Andrea Petkovic Wins Family Circle Cup


(April 6, 2014) In a week full of surprises in Charleston, 14th seed Andrea Petkovic won the Family Circle Cup for her first WTA Premier level tournament title with a 7-5, 6-2 win over Jana Cepelova of Slovakia on Sunday. This is her third WTA tournament crown, first in three years since she won the Strasbourg title in 2011.

Petkkovic knocked out three top ten seeds on the road to the title – No. 4 Sabine Lisicki, No. 9 Lucie Safarova and No. 6 Eugenie Bouchard.

The German who was once No. 9 in the world before being beset by injuries, is currently at No. 40 in the world will move into the top thirty with the victory.

No. 78 Cepelova beat No. 1 Serena Williams in the second round of the tournament. She’ll see her ranking rise into the top 50 for the first time.

At the end of the match Petkovic dropped on the ground in celebrations before she came to the net and hugged her opponent.

“I don’t know why but I just sort of broke down,” Petkovic said. “I was happy. Normally I don’t cry when I’m sad – I cry when I’m happy, strangely, so it’s weird, but I don’t know. I was just so relieved and proud that I’ve come back from all these injuries, and I never thought I would play in the finals of the big tournaments again, and so I was just proud and happy and everything just sort of came together.”

Petkovic takes home $120,000 for the win.


Tennis – WTA Results and Schedules for Charleston and Monterrey


Charleston, USA
March 31-April 6, 2014
Green Clay/Outdoors


Results – Saturday, April 5, 2014
Singles – Semifinals
(14) Andrea Petkovic (GER) d. (6) Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) 16 63 75
Jana Cepelova (SVK) d. (Q) Belinda Bencic (SUI) 64 57 76(7)


Doubles – Semifinals
Medina Garrigues/Shvedova (ESP/KAZ) d. (3) Kops-Jones/Spears (USA/USA) 75 67(5) 108 (Match TB)
Chan/Chan (TPE/TPE) d. Kudryavtseva/Rodionova (RUS/AUS) 62 31 ret. (Rodionova: concussion)


Order Of Play – Sunday, April 6, 2014
Billie Jean King (from 11.00hrs)
1. Doubles Final: Medina Garrigues/Shvedova vs. Chan/Chan
2. Singles Final: Jana Cepelova vs. Andrea Petkovic (NB 13.00hrs)

Monterrey, México
March 31-April 6, 2014


Results – Saturday, April 5, 2014
Singles – Semifinals
(2) Ana Ivanovic (SRB) d. (3) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) 76(5) 64
Jovana Jaksic (SRB) d. Kimiko Date-Krumm (JPN) 67(5) 64 64


Doubles – Semifinals
(1) Babos/Govortsova (HUN/BLR) d. (4) Date-Krumm/Ka.Pliskova (JPN/CZE) w/o (Date-Krumm: right leg injury)


Order Of Play – Sunday, April 6, 2014
Cancha Central (from 16.00hrs)
1. Doubles Final: Babos/Govortsova vs. Jurak/Moulton-Levy
2. Singles Final: Jovana Jaksic vs. Ana Ivanovic (NB 18.00hrs)



Tennis – WTA Results and Schedules for Charleston and Monterrey


Charleston, USA
March 31-April 6, 2014
Green Clay/Outdoors

Results – Friday, April 4, 2014
Singles – Quarterfinals
(6) Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) d  (2) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) 63 46 63
(Q) Belinda Bencic (SUI) d. (3) Sara Errani (ITA) 46 62 61
(14) Andrea Petkovic (GER) d. (9) Lucie Safarova (CZE) 63 16 61
Jana Cepelova (SVK) d. (12) Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) 62 61

Doubles – Quarterfinals
Kudryavtseva/Rodionova (RUS/AUS) d. (4) Goerges/Groenefeld (GER/GER) 61 64
Medina Garrigues/Shvedova (ESP/KAZ) d. Erakovic/Parra Santonja (NZL/ESP) 62 61

Order Of Play – Saturday, April 5, 2014
Billie Jean King (from 13.00hrs)
1. Andrea Petkovic vs. Eugenie Bouchard
2. Jana Cepelova vs. Belinda Bencic
3. Kudryavtseva/Rodionova vs. Chan/Chan
4. Medina Garrigues/Shvedova vs. Kops-Jones/Spears


Monterrey, México
March 31-April 6, 2014

Results – Friday, April 4, 2014
Singles – Quarterfinals
(2) Ana Ivanovic (SRB) d. (6) Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) 61 06 62
(3) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) d. Karolina Pliskova (CZE) 67(3) 63 63
Kimiko Date-Krumm (JPN) d. (8) Monica Puig (PUR) 64 67(2) 64
Jovana Jaksic (SRB) d. (Q) Julia Boserup (USA) 63 60

Doubles – Semifinals
(3) Jurak/Moulton-Levy (CRO/USA) d. (2) Dabrowski/Kalashnikova (CAN/GEO) 46 64 108 (Match TB)

Doubles – Quarterfinals
(4) Date-Krumm/Pliskova (JPN/CZE) d. Sanchez/Vandeweghe (USA/USA) 76(5) 63

Order Of Play - Saturday, April 5, 2014
Cancha Central (from 16.00hrs)
1. Kimiko Date-Krumm vs. Jovana Jaksic
2. Caroline Wozniacki vs. Ana Ivanovic
3. Babos/Govortsova vs. Date-Krumm/Pliskova (after suitable rest)


Bouchard Tops Venus Williams at Family Circle Cup


Eugenie Bouchard

Eugenie Bouchard

(April 3, 2014) Eugenie Bouchard rallied past Venus Williams 7-6 (6), 2-6, 6-4 to reach the Family Circle cup quarterfinals in Charleston.

The No. 6 seed Bouchard fought off two set points in the first set, but the former world No. 1 Venus Williams took four out of the next five games to close out the set. The 33-year old Williams took over in the second set, and took a 2-1 lead in the third. The 20-year-old broke Williams’ serve twice in the third set including the last game to take the match, winning five out of the last seven games of the match.

“I think I’ve shown to myself how mentally strong I can be,” Bouchard said to media “Today was really a mental battle. It was a bit ugly at times and tough on the court, but I fought through it.”

Bouchard explained that she raised her game and held her own during the crucial points during the match.

It was a challenging week for No. 11 seed Venus Williams who suffers from Sjogren’s syndrome. Williams said she was ill  with a “bug” and it limited her stamina during her matches. She was forced to rally in her first two matches.

Bouchard will play No. 2 seed Jelena Jankovic next.

RESULTS – APRIL 03, 2014
Singles – Third Round

[2] J Jankovic (SRB) d A Tomljanovic (CRO) 75 61
[3] S Errani (ITA) d S Peng (CHN) 76(6) 76(5)
[14] A Petkovic (GER) d [4] S Lisicki (GER) 61 60
[6] E Bouchard (CAN) d [11] V Williams (USA) 76(6) 26 64
[9] L Safarova (CZE) d [7] S Stosur (AUS) 36 64 64
[12] D Hantuchova (SVK) d T Pereira (BRA) 62 63
J Cepelova (SVK) d [13] E Vesnina (RUS) 76(4) 36 63
[Q] B Bencic (SUI) d E Svitolina (UKR) 67(4) 64 61

Doubles – Quarterfinals

[3] R Kops-Jones (USA) / A Spears (USA) d [WC] J Jankovic (SRB) / A Petkovic (GER) 64 16 16-14
[PR] H Chan (TPE) / Y Chan (TPE) d [WC] S Cirstea (ROU) / M Kirilenko (RUS) 63 46 10-8
First Round
M Erakovic (NZL) / A Parra Santonja (ESP) d [1] S Hsieh (TPE) / S Peng (CHN) 54 Retired

BILLIE JEAN KING start 11:00 am
M Erakovic (NZL) / A Parra Santonja (ESP) vs A Medina Garrigues (ESP) / Y Shvedova (KAZ)

Not Before 1:00 pm
[6] E Bouchard (CAN) vs [2] J Jankovic (SRB)
[9] L Safarova (CZE) vs [14] A Petkovic (GER)
[3] S Errani (ITA) vs [Q] B Bencic (SUI)

Not Before 7:00 pm
J Cepelova (SVK) vs [12] D Hantuchova (SVK)
A Kudryavtseva (RUS) / A Rodionova (AUS) vs [4] J Goerges (GER) / A Groenefeld (GER)


Venus Williams Battles Back, While Sloane Stephens Falls in Charleston

Venus celebrates

(April 2, 2014) A day after the upset of her sister Serena, Venus Williams had to battle back in both sets of her 7-5, 7-5 win over Chanelle Scheepers to move into the third round of the Family Circle Cup in Charleston on Wednesday.

No. 28 Venus Williams who said that she is ill on Tuesday, said that she’s dealing with it.

“I’m still dealing with the bug, but my goal is just to hang in there until it hopefully goes away and then I can just continue to play my way into the tournament and play stronger,” she said to media “But it’s definitely a challenge.”

Venus Williams suffers from Sjogren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disease.

No. 18 Sloane Stephens fell to teenager Elina Svitolina 6-4, 6-4 earlier on Wednesday. For the Ukrainian who is ranked 35 in the world, it’s her fourth win over a top 20 player. The others include Svetlana Kuznetsova, Roberta Vinci and Eugenie Bouchard.

RESULTS – APRIL 02, 2014
Singles – Second Round
[2] J Jankovic (SRB) d L Davis (USA) 60 63
[3] S Errani (ITA) d [Q] K Bertens (NED) 63 00 Retired
[4] S Lisicki (GER) d V King (USA) 75 46 63
E Svitolina (UKR) d [5] S Stephens (USA) 64 64
[11] V Williams (USA) d C Scheepers (RSA) 75 75
[12] D Hantuchova (SVK) d [Q] G Min (USA) 62 63
[13] E Vesnina (RUS) d P Cetkovska (CZE) 36 62 64
[14] A Petkovic (GER) d L Dominguez Lino (ESP) 60 60
S Peng (CHN) d [15] M Keys (USA) 61 67(3) 76(4)
A Tomljanovic (CRO) d [16] S Zhang (CHN) 46 76(4) 63
[Q] B Bencic (SUI) d M Erakovic (NZL) 62 61

Doubles – First Round
[PR] H Chan (TPE) / Y Chan (TPE) d [2] K Peschke (CZE) / L Safarova (CZE) 64 64
[3] R Kops-Jones (USA) / A Spears (USA) d [Alt] J Gajdosova (AUS) / S Zheng (CHN) 63 36 11-9
A Medina Garrigues (ESP) / Y Shvedova (KAZ) d [WC] E Bouchard (CAN) / T Townsend (USA) 67(0) 63 10-7
A Kudryavtseva (RUS) / A Rodionova (AUS) d M Lucic-Baroni (CRO) / N Petrova (RUS) 62 26 10-3

BILLIE JEAN KING start 11:00 am
[3] S Errani (ITA) vs S Peng (CHN)

Not Before 1:00 pm
[6] E Bouchard (CAN) vs [11] V Williams (USA)
[14] A Petkovic (GER) vs [4] S Lisicki (GER)
A Tomljanovic (CRO) vs [2] J Jankovic (SRB)

Not Before 7:00 pm
[7] S Stosur (AUS) vs [9] L Safarova (CZE)
[WC] S Cirstea (ROU) / M Kirilenko (RUS) vs [PR] H Chan (TPE) / Y Chan (TPE)

ALTHEA GIBSON start 11:00 am
[12] D Hantuchova (SVK) vs T Pereira (BRA)
J Cepelova (SVK) vs [13] E Vesnina (RUS)
[Q] B Bencic (SUI) vs E Svitolina (UKR)
[1] S Hsieh (TPE) / S Peng (CHN) vs M Erakovic (NZL) / A Parra Santonja (ESP)
After Suitable Rest – [3] R Kops-Jones (USA) / A Spears (USA) vs [WC] J Jankovic (SRB) / A Petkovic (GER)


Tennis – WTA Results and Schedules for Charleston and Monterrey


Charleston, USA
March 31-April 6, 2014
Green Clay/Outdoors

Results – Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Singles – Second Round
Jana Cepelova (SVK) d. (1) Serena Williams (USA) 64 64
(6) Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) d. (Q) Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS) 62 60
(7) Samantha Stosur (AUS) d. Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) 63 57 61
Teliana Pereira (BRA) d. (8) Sorana Cirstea (ROU) 36 63 76(0)
(9) Lucie Safarova (CZE) d. Virginie Razzano (FRA) 26 64 64

Singles – First Round
(11) Venus Williams (USA) d. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) 63 06 75
(12) Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) d. (WC) Shelby Rogers (USA) 75 75
(13) Elena Vesnina (RUS) d. Anna Schmiedlova (SVK) 62 61
(14) Andrea Petkovic (GER) d. (Q) Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) 67(2) 64 61
(16) Zhang Shuai (CHN) d. Hsieh Su-Wei (TPE) 36 76(5) 76(0)
Peng Shuai (CHN) d. Caroline Garcia (FRA) 62 63
Marina Erakovic (NZL) d. (WC) Nadia Petrova (RUS) 46 63 64
Vania King (USA) d. Julia Glushko (ISR) 46 75 63
Lourdes Domínguez Lino (ESP) d. Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) 63 62

Doubles – First Round
(4) Goerges/Groenefeld (GER/GER) d. Husarova/Lepchenko (SVK/USA) 62 67(3) 105 (Match TB)
(WC) Jankovic/Petkovic (SRB/GER) d. Huber/Raymond (USA/USA) 75 26 107 (Match TB)
(WC) Cirstea/Kirilenko (ROU/RUS) d. Rosolska/Scheepers (POL/RSA) 46 63 119 (Match TB)

Order Of Play – Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Billie Jean King (from 10.00hrs)
1. Elina Svitolina vs. Sloane Stephens
2. Vania King vs. Sabine Lisicki
3. Sara Errani vs. Kiki Bertens
4. Chanelle Scheepers vs. Venus Williams
5. Lauren Davis vs. Jelena Jankovic (NB 19.00hrs)
6. Kops-Jones/Spears vs. Gajdosova/Zheng

Althea Gibson (from 10.00hrs)
1. Petra Cetkovska vs. Elena Vesnina
2. Peng Shuai vs. Madison Keys
3. Andrea Petkovic vs. Lourdes Domínguez Lino
4. Zhang Shuai vs. Ajla Tomljanovic
5. Lucic-Baroni/Petrova vs. Kudryavtseva/Rodionova

Court 3 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Daniela Hantuchova vs. Grace Min
2. Belinda Bencic vs. Marina Erakovic (NB 12.30hrs)
3. Medina Garrigues/Shvedova vs. Bouchard/Townsend
4. Chan/Chan vs. Peschke/Safarova

Monterrey, México
March 31-April 6, 2014

Results – Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Singles – First Round
(2) Ana Ivanovic (SRB) d. Urszula Radwanska (POL) 46 63 63
(3) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) d. Coco Vandeweghe (USA) 63 76(4)
(Q) Julia Boserup (USA) d. (4/WC) Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) 64 16 62
(6) Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) d. Olga Govortsova (BLR) 63 36 62
(8) Monica Puig (PUR) d. Olga Puchkova (RUS) 60 63
(Q) Luksika Kumkhum (THA) d. (Q) Dalila Jakupovic (SLO) 75 60
(Q) Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) d. (WC) Marcela Zacarias (MEX) 36 60 61

Doubles – First Round
(1) Babos/Govortsova (HUN/BLR) d. Mladenovic/Panova (FRA/RUS) 63 46 1311 (Match TB)
(2) Dabrowski/Kalashnikova (CAN/GEO) d. (WC) Cisneros/Fuentes (MEX/MEX) 75 16 107 (Match TB)
(3) Jurak/Moulton-Levy (CRO/USA) d. El Tabakh/Kiick (CAN/USA) 75 46 107 (Match TB)
Hesse/Hsu (FRA/USA) d. Kostova/Pérez (BUL/VEN) 63 63
Muhammad/Will (USA/USA) d. Dekmeijere/Frankova (LAT/CZE) 76(4) 75

Order Of Play - Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Cancha Central (from 15.00hrs)
1. Luksika Kumkhum vs. Jovana Jaksic
2. Kimiko Date-Krumm  vs. Timea Babos
3. Donna Vekic vs. Karolina Pliskova (NB 19.00hrs)
4. Kristina Mladenovic vs. Caroline Wozniacki

Cancha 1 (from 17.00hrs)
1. Hesse/Hsu vs. Dabrowski/Kalashnikova
2. Melichar/Windley vs. Jurak/Moulton-Levy


Serena Williams Ousted in Charleston

Serena Williams

(April 1, 2014) Serena Williams, fresh from her Sony Open win on Saturday, fell in her opening match at the Family Circle Cup in Charleston on Tuesday night to world No. 78 Jana Cepelova 6-4, 6-4.

Serena told media after the match: “I’m really just dead. I need some weeks off where I don’t think about tennis and kind of regroup. I’ve had a long couple of years, and I’m really a little fatigued.”

I think Jana played really well for her today,” she said. “The good thing is I know I can play a lot better. So it’s always really positive for me.”

“It wasn’t my day. It wasn’t meant to be.”

Sister Venus Williams had to struggle, but made it past Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 6-3, 0-6, 7-5.


RESULTS – APRIL 01, 2014
Singles – Second Round

J Cepelova (SVK) d [1] S Williams (USA) 64 64
[6] E Bouchard (CAN) d [Q] A Kudryavtseva (RUS) 62 60
[7] S Stosur (AUS) d Y Shvedova (KAZ) 63 57 61
T Pereira (BRA) d [8] S Cirstea (ROU) 36 63 76(0)
[9] L Safarova (CZE) d V Razzano (FRA) 26 64 64
First Round
[11] V Williams (USA) d B Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) 63 06 75
[12] D Hantuchova (SVK) d [WC] S Rogers (USA) 75 75
[13] E Vesnina (RUS) d A Schmiedlova (SVK) 62 61
[14] A Petkovic (GER) d [Q] L Tsurenko (UKR) 67(2) 64 61
[16] S Zhang (CHN) d S Hsieh (TPE) 36 76(5) 76(0)
S Peng (CHN) d C Garcia (FRA) 62 63
M Erakovic (NZL) d [WC] N Petrova (RUS) 46 63 64
L Dominguez Lino (ESP) d A Medina Garrigues (ESP) 63 62
V King (USA) d J Glushko (ISR) 46 75 63

Doubles – First Round

[4] J Goerges (GER) / A Groenefeld (GER) d J Husarova (SVK) / V Lepchenko (USA) 62 67(3) 10-5
[WC] J Jankovic (SRB) / A Petkovic (GER) d L Huber (USA) / L Raymond (USA) 75 26 10-7
[WC] S Cirstea (ROU) / M Kirilenko (RUS) d A Rosolska (POL) / C Scheepers (RSA) 46 63 11-9

BILLIE JEAN KING start 10:00 am
E Svitolina (UKR) vs [5] S Stephens (USA)
V King (USA) vs [4] S Lisicki (GER)
[3] S Errani (ITA) vs [Q] K Bertens (NED)
C Scheepers (RSA) vs [11] V Williams (USA)

Not Before 7:00 pm
L Davis (USA) vs [2] J Jankovic (SRB)
[3] R Kops-Jones (USA) / A Spears (USA) vs [Alt] J Gajdosova (AUS) / S Zheng (CHN)

ALTHEA GIBSON start 10:00 am
P Cetkovska (CZE) vs [13] E Vesnina (RUS)
S Peng (CHN) vs [15] M Keys (USA)
[14] A Petkovic (GER) vs L Dominguez Lino (ESP)
[16] S Zhang (CHN) vs A Tomljanovic (CRO)
M Lucic-Baroni (CRO) / N Petrova (RUS) vs A Kudryavtseva (RUS) / A Rodionova (AUS)

COURT 3 start 11:00 am
[12] D Hantuchova (SVK) vs [Q] G Min (USA)

Not Before 12:30 pm
[Q] B Bencic (SUI) vs M Erakovic (NZL)
A Medina Garrigues (ESP) / Y Shvedova (KAZ) vs [WC] E Bouchard (CAN) / T Townsend (USA)
[PR] H Chan (TPE) / Y Chan (TPE) vs [2] K Peschke (CZE) / L Safarova (CZE)


Tennis – WTA Round-up for Charleston and Monterrey


Charleston, USA
March 31-April 6, 2014
Green Clay/Outdoors

Results – Monday, March 31, 2014
Singles – First Round
(9) Lucie Safarova (CZE) d. Johanna Larsson (SWE) 62 63
(Q) Belinda Bencic (SUI) d. (10) Maria Kirilenko (RUS) 61 75
(15) Madison Keys (USA) d. Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (CRO) 76(0) 76(3)
Elina Svitolina (UKR) d. (Q) Jarmila Gajdosova (AUS) 61 57 76(5)
Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) d. (Q) Zheng Saisai (CHN) 62 36 75
Lauren Davis (USA) d. Dinah Pfizenmaier (GER) 61 64
Ajla Tomljanovic (CRO) d. Stefanie Voegele (SUI) 67(4) 61 75 (saved 1mp)
Chanelle Scheepers (RSA) d. Alison Riske (USA) 46 62 63
Jana Cepelova (SVK) d. (WC) Melanie Oudin (USA) 76(2) 62
Virginie Razzano (FRA) d. Julia Goerges (GER) 60 57 62
Petra Cetkovska (CZE) d. Varvara Lepchenko (USA) 61 26 60
Teliana Pereira (BRA) d. Patricia Mayr-Achleitner (AUT) 61 76(5)
(Q) Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS) d. Christina McHale (USA) 63 75
(Q) Kiki Bertens (NED) d. Paula Ormaechea (ARG) 75 36 63
(Q) Grace Min (USA) d. (Q) Michelle Larcher de Brito (POR) 63 16 63

Order Of Play – Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Billie Jean King (from 10.00hrs)
1. Daniela Hantuchova vs. Shelby Rogers
2. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova vs. Venus Williams (NB 11.30hrs)
3. Samantha Stosur vs. Yaroslava Shvedova
4. Eugenie Bouchard vs. Alla Kudryavtseva
5. Serena Williams vs. Jana Cepelova (NB 19.00hrs)
6. Husarova/Lepchenko vs. Goerges/Groenefeld

Althea Gibson (from 10.00hrs)
1. Zhang Shuai vs. Hsieh Su-Wei
2. Andrea Petkovic vs. Lesia Tsurenko
3. Teliana Pereira vs. Sorana Cirstea
4. Virginie Razzano vs. Lucie Safarova
5. Rosolska/Scheepers vs. Cirstea/Kirilenko

Court 3 (from 10.00hrs)
1. Vania King vs. Julia Glushko
2. Anabel Medina Garrigues vs. Lourdes Domínguez Lino
3. Marina Erakovic vs. Nadia Petrova
4. Huber/Raymond vs. Jankovic/Petkovic

Court 4 (from 12.00hrs)
1. Anna Schmiedlova vs. Elena Vesnina
2. Caroline Garcia vs. Peng Shuai (NB 14.00hrs)




Monterrey, México
March 31-April 6, 2014

Results – Monday, March 31, 2014
Singles – First Round
Kimiko Date-Krumm (JPN) d. (1) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) 75 62
Donna Vekic (CRO) d. (5) Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP) 76(5) 76(2)
Jovana Jaksic (SRB) d. (7) Karin Knapp (ITA) 63 64
Karolina Pliskova (CZE) d. Shahar Peer (ISR) 63 63
Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) d. Johanna Konta (GBR) 64 62
Ayumi Morita (JPN) d. Monica Niculescu (ROU) 64 36 76(1) (saved 2mp)
Timea Babos (HUN) d. (WC) Ximena Hermoso (MEX) 61 62
Allie Kiick (USA) d. Tadeja Majeric (SLO) 64 63
Nicole Gibbs (USA) d. Andrea Hlavackova (CZE) 63 64

Doubles – First Round
Melichar/Windley (USA/GBR) d. (WC) Rodríguez/Zacarías (MEX/MEX) 62 57 108 (Match TB)

Singles Qualifying – Final Round
(1) Luksika Kumkhum (THA) d. (5) Sachia Vickery (USA) 63 61
(3) Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) d. Heidi El Tabakh (CAN) 46 63 62
Dalila Jakupovic (SLO) d. (4) Adriana Pérez (VEN) 62 64
Julia Boserup (USA) d. (7) Gabriela Dabrowski (CAN) 64 75

Order Of Play – Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Cancha Central (from 11.00hrs)
1. Magdalena Rybarikova vs. Olga Govortsova
2. Olga Puchkova vs. Monica Puig
3. Kirsten Flipkens vs. Julia Boserup (NB 15.00hrs)
4. Aleksandra Wozniak vs. Marcela Zacarías
5. Coco Vandeweghe vs. Caroline Wozniacki (NB 19.00hrs)
6. Urszula Radwanska vs. Ana Ivanovic

Cancha 1 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Luksika Kumkhum vs. Dalila Jakupovic
2. El Tabakh/Kiick vs. Jurak/Moulton-Levy
3. Cisneros/Fuentes vs. Dabrowski/Kalashnikova (NB 15.00hrs)
4. Babos/Govortsova vs. Mladenovic/Panova (after suitable rest)

Cancha 2 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Kostova/Pérez vs. Hesse/Hsu
2. Muhammad/Will vs. Dekmeijere/Frankova


Venus Williams to Play Charleston


Venus William SP

(February 13, 2014) Venus Williams, former World No. 1 and 2004 Family Circle Cup Champion, has officially entered the 2014 Family Circle Cup. Younger sister, Serena Williams, Jelena Jankovic and Sloane Stephens join Venus Williams, a seven-time Grand Slam singles champion for the 42nd tournament, March 29 – April 6 in Charleston, South Carolina.


The 2014 Family Circle Cup will mark V. Williams’ seventh appearance in Charleston, where she holds a 17-5 record. In 2013, Venus Williams made a return to the Cup’s final four, losing in the semifinal to sister and World No. 1 Serena Williams. The match marked the first time the sisters met in singles since 2009, and the first time on clay since 2002.


“I love traveling to Charleston and playing in a stadium where the fans always get behind me,” said Venus Williams. “The Family Circle Cup has come to have a special place in my heart, and a tournament I always look forward to.”


The 2013 season marked Venus Williams’ 16th time in the WTA’s Top 50. She’s won 44 WTA singles titles, the second most among active players and the seventh highest of all time. Along with her singles accomplishments, Williams has amassed 21 doubles titles, including 13 Grand Slam championships and three Olympic gold medals.


Serena Williams to Play Charleston in 2014

Serena Williams (photo from FamilyCircleCup.com)

Serena Williams (photo from FamilyCircleCup.com)

(October 7, 2013) 2013 Family Circle Cup champion and World No. 1 Serena Williams, will return to Charleston to defend her title for the 42nd Family Circle Cup, March 29th – April 6th, 2014.
Williams has a 22-4 record at the event, currently on a 15-match winning streak stemming from her 2008, 2012 and 2013 victories.

“With our past champion and World No. 1 returning to Charleston, our fans will experience the very best that women’s tennis has to offer,” said Eleanor Adams, Tournament Manager. “Serena is setting the bar high for our strong player field – no doubt she will be the one every other player and fan will be watching.”

“The Family Circle Cup is one of my favorite stops on the WTA Tour,” said Serena Williams. “Charleston feels like home to me – the fans are so supportive, the restaurants are great and the tournament so historic.  I’m looking forward to this spring to defend my title for the second year in a row”.