Western & Southern Financial Group Womens Open lacks top players. It looks like this Premier 5 category tournament with total Prize Money of $2,000,000 doesn't even look like a Premier 5 event. After earlier withdrawl of the world number one, Serena Williams, who is undergoing a foot surgery and will hardly play before the US Open, her elder sister, world #4 Venus Williams, was forced to withdraw as well. A left knee injury has been bothering Venus Williams since the Championships where she lost to a surprising semifinalist, Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria.
Unfortunately, not only Williams sisters will miss this year's Cincinnati tournament. Today, the unofficial news (on twitter) said that the Australian number one Samantha Stosur withdrew as well and as you can see, it's now official, she's not in the main draw. Another player who was doubtful to compete next week is world #2 Jelena Jankovic of Serbia, who suffers from ankle injury. Jankovic got injured in Portoroz during her match against Yakimova and felt pain again in the second round match against Alisa Kleybanova in San Diego on Wednesday. She will still compete as the highest seed and it's not a bad draw for her as she will meet two qualifiers in her next two matches and has a BYE in the first round as a top seed.
Another big name missing in the field is world #14 Justine Henin, former world number one and a multiple Grand Slam winner. Henin, the same as V.Williams, hasn't played any match since Wimbledon and is still injured and even doubtful for the last Grand Slam of the season.
Will we see top tennis next week as this is one of the biggest tournament? We will find out next week.