"It's not like we said die tournament winner had to walk across the George Washington Bridge naked," said John Korff, the tournament director, who was already exasperated by the withdrawals of Anna Kournikova and Mirjana Lucie. "The winner got a chance to play Steffi Graf in a sold-out stadium and make a bunch of extra money. It sounds like a pretty good deal to me."
Li got the call and this time she not only was punctual but also won the first set, 6-3, displaying die savvy shotmaking that has helped her reach No. 42 in the rankings. Graf won the match, but Li pocketed $5,000 and was thankful for die chance. "It was good, because I had never played her," Li said. "But maybe I was a little tired because it was such a crazy week."
—L. Jon Wertheim