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 - Aug 25 WTA - Aug 25
1 Novak Djokovic1 Serena Williams
2 Rafael Nadal2 Simona Halep
3 Roger Federer3 Na Li
4 Stan Wawrinka4 Petra Kvitova
5 David Ferrer5 Agnieszka Radwanska
6 Milos Raonic6 Maria Sharapova
7 Tomas Berdych7 Angelique Kerber
8 Grigor Dimitrov8 Eugenie Bouchard
9 Andy Murray9 Ana Ivanovic
10 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga10 Jelena Jankovic
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