Two WTA tournaments this week, and the Davis Cup quarterfinals featuring Italy at Canada, Serbia at the U.S., France at Argentina, and the Czech Republic at Kazakhstan.
Family Circle Cup
Charleston, S.C., USA
Surface: green clay
Seeds: Serena Williams, Caroline Wozniacki, Samantha Stosur, Sloane Stephens, Venus Williams, Lucie Safarova, Carla Suarez Navarro, Mona Barthel, Jelena Jankovic, Julia Goerges, Sorana Cirstea, Varvara Lepchenko, Tamira Paszek, Yaroslava Shvedova, Sabine Lisicki, Laura Robson
Floaters: (WC) Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Madison Keys, Melanie Oudin, Daniela Hantuchova, Francesca Schiavone
Notes: The Top 8 seeds receive opening-round byes, with potentially tough openers including (4) Stephens vs. the upset specialist Mattek-Sands (if she can get by Anastasia Rodionova in her opener), (9) Jankovic vs. Oudin who she has lost to before, (3) Stosur after a bye potentially vs. Hantuchova, and the same with (2) Wozniacki vs. the former Slam winner Schiavone…wildcards went to Mattek-Sands, German Andrea Petkovic, American Taylor Townsend and Wozniacki…qualifying to the main draw were Canadian Eugenie Bouchard, Italian Nastassja Burnett, France’s Caroline Garcia, Americans Vania King, Mallory Burdette, Grace Min, and Jessica Pegula, and Brazil’s Teliana Pereira…notable pulls from the field were Sara Errani (thigh), Kaia Kanepi, and Heather Watson (left adductor)…former champs in the field of the tournament that dates to 1973 are Serena Williams (2012,’08), Wozniacki (2011), Stosur (2010), Lisicki (2009), Jankovic (2007), and Venus Williams (2004).
Seeds: Angelique Kerber, Marion Bartoli, Maria Kirilenko, Ana Ivanovic, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Yanina Wickmayer, Urszula Radwanska, Ayumi Morita
Floaters: Vera Dushevina, Kimiko Date-Krumm, Coco Vandeweghe
Notes: Interesting start for (2) Bartoli vs. the free-swinging American Vandeweghe…wildcards went to (4) Ivanovic and Mexicans Ximena Hermoso and Ana Sof�a Sanchez…notable pulls from the draw were Victoria Azarenka (right ankle, missed a chunk of cash), Kirsten Flipkens, Aleksandra Wozniak (shoulder), and Vera Zvonareva (shoulder)…Returning former champs in the field are Pavlyuchenkova (2011-10) and Bartoli (2009).
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