...is one week away, and story lines are a-poppin'. On the men's side 3 of last year's semifinalists will be absent, including the 2016 champ Stan Wawrinka. Like him, Kei Nishikori and Novak have injuries. And Murray and Federer will be less than 100%. Rafa seems healthiest among the big 4, and his #1 ranking makes him the favorite. Three Americans, Jack Sock, John Isner, and Sam Querry are in and ranked in the top 20, but all in the lowest quadrent. Excitement follow the young up-and-comers, Dominic Thiem, Nick Kyrgios, and Alexander Zverev. Last year's champ will be delivering, no, not serves, but a newborn. Venus(#9) may not get her in the stands for her matches. Madison Keys is our only other top 20 player. Sloane Stephens has been a disappointment, but just had a good tournament. And based on her performance yesterday, where Garbine Muguruza shellacked Simona Halep, the Spaniard looks like a good bet. Carolina Pliskova and Elena Svitolina are given good chances also. Long suspended Maria Sharapova has a wild card. Vika Azarenka is embroiled in a legal problem that may prevent her from talking her baby out of California, causing her to withdraw. Samantha Stosur is out with a hand injury.