Madison Square Garden New York, NY:
MONDAY’S FIRST-ROUND MATCHES:
Arantxa Sanchez Vicario (4) vs. Irina Spirlea
Conchita Martinez (7) vs. Dominique Van Roost
Steffi Graf is a five-time winner, capturing the season-ending tournament in 1987, ’89, ’93, ’95 and ’96…Graf has won 10 straight matches since returning from wrist surgery, including titles at the Sparkassen Cup and Advanta Championships…Monica Seles is a three- time winner (1990-92)…Top prize is worth $500,000…Jana Novotna is the defending champion, defeating Mary Pierce in last year’s final.