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 - Apr 14 WTA - Apr 14
1 Rafael Nadal1 Serena Williams
2 Novak Djokovic2 Na Li
3 Stanislas Wawrinka3 Agnieszka Radwanska
4 Roger Federer4 Victoria Azarenka
5 Tomas Berdych5 Simona Halep
6 David Ferrer6 Petra Kvitova
7 Juan Martin Del Potro7 Angelique Kerber
8 Andy Murray8 Jelena Jankovic
9 Richard Gasquet9 Maria Sharapova
10 Milos Raonic10 Dominika Cibulkova
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