Never realized how much difference two weeks make in tennis Strongest Playing Field in Cincinnati Tennis History Announced
"Only 44 men and 45 women are given direct acceptance into each singles draw, and the last man on the preliminary list is ranked No. 44 while the last woman is ranked No. 49. '
"The women kick off play first, and 18 of the top 20 are in the field, led by world No. 1 Dinara Safina as well as Serena Williams ... They will be joined by former world No. 1 Kim Clijsters who is making her return to the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour in Cincinnati.
The men’s tournament is equally stacked, with French Open and Wimbledon champion and newly re-seated world No. 1 Roger Federer looking to add a third Cincinnati title. No. 2 Rafael Nadal... Andy Roddick ... No. 3 Andy Murray .. Novak Djokovic , and fan favorite James Blake (who are these fans and why is he a favorite?)
That's a US Open field.
It also has a better TV schedule:
8/10 - 8/16Western & Southern Financial Group Women's OpenThurs 8/13 5:00 - 9:00 pm Tennis Channel
Fri 8/14 5:00 - 7:00 pm ESPN2
9:00 pm - 1:00 am Tennis Channel
Sat 8/15 1:00 - 3:00 pm ESPN2
11:00 pm - 1:00 am Tennis Channel
Sun 8/16 4:00 - 6:00 pm ESPN2
8:00 - 9:30 pm Tennis Channel