Love -- Yes, yes it is. This is the first time I've been happy that my cable provider no longer has Tennis Channel in its lineup. Five days of watching that purple background in HD would have killed my eyes. (The tournament streams every day at ESPN3, where the colors are more muted.) Anyone know where this tournament is being played, by the way? (Reader @joemcampos writes of the court: "Why so serious?" If you've seen "The Dark Knight," you know what he means. And if you haven't seen "The Dark Knight," really?)
15 -- In the first day of action at the year-end WTA Championships, seeds held to form in the red group as No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki held off No. 8 Agnieszka Radwasnka in three sets, 5-7, 6-2, 6-4, and No. 3 Petra Kvitova easily dispatched No. 6 Vera Zvonareva, 6-2, 6-4. The white group (get it, red and white?) takes to the court on Wednesday with Samantha Stosur vs. Victoria Azarenka; Maria Sharapova vs. Li Na. A red group match between Caroline Wozniacki and Vera Zvonareva caps the day from Istanbul.
30 -- Voting in the WTA's 2011 Fan Favorite awards began Tuesday and extends through the end of the month. You can vote for the year's top singles player, doubles team and breakthrough player on the WTA's Facebook page or at the link at the beginning of this blurb.
40 -- Our votes, for what it's worth: Li Na, Huber/Raymond and Petra Kvitova, respectively. I can't say I could defend the Li Na pick all that much seeing as how she collapsed at the end of the season. On the strength of her Australian Open and French Open performances, plus the historic nature of her first Grand Slam title, gives her the nod.
Game -- Tweet of the day:
I can't relate to that at all. (Picks up iPhone for 20th time since beginning this post.)