All Americans Out of the Pool at WTA Charleston
Posted on April 17, 2009
Even with the Williams sisters entered, there were no American players left at the Family Circle Cup after the completion of the third round on Thursday.
Serena Williams withdrew before the tournament even began with a thigh injury. Big sister Venus lost on Thursday in a shock straight-set exit to No. 16-seeded German Sabine Lisicko 6-4, 7-6(5).
The two remaining Americans managed only seven games between them in losses on the clay. Unseeded Varvara Lepchenko was rolled 6-1, 6-1 by top-seeded Elena Dementieva of Russia. Qualifier Melanie Oudin lost 6-4, 6-1 to No. 6-seeded Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli.
Other winners Thursday into the quarterfinals were (13) Virginie Razzano over (3) Vera Zvonareva who retired in the first ste with injury; Melinda Czink upsetting (4) Nadia Petrova in three sets; (5) Caroline Wozniacki besting (10) Peng Shuai; (7) Dominika Cibulkova outlasting Anastasia Rodionova in three; and unseeded Russian Elena Vesnina defeating Viktoriya Kutuzova.