The draw ceremony of the ASB Classic featured the Top 8 seeds, pictured in order from left to right.
Peng Shuai, the No.2 seed, had a breakthrough 2011, starting the year No.72 and going as high as No.14.
Julia Goerges, the No.5 seed, also had a breakthrough 2011, winning Stuttgart and cracking the Top 20.
Roberta Vinci, the No.6 seed, won three WTA titles in 2011 and cracked the Top 20 for the first time.
Yanina Wickmayer was the 2010 champion in Auckland, a finalist in 2011, and the No.7 seed this year.
Elena Vesnina and Sabine Lisicki at the player welcome dinner. Lisicki was this year's No.1 seed.
Katarina Srebotnik and Kveta Peschke are the defending doubles champions at the ASB Classic.
Romanians Sorana Cirstea and Monica Niculescu at the dinner. Niculescu was this year's No.8 seed.
Svetlana Kuznetsova, the No.3 seed this year, is a two-time Grand Slam champion and former No.2.
Yanina Wickmayer toweled off during her first round win over Czech qualifier Karolina Pliskova.
Julia Goerges met Greta Arn at the net after beating the defending champion in a thriller, 75 36 64.
Monica Niculescu toughed out the first set then rolled to victory against Jamie Hampton, 76(1) 61.
Elena Vesnina rejoiced after upsetting the No.6 seed, Roberta Vinci, in the second round, 63 64.
No.4 seed Flavia Pennetta cruised through her first three rounds of the week without losing a set.
Angelique Kerber got past fellow Germans Julia Goerges and Sabine Lisicki to reach the semifinals.