Serena Williams Out, Dementieva Top Seeded at WTA Charleston


Posted on April 11, 2009

Serena Williams' withdrawal due to injury leaves Russian Elena Dementieva as the top seed this week at the Family Circle Cup in Charleston.

Also among the Top 8 seeds are Venus Williams, Vera Zvonareva, Nadia Petrova, Caroline Wozniacki, Marion Bartoli, Dominika Cibulkova and Patty Schnyder.

Wildcards went to Dementieva, Americans Mallory Cecil and Alexandra Stevenson, and Russian Anastasia Pivovarova.

Venus Williams could meet India's Sania Mirza in her opener after a bye.

Serena Williams is unable to defend her title due to a thigh injury, which contributed to a first-round loss last week in Marbella. In last year's Charleston final, Williams edged No. 9 seed Vera Zvonareva 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.

Rankings
ATP - Sep 15 WTA - Sep 15
1 Novak Djokovic1 Serena Williams
2 Rafael Nadal2 Simona Halep
3 Roger Federer3 Petra Kvitova
4 Stan Wawrinka4 Maria Sharapova
5 David Ferrer5 Agnieszka Radwanska
6 Milos Raonic6 Na Li
7 Tomas Berdych7 Eugenie Bouchard
8 Kei Nishikori8 Angelique Kerber
9 Marin Cilic9 Caroline Wozniacki
10 Grigor Dimitrov10 Ana Ivanovic
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