Agnieszka Radwanska was forced to withdraw from the Family Circle Cup due to a back injury.Â Marking the tournamentâ€™s 40th year, the Family Circle Cup is being held through April 8, 2012 at the Family Circle Tennis Center in the Best Tennis Town in America, Charleston, S.C.
â€œWeâ€™re as disappointed as our fans to lose our top seed, and we wish Agnieszka a quick recoveryâ€ said Bob Moran, Family Circle Cup Tournament Director.Â â€œWe have an outstanding player field that includes six former champions and many of todayâ€™s biggest names in womenâ€™s tennis.â€
Several seeded players within the Singles Main Draw will be repositioned as prescribed by WTA regulations:
If the No. 1 seed withdraws the following must take place.
The 3rd seed ( MARION BARTOLI ) will take that spot
The 5th seed ( SERENA WILLIAMS ) takes the open 3rd seed position,
The 9th seed ( LUCIE SAFAROVA ) takes the 5th seed position,
The 13th seed ( NADIA PETROVA ) takes the 9th seed position.
The next player to be seeded ( MARINA ERAKOVIC ) will take the open 13th seeded position, and
The next eligible player into the draw ( a QUALIFIER or LUCKY LOSER as qualifying is currently in progress ) takes the remaining position created by this move.
These moves are done to create a balanced draw prior to the release of the schedule of play
â€œ’I'm very sorry that I can’t play in Charleston this year. I played there a few years ago and was really looking forward to returning,” said Radwanska.Â â€œI know it is a great event and a beautiful city, so hopefully I can come back and play there next year.â€
“While I am excited that I won the Sony Ericsson Open I am disappointed that I have to withdraw from the Family Circle Cup in Charleston. I was really looking forward to playing the event this year.” added Radwanska.