of JJ's draw. She could have a tricky matchup with Alla "Fashion Police" Kudryavtseva in the third round. The next top seed in this quarter is Victoria Azarenka, who I don't think will give Beluga to much of a problem.
On the other half we have Serena's draw, which is tricky for the reasons mentioned above. The next highest seed is Dani H., who isn't playing well, but Nikkie V. is also in this quarter. I know we shouldn't expect anything from her, but I have a feeling she is going to take the momentum gained from Wimbly and take it into the hard court season. Her campaign could start here with a run to the finals, as, next to Serena, she has the most power in the draw and can just blast people off the court.
The other side of Serena's draw contains all the crafty kids, Patty Schnyder and A Chak to be specific. Whoever makes it out of this half is going to get blown off the court in the semis by whoever comes out of the bottom half (probably Vaidisova).
All this is to say that I think JJ will take the title if her knee holds up and her fitness is in order (and there are questions about both). A win would make her the new temporary #1 until Montreal.