WTA Previews: Serena Goes for 3 in a Row at Charleston
by Staff | March 30th, 2014, 11:12 pm
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Family Circle Cup
Charleston, S.C.; Surface: clay

Seeds: Serena Williams, Jelena Jankovic, Sara Errani, Sabine Lisicki, Sloane Stephens, Eugenie Bouchard, Samantha Stosur, Sorana Cirstea, Lucie Safarova, Maria Kirilenko, Venus Williams, Daniela Hantuchova, Elena Vesnina, Andrea Petkovic, Madison Keys, Zhang Shuai


Floaters: (Q) Belinda Bencic

Notes: Serena is shooting for her third Charleston title in a row…Surprising lack of floaters…(10) Maria Kirilenko vs. (Q) Bencic could be interesting…Wildcards went to Melanie Oudin, Nadia Petrova, and Shelby Rogers…Qualifying to the main draw were Swiss Belinda Bencic, Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens, Aussie Jarmila Gajdoeova, Russian Alla Kudryavtseva, Portugal’s Michelle Larcher de Brito, American Grace Min, the Ukraine’s Lesia Tsurenko, and China’s Zheng Saisai…Notable pulls from the event were Alize Cornet, Casey Dellacqua, Svetlana Kuznetsova, and Bethanie Mattek-Sands…Former champs in the field are Serena Williams (2013,’12,’08), Stosur (2010), Jankovic (2007), Nadia Petrova (2006), and Venus Williams (2004).

Monterrey Open
Monterrey, Mexico; Surface: hard

Seeds: Flavia Pennetta, Ana Ivanovic, Caroline Wozniacki, Kirsten Flipkens, Garbine Muguruza, Magdalena Rybyrikova, Karin Knapp, Monica Puig

Floaters: Donna Vekic, Coco Vandeweghe

Notes: (1) Pennetta starts against Kimiko Date-Krumm, and (2) Ivanovic vs. Urszula Radwanska…Interesting starts for (5) Murguruza vs. Vekic, and (3) Woz vs. Vandeweghe…Wildcards went to Belgian Kirsten Flipkens, and Mexicans Ximena Hermoso and Marcela Zacarias…Pulling from the event were Victoria Azarenka (finger), Nadiya Kichenok, Mandy Minella and Laura Robson…Anastasia Pavlyuchecnkova beat Angie Kerber in last year’s final…Timea Babos (2012) is the lone returning champ in the field.


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