The DFS Classic in Birmingham has finally received some good news with the announcement that reigning champion Jelena Jankovic intends to defend her title at this year's event.
The future of the tournament has come into question in recent weeks following the Lawn Tennis Association's bombshell they were putting the competition, which has been held at Edgbaston Priory Club for more than a quarter of a century, out to tender from 2010.
Organisers and Birmingham City Council have met with the LTA to try to keep the event and Jankovic's decision to return to Birmingham will do no harm at all.
The world No 5 has an excellent record at EPC in recent seasons, having reached two finals, including last year's victory over Maria Sharapova, in the last four years.
In a thrilling final last year, Jankovic beat Sharapova, who had claimed the Maud Watson Trophy in 2004 and 2005, in three closely-contested sets and she has had an impressive start to 2008, reaching semi-finals at the Australian Open, Dubai, and Indian Wells and finishing runner-up in Miami.
The DFS Classic was one of four titles that Jankovic won during 2007, which was a breakthrough year for the young Serb.
The other titles were at WTA Tour events in Auckland, Charleston and Rome, while she finished as runner-up in Sydney, s-Hertogenbosch, Toronto and Beijing.
Jankovic also became a Grand Slam champion when she entertained the crowds at the All England Club, teaming up with Jamie Murray to win the Mixed Doubles title.
But Sharapova's is the big name that the organisers really want present for the tournament which runs between June 7-15. Tickets for the week are available from the box office on 0871 945 3000.