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 - Jul 21 WTA - Jul 21
1 Novak Djokovic1 Serena Williams
2 Rafael Nadal2 Na Li
3 Roger Federer3 Simona Halep
4 Stan Wawrinka4 Petra Kvitova
5 Tomas Berdych5 Agnieszka Radwanska
6 David Ferrer6 Maria Sharapova
7 Milos Raonic7 Eugenie Bouchard
8 Juan Martin Del Potro8 Angelique Kerber
9 Grigor Dimitrov9 Jelena Jankovic
10 Andy Murray10 Victoria Azarenka
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