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 - Feb 23 WTA - Feb 23
1 Novak Djokovic1 Serena Williams
2 Roger Federer2 Maria Sharapova
3 Andy Murray3 Simona Halep
4 Rafael Nadal4 Petra Kvitova
5 Kei Nishikori5 Caroline Wozniacki
6 Milos Raonic6 Ana Ivanovic
7 Stan Wawrinka7 Eugenie Bouchard
8 Tomas Berdych8 Agnieszka Radwanska
9 David Ferrer9 Ekaterina Makarova
10 Grigor Dimitrov10 Andrea Petkovic
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