Day One of the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, S.C., saw few big names take the court, but success for some up-and-coming American players.
Former collegiate and American qualifier Irina Falconi topped Slovak Magdalena Rybarikova 7-6(9), 7-5, and American Christina McHale defeated British qualifier Heather Watson 5-7, 6-3, 7-6(3) in first-round play.
Falconi’s win sets her for a second-round meeting with world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki.
Some American veterans were also successful as Jill Craybas beat American wildcard Shelby Rogers 3-6, 6-2, 6-0, and Vania King upset No. 16 seed Vera Dushevina 6-4, 7-6(7).
Seeds advancing were No. 11 Peng Shuai of China who defeated American qualifier Sloane Stephens 6-2, 6-1; No. 12 Julia Goerges who beat Belarus’ Olga Govortsova 7-5, 6-4 and No. 14-seeded American Bethanie Mattek-Sands who eased past American qualifier Alexandra “Dr. A” Stevenson 6-2, 6-1.
“It was really windy out there,” Mattek-Sands said. “The flag lies — whatever way the flag is blowing, it’s the opposite on the court! Alexandra has been playing a lot better. She’s feeling confident this year. I’m happy to win today.”
South African Chanelle Scheepers upset No. 13 Patty Schnyder in straights in what was likely the last appearance in Charleston for the Swiss veteran.
Other Top 10-ranked players in the Charleston field are Sam Stosur, Jelena Jankovic and Marion Bartoli.
Matches to watch for Tuesday in Charleston include Melanie Oudin vs. Tamira Paszek, Christina McHale vs. Alisa Kleybanova, Zheng Jie vs. Yanina Wickmayer, Shahar Peer vs. Sofia Arvidsson, Edina Gallovits-Hall vs. American Jamie Hampton, Vania King vs. Sania Mirza, Maria Kirilenko vs. American Varvara Lepchenko, and Anna Tatishvili vs. Jelena Dokic.
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