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Daily Bagel: How WTA Tour will look without Serena Williams

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• Video: The top hot shots from the Monte Carlo Masters, starting with Andreas Seppi's sweet tweener winner.

• What will the WTA Tour look like after Serena Williams and Li Na -- two 32-year-olds ranked No. 1 and No. 2, respectively -- call it quits? Chris Oddo highlights the 20-and-under players who will help shape the tour's future, including Eugenie Bouchard and Belinda Bencic.

Speaking of Bencic: CNN.com profiles the 17-year-old Swiss, the youngest player in the top 100, who is coached by Martina Hingis' mother.

• Todd Spiker of WTA Backspin recaps an eventful Fed Cup weekend.

• Steve Tignor assesses the fallout from Monte Carlo, where Rafael Nadal lost in eye-opening fashion and Novak Djokovic struggled with a wrist injury.

Can we imagine a clay season without Nadal and Djokovic in the pole positions? It would be a land of opportunity for those who haven’t seen much of it on dirt in recent years. Two of those could be the men who did reach the Monte Carlo final, [Roger] Federer and [Stanislas] Wawrinka.

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This weekend was not the end of Rafole; they’re still the favorites to reach the French final. And it wasn’t a sign of the imminent collapse of the Big 4; one of them was still in action on Sunday, as always. But where Monte Carlo has traditionally been the week when Nadal, and in recent years Djokovic, begin to slam the clay-season door shut on everyone else, this week the tournament cracked that door open just a little bit wider.

Video: Maria Sharapova, Rafael Nadal and Grigor Dimitrov are featured with other athletes in a new Nike ad:

Stanislas Wawrinka used his backhand to great effect in the Monte Carlo final.

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