I was thinking about Kaia Kanepi today, wondering what she was up to in the U.S. Open Series, and I just learned that she is the top qualifying seed in Cincinnati. Kanepi will face Hsieh-Su-Wei in the first round of qualifying. If she wins that, she will play the winner of the match between Nuria Llagostera Vives and Shenay Perry.
Helping at the main draw ceremony will be Sabine Lisicki, who is returning to the tour after a long injury layoff. Maria Sharapova will play on the opening night of the tournament.
Qualifying takes place this weekend.