In previous years, the post Davis Cup, pre Fed Cup/Monte Carlo week in mid April had been downright irrelevant but not this season, as Houston, Copenhagen and Barcelona all have had good fields with decent story lines.
Lets begin with the women as Caroline Wozniacki has played pretty solid much of the week at home, which is no easy task considering the enormous amount of attention she (and her in attendance boyfriend Rory McIlroy) receive. You want to know who much: there was a betting line established as to whether Rory would propose to her this week, when they have not even been dating or a year.
Wozniacki overcame Petra Martic 6-3 6-2? in the semis and will face the rising Angelique Kerber, who trounced Jelena Jankovic 62 61. Wozniacki is 2-0 versus the German, but the lefthander is much better player than she was at the time last year and can hurt her.