2014/04/18

Serena Williams Wins Third Family Circle Cup

 

By Stephanie Neppl

 

(April 7, 2013) CHARLESTON, SC – For the second year in a row, Serena Williams is queen of the green clay. In the first three-set final since Serena beat Vera Zvonareva in 2008, the world No. 1 came back from a set down to win her third title in Charleston 3-6 6-0 6-2 over Jelena Jankovic.

 

On a perfectly sunny Sunday, Williams and Jankovic took the court for the first clay court match since 2010, which the Serb won in a third set tie-breaker.

 

On Sunday, both women showed the crowd why their head to head was 5-4 and played a match full of great rallies and clay court sliding. Williams had several break points on both of Jankovic’s first two service games but failed to capitalize in a 10-minute game. The next game, Jankovic broke Williams at love and the momentum was firmly in her favor. She held, then broke again to take the first set 6-3.

 

Williams broke immediately at the start of set two and reeled off six games in a row to bagel her opponent for the first time in their 10 matches. Williams broke early again in the third and was able to break again and serve out the match to win her 49th career title.

 

Coming off a win in Miami and now Charleston, Williams said she never goes into a tournament expecting to lose.

 

” I just expect to do the best I can,” she said. “If that meant that I won, then that’s great and if it meant that I lost but I played a good match, then I have to learn to be okay with that.”

 

Before she heads onto the red clay, Williams said she was keen to go home for a bit and didn’t plan any celebration other than sleeping in her own bed. “The last three weeks have been intense. I don’t really celebrate so much anymore,” she said.

 

Williams’ win was her third title of 2013, and she is expected to hold on to the No. 1 ranking at least through May 6, according to the WTA.

 

Jankovic, who had been on a 10-match winning streak on clay and said she thought she’d had a great week. “I think I did a great job. I fought very well. I played some good tennis throughout the week, and you know, today playing Serena was great, too. It’s been a while since I played against her, so it’s always fun to play against a champion like her.”

 

The Serbian said there is a reason why Serena is the world’s top ranked player and said she felt she’d given her best on the court. “She is serving very well and she hits the ball harder than anyone else. Physically she is the strongest out there.”

 

The doubles title was won by Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic and Kristina Mladenovic who defeated Andrea Hlavackova and Liezel Huber 6‑3, 7‑6 (6).

 

Stephanie Neppl was covering the Family Circle Cup for Tennis Panorama News. She spends all her spare funds traveling to tennis tournaments and has played since her teen years. She has worked as Social Media Manager for Tennis Auckland’s ATP and WTA tournaments. Follow her personal Twitter @stephintheus and her blog  http://ihaveatennisaddiction.blogspot.com.

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Family Circle Cup final set: Serena Williams vs Jelena Jankovic

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By Stephanie Neppl

(April 6, 2013) CHARLESTON, SC – Jelena Jankovic has one of the better head-to-head records against world No. 1 Serena Williams, but she is not willing to divulge why she thinks that’s the case.

 

“If I’m going to give you the keys to my success, that wouldn’t be good. So I’m going to keep those cards in my sleeves still,” she said after here win over Stefanie Voegele to advance to the title match at the Family Circle Cup in Charleston.

 

Jankovic will face Williams, who leads their match ups 5-4, in Sunday’s final. The only time the two have played on clay was a classic final in Rome 2008, which Jankovic won in a third set tiebreaker.

 

On Saturday afternoon, Jankovic needed three sets to advance to the final in ousting Voegele, who had knocked out No. 2 seed Caroline Wozniacki on Friday night. Jankovic said it was a tough match physically and mentally. “I was able to turn the match around when it really mattered, when I was tired, when I was really filled up with all these emotions,” she said.

 

Williams and Jankovic last met in the first round of the London Olympics and the Serbian said it was important not to have any fear when taking on the world No. 1. You have to believe you can win. It doesn’t matter who’s on the other side of the net. You’ve gotta go there thinking you are the better player and that you can win,” she said.

 

Williams said she’d be ready for another rematch with Jankovic. She gets a lot of balls back and likes to go down the line. I’ll be ready for her. She’s been playing well, I think, the past month; she’s been really consistent. So I’ll have my work cut out for me.”

 

Jankovic, a former world No. 1, is having a resurgent season. She won her 13th career title in Bogota earlier this year, breaking a near-three year title drought. She reached the semifinals in Miami and is now in another final in Charleston. The Serbian won the title in 2007.

 

Meanwhile, Williams will be looking for her 49th career title and third at the Family Circle Cup.

 

The women’s singles final will be at 1pm EST on Sunday.

 

Stephanie Neppl is in Charleston covering the Family Circle Cup for Tennis Panorama News. She spends all her spare funds traveling to tennis tournaments and has played since her teen years. She has worked as Social Media Manager for Tennis Auckland’s ATP and WTA tournaments. Follow her live updates on Twitter at @TennisNewsTPN. Follow her personal Twitter @stephintheus and her blog  http://ihaveatennisaddiction.blogspot.com.

FAMILY CIRCLE CUP – CHARLESTON, SC, USA

MARCH 30 – APRIL 07, 2013

RESULTS – APRIL 06, 2013
Women’s
Singles – Semifinals

[1] S Williams (USA) d [5] V Williams (USA) 61 62
[9] J Jankovic (SRB) d S Voegele (SUI) 64 67(6) 62

Women’s
Doubles – Semifinals

[1] A Hlavackova (CZE) / L Huber (USA) d M Moulton-Levy (USA) / S Zhang (CHN) 60 62
K Mladenovic (FRA) / L Safarova (CZE) d A Barty (AUS) / A Rodionova (AUS) 61 64

ORDER OF PLAY – SUNDAY, APRIL 07, 2013
BILLIE JEAN KING start 11:00 am
[1] A Hlavackova (CZE) / L Huber (USA) vs K Mladenovic (FRA) / L Safarova (CZE)

Not Before 1:00 PM
[1] S Williams (USA) vs [9] J Jankovic (SRB)

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Semifinal Saturday with Serena and Venus Williams at the Family Circle Cup

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By Stephanie Neppl

(April 6, 2013) CHARLESTON, SC – As “We are Family” played over the loudspeakers Saturday at the Family Circle Cup, Venus and Serena Williams stepped onto the court to play in their 24th match against each other in their professional careers.

 

Who knows how many times the sisters played each other growing up, or how they performed against each other then. But on Saturday in Charleston, the sisters took the court for the first time in more than three years and for the first time since both had gone through major health issues.

 

They were also coming off playing back to back matches on Friday when rain cancelled most matches on Thursday.

 

Serena’s 6-1, 6-2 victory was a one-sided affair and the most lopsided scoreline in their head to head, which Serena now leads 14-10. Serena hit few errors and six aces while Venus hit eight double faults and only served at 53%.

 

After the match, Serena said she thought that the fact she and Venus were both playing their third match in two days was a big factor in the scoreline. Serena said it was definitely tougher for her sister.

 

“I mean she’ll never admit it, ever, but I don’t think she was 100 percent.  But you will never get that out of her, and quite frankly, three matches for her is much tougher than three matches for me. And so you know, it’s definitely not easy, because I’m struggling, and I can’t imagine what she must be feeling.”

 

Serena said her big sister had a great week, “I feel like, honestly, if she hadn’t had to play so many matches, it would have been a much tougher match.”

 

But Venus said she thought the conditions were the same for both players. “I felt pretty good actually. So you know, it would have been nicer to have more spaces between the matches, but it did not work out.”

 

Venus thought overall she had a great week. “I think this is some of the best I’ve felt in a very long time. So for me it’s something to build on. And obviously Serena is playing extremely well, and it’s great to see her at No. 1 and just fulfilling every dream.”

 

The world No. 1 advances to her fourth final this year, and she’ll face Jelena Jankovic.

 

Stephanie Neppl is in Charleston covering the Family Circle Cup for Tennis Panorama News. She spends all her spare funds traveling to tennis tournaments and has played since her teen years. She has worked as Social Media Manager for Tennis Auckland’s ATP and WTA tournaments. Follow her live updates on Twitter at @TennisNewsTPN. Follow her personal Twitter @stephintheus and her blog  http://ihaveatennisaddiction.blogspot.com.

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Williams Day at the Family Circle Cup

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Venus Williams

(April 5, 2013) CHARLESTON, SC – Ticketholders to Friday’s day session got quite the schedule after rain forced the Family Circle Cup to cancel its Thursday day session due to rain.

Seven singles matches were held on Friday, and rain only slightly held up play between earlier during the first match on Althea Gibson Court.

Billie Jean King Stadium may as well have been renamed Williams stadium for the day as Venus and Serena Williams combined for four straight matches on the main court.

Venus first needed three sets to get past Vavara Lepchenko 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 before Serena took the court against Mallory Burdette. In the pair’s first meeting, Burdette cracked four aces and kept the match competitive throughout but fell 6-4, 6-2 in 77 minutes.

Burdette said she was pleased with how she played against the world #1. “I’m very happy with the way that I played today and how far I’ve come since I turned pro last fall. I love playing against the top players to see how you match up. That was really, really fun, and it’s always a great learning experience.”

Once Serena won, it was Venus’ turn to play again on Billie Jean King stadium. She faced another American in teenager Madison Keys, who had beat Bethanie Mattek-Sands 7-6(4), 6-4 earlier Friday. Keys and Venus have similar games, but Venus’ experience saw her win her second match of the day 6-4, 6-4.

Keys had this to say about Venus following the match: “She’s an amazing returner. Just put a ton of pressure on me on my serve. She can move well and she has a good serve, so it’s hard to get on the offense.”

Venus says she had played more than one match a few times in her career and hoped the crowd enjoyed the Williams show. “I was thinking it’s a quadruple header today,” she said. “Hopefully that was a lot of fun for the fans. I don’t know if that’s ever going to happen again. I hope it doesn’t. But it was a really cool thing for the tournament to do to kind of just reward the crowd for hanging in there through this weather.”

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Serena Williams

The final Williams match of the day was a rematch of the 2012 Family Circle Cup final between Serena and Lucie Safarova. In that match, the Czech managed one game but today’s contest was much tighter as Williams lost her serve twice and had to come back from 2-4 down in the first set. The world #1 said she was motivated by her sister’s victories.

“I figured if she can win two matches, I have no excuse not to win my two matches,” Serena said. “Obviously I play Venus. She’s my toughest opponent I’ve ever played, and I think she’s beaten me the most of any player.”

Serena and Venus have not faced each other since the WTA Championships in Doha in 2009, where they actually played twice, with Serena winning both matches (in round robin and the final). Serena leads their head to head 13-10.

In the bottom half of the draw, Jelena Jankovic won her ninth straight clay match of the season in quickly ousting Genie Bouchard of Canada 6-1, 6-2 for her 500th career victory. She joins both Williams sisters, Tammy Tanasugarn, Nadia Petrova, Francesca Schiavone and Flavia Pennetta as active players who have more than 500 wins.

“It’s a great achievement to get my 500th win on the WTA Tour, and hopefully I can have many more,” Jankovic said. “It’s nice. I don’t know how many players have done that, and in order to have 500 wins, I think you have to have a pretty long career, be pretty consistent.”

Jankovic will play Stefanie Voegele who upset Caroline Wozniacki.

Serena and Venus are scheduled for a 1pm start on Saturday, followed by Jankovic – Voegele.

Stephanie Neppl is in Charleston covering the Family Circle Cup for Tennis Panorama News. She spends all her spare funds traveling to tennis tournaments and has played since her teen years. She has worked as Social Media Manager for Tennis Auckland’s ATP and WTA tournaments. Follow her live updates on Twitter at @TennisNewsTPN. Follow her personal Twitter @stephintheus and her blog  http://ihaveatennisaddiction.blogspot.com.

FAMILY CIRCLE CUP – CHARLESTON, SC, USA

$ 795,707.00
MARCH 30 – APRIL 07, 2013

RESULTS – APRIL 05, 2013
Women’s
Singles – Quarterfinals

[1] S Williams (USA) d [6] L Safarova (CZE) 64 61
S Voegele (SUI) d [2] [WC] C Wozniacki (DEN) 36 64 63
[5] V Williams (USA) d M Keys (USA) 64 64
[9] J Jankovic (SRB) d [Q] E Bouchard (CAN) 62 61
Third Round
[1] S Williams (USA) d [Q] M Burdette (USA) 64 62
[5] V Williams (USA) d [12] V Lepchenko (USA) 62 46 62
[6] L Safarova (CZE) d [11] S Cirstea (ROU) 63 57 61
M Keys (USA) d [WC] B Mattek-Sands (USA) 76(4) 64

Women’s
Doubles – Quarterfinals

A Barty (AUS) / A Rodionova (AUS) d [2] R Kops-Jones (USA) / A Spears (USA) 64 36 10-6
K Mladenovic (FRA) / L Safarova (CZE) d [3] V King (USA) / L Raymond (USA) 76(5) 61
M Moulton-Levy (USA) / S Zhang (CHN) d [4] J Goerges (GER) / Y Shvedova (KAZ) 57 63 10-5

ORDER OF PLAY – SATURDAY, APRIL 06, 2013
BILLIE JEAN KING start 1:00 pm
[1] S Williams (USA) vs [5] V Williams (USA)
[9] J Jankovic (SRB) vs S Voegele (SUI)
[1] A Hlavackova (CZE) / L Huber (USA) vs M Moulton-Levy (USA) / S Zhang (CHN)
K Mladenovic (FRA) / L Safarova (CZE) vs A Barty (AUS) / A Rodionova (AUS)

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Rains Prevail Over Play in Charleston on Thursday

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By Stephanie Neppl
(April 4, 2013) CHARLESTON, SC -

Rain was forecast, and it delivered as the entire day session was wiped out. Play didn’t begin until 6.30pm, when Jelena Jankovic took on young American Jessica Pegula.

Jankovic had battled long and hard to win her first two rounds, but tonight she came out strong and bagelled Pegula in the first set. The second set was a tighter contest, with the young American going up a break and led 3-1 before Jankovic fought back to take the set and the match 6-0, 6-4. Jankovic was much less vocal on court tonight and said she wanted to stay focused and get her match completed in case the weather packed up again.

“I really wanted to come out and stay really focused and try to play some good tennis so that I could be finished before the rain,” she said. “Because you never know; it could start raining again and we’re going to be here all night.”

Jankovic was the second player through to the quarterfinals, but No. 2 seed Caroline Wozniacki didn’t have to play a single point when her opponent Andrea Petkovic withdrew. The German wild card has just returned from a few month layoff with a knee injury, and she said she’s had a right calf injury the past few days.

Petkovic later tweeted, “I had to pull out from my match with Caroline because of my right calf. It’s been troubling me for the past days and it got worse this morning. Thank you for your understanding and I truly hope it’s just a matter of days before I get better.”

That withdrawal left Julia Goerges as the only German left in the draw. Her match was moved from one court to another and back again due to weather and court issues. Eventually Goerges and Stefanie Voegele played their match on Althea Gibson Court and the Swiss came from behind to win 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 to advance to the quarterfinals of a premier tournament for the first time. She’ll face Wozniacki on Friday in the night session.

Sam Stosur and Genie Bouchard were forced to endure a lengthy start to their match as well due to issues with Billie Jean King court. The players finally stepped on the court just after 9pm and the Australian, who won the title here in 2010, was clearly still hampered by her calf injury. She quickly lost the first set 6-1 and had the trainer come out afterward to try and reinforce the taping on her calf. She tried to keep on but down 0-2 Stosur retired, sending Bouchard into the quarterfinals to face Jankovic on Friday.

The Friday schedule of play is packed with matches as the tournament tries to catch up after all matches on the top half were cancelled. Play gets underway at 11am on Friday with Venus Williams against Vavara Lepchenko, followed by Serena Williams versus Mallory Burdette.

The Friday schedule of play is packed with matches as the tournament tries to catch up after all matches on the top half were cancelled. Play gets underway at 11am on Friday with Venus Williams against Vavara Lepchenko, followed by Serena Williams versus Mallory Burdette.

Stephanie Neppl is in Charleston covering the Family Circle Cup for Tennis Panorama News. She spends all her spare funds traveling to tennis tournaments and has played since her teen years. She has worked as Social Media Manager for Tennis Auckland’s ATP and WTA tournaments. Follow her live updates on Twitter at @TennisNewsTPN. Follow her personal Twitter @stephintheus and her blog  http://ihaveatennisaddiction.blogspot.com.

FAMILY CIRCLE CUP – CHARLESTON, SC, USA
$ 795,707.00
MARCH 30 – APRIL 07, 2013

RESULTS – APRIL 04, 2013
Women’s
Singles – Third Round

[2] [WC] C Wozniacki (DEN) d [WC] A Petkovic (GER) walkover
[Q] E Bouchard (CAN) d [3] S Stosur (AUS) 61 20 Retired
[9] J Jankovic (SRB) d [Q] J Pegula (USA) 60 64
S Voegele (SUI) d [10] J Goerges (GER) 36 61 63

Women’s
Doubles – Quarterfinals

[1] A Hlavackova (CZE) / L Huber (USA) d H Chan (TPE) / O Govortsova (BLR) 63 63

ORDER OF PLAY – FRIDAY, APRIL 05, 2013
BILLIE JEAN KING start 11:00 am
[12] V Lepchenko (USA) vs [5] V Williams (USA)

Not Before 1:00 PM
[1] S Williams (USA) vs [Q] M Burdette (USA)
[WC] B Mattek-Sands (USA) or M Keys (USA) vs [12] V Lepchenko (USA) or [5] V Williams (USA) – POSSIBLE COURT CHANGE
[1] S Williams (USA) or [Q] M Burdette (USA) vs [11] S Cirstea (ROU) or [6] L Safarova (CZE)

Not Before 7:00 PM
S Voegele (SUI) vs [2] [WC] C Wozniacki (DEN)
A Barty (AUS) / A Rodionova (AUS) vs [2] R Kops-Jones (USA) / A Spears (USA)

ALTHEA GIBSON start 11:00 am
[WC] B Mattek-Sands (USA) vs M Keys (USA) 00
[11] S Cirstea (ROU) vs [6] L Safarova (CZE)
[9] J Jankovic (SRB) vs [Q] E Bouchard (CAN) or [3] S Stosur (AUS) – POSSIBLE COURT CHANGE
[4] J Goerges (GER) / Y Shvedova (KAZ) vs M Moulton-Levy (USA) / S Zhang (CHN)
K Mladenovic (FRA) / L Safarova (CZE) vs [3] V King (USA) / L Raymond (USA) – AFTER REST IF NECESSARY

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Petkovic Withdraws from Charleston

 

Andrea Petkovic

By Stephanie Neppl
(April 4, 2013) CHARLESTON – Persistent rain is delaying the start of Day 4 of the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, and there has already been a withdrawal.

Andrea Petkovic of Germany was forced to withdraw from the tournament due to a right calf injury. Petkovic injured her knee in late December during Hopman Cup play and just returned to the WTA Tour in March at Indian Wells.

The German won two rounds in Charleston and lost a first round doubles match with partner Jelena Jankovic, but Petkovic said she experienced calf pain during the past few days and decided to withdraw.

Petkovic stated, “I’m very happy that I came here – it is a very beautiful tournament and I loved every part of it here, so I hope to come back again under better conditions. I’m really sorry that I had to pull out but it was just too dangerous and I don’t want to risk anything.”

The withdrawal sends Caroline Wozniacki into the quarterfinals.

Stephanie Neppl is in Charleston covering the Family Circle Cup for Tennis Panorama News. She spends all her spare funds traveling to tennis tournaments and has played since her teen years. She has worked as Social Media Manager for Tennis Auckland’s ATP and WTA tournaments. Follow her live updates on Twitter at @TennisNewsTPN. Follow her personal Twitter @stephintheus and her blog  http://ihaveatennisaddiction.blogspot.com.

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WTA – Charleston Wednesday Results, Thursday Schedule

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FAMILY CIRCLE CUP
Charleston, SC, USA
April 1-7, 2013
$795,707/Premier
Green Clay/Outdoors

Results – Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Singles – Second Round
(2/WC) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) d. Sílvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP) 61 61
(3) Samantha Stosur (AUS) d. Marina Erakovic (NZL) 61 62
(5) Venus Williams (USA) d. Monica Puig (PUR) 62 57 63
(6) Lucie Safarova (CZE) d. Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (CRO) 75 61
(9) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) d. (Q) Caroline Garcia (FRA) 57 76(10) 63 (saved 2mp)
(10) Julia Goerges (GER) d. Olga Govortsova (BLR) 62 06 63
(Q) Mallory Burdette (USA) d. (15) Sabine Lisicki (GER) 36 76(5) 75
(Q) Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) d. (16) Laura Robson (GBR) 64 36 61
Madison Keys (USA) d. (Q) Grace Min (USA) 64 63
(WC) Andrea Petkovic (GER) d. (Q) Vania King (USA) 75 64

Doubles – First Round
(1) Hlavackova/Huber (CZE/USA) d. Erakovic/Pegula (NZL/USA) 60 64
(2) Kops-Jones/Spears (USA/USA) d. Jurak/Marosi (CRO/HUN) 61 62
(3) King/Raymond (USA/USA) d. Lepchenko/Minella (USA/LUX) 61 62
(4) Goerges/Shvedova (GER/KAZ) d. Groenefeld/Husarova (GER/SVK) 36 76(6) 1210 (Match TB)

Order Of Play – Thursday, April 4, 2013
1. Andrea Petkovic vs. Caroline Wozniacki
2. Serena Williams vs. Mallory Burdette (NB 13.00hrs)
3. Varvara Lepchenko vs. Venus Williams
4. Sorana Cirstea vs. Lucie Safarova
5. Eugenie Bouchard vs. Samantha Stosur (NB 19.00hrs)
6. Hlavackova/Huber vs. Chan/Govortsova

Althea Gibson (from 11.00hrs)
1. Bethanie Mattek-Sands vs. Madison Keys
2. Stefanie Voegele vs. Julia Goerges
3. Jessica Pegula vs. Jelena Jankovic
4. Goerges/Shvedova vs. Moulton-Levy/Zhang

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Checking in with the Germans at Family Circle Cup

 

By Stephanie Neppl

(April 3, 2013) CHARLESTON, SC – A talented German contingency is in Charleston for the 2013 Family Circle Cup, but it has been a mixed week for its top stars.

 

A year ago, four Germans were in the top 20: Andrea Petkovic (11), Sabine Lisicki (13), Julia Goerges (15) and Angelique Kerber (16). Mona Barthel was also on the upswing and was ranked No. 36. Fast forward a year, and Petkovic is out of the top 100 due to injury, Goerges and Lisicki have seen their form and rankings dip, and Kerber found herself the highest ranked German and cracked the top 5 in 2012.

 

Rankings – April 2, 2012                             Rankings – April 1, 2013

11 – Andrea Petkovic                                             6 – Angelique Kerber

13 – Sabine Lisicki                                                 29 – Mona Barthel

15 – Julia Goerges                                                 30 – Julia Goerges

16 – Angelique Kerber                                            41- Sabine Lisicki

36 – Mona Barthel                                                  139 – Andrea Petkovic

 

All but Kerber played in Charleston this week, with mixed results thus far. Barthel and Lisicki were upset early, while Goerges and Petkovic have each survived two rounds. Here’s a look at how the German quartet are looking at the start of the clay season.

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ANDREA PETKOVIC

In August 2011, Petkovic become the sixth German to ever crack the WTA Top 10 but injury after injury came her way in 2012 and she dealt with a lower back injury and ankle injury last year. Petkovic returned to the tour again in late 2012 at the Hopman Cup and suffered another injury, this time a rupture of the medial meniscus. She started on the comeback trail again at Indian Wells this year, and her ranking has dipped to No. 137 due to her many absences.

 

She was handed a wildcard for the Family Circle Cup, and she’s put it to good use with two wins, first over fellow wildcard Taylor Townsend of the US, and another over American Vania King. She next faces 2011 Family Circle Cup champ Caroline Wozniacki. The pair have faced each other three times, with the Dane leading 2-1, including a win on their only match on the clay.

 

Wozniacki said Petkovic is a dangerous opponent. “Petkovic is a good player.  She has been very unlucky with her injuries and she is obviously a player that does play on a very high level.” The two will kick off the day session at 11am Thursday.

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JULIA GOERGES

Goerges’ two career titles are both on clay (Bad Gastein in 2010 and Stuttgart in 2011) but her 2012 season saw her go 5-5 on the dirt and she’ll be looking to improve that record. On Wednesday in Charleston, Goerges managed to come back after dropping a bagel set to Olga Govortsova to advance to the third round. She’ll next face Stephanie Voegele of Switzerland, who upset No. 7 seed Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain in the second round. Goerges said she was pleased to get the win despite not playing her best. “It’s good when you get tested right away on the clay,” she said. “It’s good to have those wins under your belt and when you’re not always playing your best and winning it’s a good feeling.” Goerges and Voegele are second on Althea Gibson Court on Thursday.

 

Sabine Lisicki

Sabine Lisicki

SABINE LISICKI

Sabine Lisicki has also had her share of injuries and illness, and her ranking has dropped from #13 a year ago to its current No. 41. Lisicki made the final in Memphis in February, but retired from the match with illness after dropping the first set to Marina Erakovic of New Zealand. Lisicki loves the green clay of Charleston and it’s where she captured her biggest title back in 2009. In her first match on Tuesday, Lisicki double bageled Anna Tatishvili in just 41 minutes. Today she was a heavy favorite to beat Mallory Burdette of the US, who is ranked #99 but the Georgian pulled out the upset 3-6, 7-6, 7-5 to advance to a contest against Serena Williams.

 

Mona Barthel photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images AsiaPac

Mona Barthel photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images AsiaPac

MONA BARTHEL

Barthel is actually the lone member of the group to have a title in 2013 and the win in Paris is the biggest of her career. Barthel also finished runner-up in Hobart and she has had wins over top 10 players Sara Errani, Angelique Kerber and Marion Bartoli. She’s now the second highest ranked German, with a current ranking of No. 29. She faced the US’ Jessica Pegula in the second round on Tuesday, but the 8th seed was upset 7-6 (4), 6-1.

 

Stephanie Neppl is in Charleston covering the Family Circle Cup for Tennis Panorama News. She spends all her spare funds traveling to tennis tournaments and has played since her teen years. She has worked as Social Media Manager for Tennis Auckland’s ATP and WTA tournaments. Follow her live updates on Twitter at @TennisNewsTPN. Follow her personal Twitter @stephintheus and her blog  http://ihaveatennisaddiction.blogspot.com.

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WTA – Charleston Tuesday Results, Wednesday Schedule

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RESULTS – APRIL 02, 2013
Women’s
Singles – Second Round

[1] S Williams (USA) d C Giorgi (ITA) 62 63
[WC] B Mattek-Sands (USA) d [4] S Stephens (USA) 62 60
S Voegele (SUI) d [7] C Suarez Navarro (ESP) 62 64
[Q] J Pegula (USA) d [8] M Barthel (GER) 76(4) 61
[11] S Cirstea (ROU) d A Medina Garrigues (ESP) walkover
[12] V Lepchenko (USA) d M Johansson (FRA) 61 46 61
First Round
[9] J Jankovic (SRB) d M Oudin (USA) 64 57 64
[10] J Goerges (GER) d Y Putintseva (KAZ) 62 63
[Q] V King (USA) d [14] Y Shvedova (KAZ) 46 61 64
[15] S Lisicki (GER) d A Tatishvili (GEO) 60 60
[16] L Robson (GBR) d E Cabeza Candela (ESP) 62 62
M Lucic-Baroni (CRO) d R Oprandi (SUI) 46 61 63
M Keys (USA) d A Cadantu (ROU) 76(3) 64
M Erakovic (NZL) d D Hantuchova (SVK) 76(2) 64

Women’s
Doubles – First Round

H Chan (TPE) / O Govortsova (BLR) d L Dekmeijere (LAT) / T Malek (GER) 62 62
M Moulton-Levy (USA) / S Zhang (CHN) d [WC] J Alawi (BUL) / D Kanakova (CZE) 64 62
K Mladenovic (FRA) / L Safarova (CZE) d [WC] J Jankovic (SRB) / A Petkovic (GER) 64 62

ORDER OF PLAY – WEDNESDAY, APRIL 03, 2013
BILLIE JEAN KING start 10:00 am
O Govortsova (BLR) vs [10] J Goerges (GER)
S Soler-Espinosa (ESP) vs [2] [WC] C Wozniacki (DEN)
M Erakovic (NZL) vs [3] S Stosur (AUS)
M Lucic-Baroni (CRO) vs [6] L Safarova (CZE)

Not Before 7:00 PM
M Puig (PUR) vs [5] V Williams (USA)
D Jurak (CRO) / K Marosi (HUN) vs [2] R Kops-Jones (USA) / A Spears (USA)

ALTHEA GIBSON start 10:00 am
M Keys (USA) vs [Q] G Min (USA)
[Q] M Burdette (USA) vs [15] S Lisicki (GER)
[Q] V King (USA) vs [WC] A Petkovic (GER)
[Q] C Garcia (FRA) vs [9] J Jankovic (SRB)
[1] A Hlavackova (CZE) / L Huber (USA) vs [Alt] M Erakovic (NZL) / J Pegula (USA)

COURT 3 start 11:00 am
[16] L Robson (GBR) vs [Q] E Bouchard (CAN)
[4] J Goerges (GER) / Y Shvedova (KAZ) vs A Groenefeld (GER) / J Husarova (SVK)
A Barty (AUS) / A Rodionova (AUS) vs N Grandin (RSA) / V Uhlirova (CZE)
V Lepchenko (USA) / M Minella (LUX) vs [3] V King (USA) / L Raymond (USA)

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Jankovic Survives Oudin in Charleston

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By Stephanie Neppl

(April 2, 2013) CHARLESTON, SC – Former No. 1 Jelena Jankovic survived a tough three-set battle with American Melanie Oudin in the first round of the Family Circle Cup on Tuesday.

The Serbian had lost her two previous match ups with the American, and admitted Oudin’s style of play gives her issues.

After her 4-6, 7-5, 4-6 win, Jankovic said, “She has this game that I don’t really like and doesn’t really suit me, I always have trouble with her. I mean, it’s just her style of play is just difficult for me to play against.”

Coming off a semifinal result in Miami last week, Jankovic said she felt it was a good match despite it being her first clay match of the season. “I just came from Miami so I was playing a long tournament and took a lot out of me physically, mentally. I’m grateful that I was able to pull this out.”

The crowd was vocally behind Oudin, who has failed to find much success after her run to the 2009 US Open quarterfinals although she’s still only 21 years old. After taking the second set, Oudin fought back from 2-5 down in the third but Jankovic served it out on her second attempt to advance to the second round.

In her post-match news conference, Jankovic said she gained confidence from her run in Miami but struggled to move on the green clay. “I love playing on clay, but today I wasn’t happy with the way I was moving so I have got to improve.”

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Later on Tuesday, Jankovic joined Andrea Petkovic in ladies’ doubles, and a large crowd enjoyed the duo’s entertaining match against Lucie Safarova and Kristina Mladenovic. The Czech/French team won 6-4 6-2.

Jankovic, who won the Family Circle Cup in 2007, is in Charleston without a coach, something she says is suiting her well. “I’m here with my brother and a hitting partner, so I don’t have a coach. It’s great. My brother knows me better than anyone.”

The Serbian lost here in the first round last year to Venus Williams so each win will help her ranking, something Jankovic is focused on.

“I’m working hard every day just trying to get to another level and just overall become a better player,” she said. “My goal is to get back to the top rank where I was before.”

Next up for Jankovic is Caroline Garcia of France.

Stephanie Neppl is in Charleston covering the Family Circle Cup for Tennis Panorama News. She spends all her spare funds traveling to tennis tournaments and has played since her teen years. She has worked as Social Media Manager for Tennis Auckland’s ATP and WTA tournaments. Follow her live updates on Twitter at @TennisNewsTPN. Follow her personal Twitter @stephintheus and her blog  http://ihaveatennisaddiction.blogspot.com.

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