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Community : Top Stories Last Updated: Apr 5, 2013 - 11:08:30 AM


Family Circle Cup mixes it up with last minute player additions and subtractions
By Suzanne Detar
Apr 5, 2013 - 11:04:43 AM

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Di resident Shelby Rogers played in the first round.

Qualifying week-end brought some added excitement to the Family Circle Cup Draw. A popular Dane is in; an up and coming Italian had to withdraw due to injury; a Daniel Island resident dropped a close match in the first round of the qualifier; and four Americans enter the main draw as a result of spirited qualifying play.
Caroline Wozniacki accepts Wild Card
The tournament extended a main draw wild card to World No. 9 Caroline Wozniacki late last week. This marks Wozniacki’s fourth appearance in the Family Circle Cup, where she boasts an impressive 12-2 record and an active five-match win streak.
“We are thrilled to welcome Caroline back to Charleston,” said Eleanor Adams, Family Circle Cup Tournament Manger. “We know our fans will be excited. She’s a talented young tennis star whose personality makes her one you love to watch.”
In 2011, she defeated Elena Vesnina 6-2, 6-3 to take home her first Family Circle Cup title. In 2010, she withdrew after a severe ankle injury and in 2009 she was a finalist in the tournament losing to Sabine Lisicki.
Wozniacki’s return makes six past champions in the 2013 tournament: Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Sabine Lisicki, Jelena Jankovic and Sam Stosur.
Sara Errani withdraws due to injury
A day after Wozniacki’s return was announced, World No. 7 Sara Errani withdrew from the tournament due to a right thigh injury. This would have been her second appearance on Daniel Island.  
“I’m very disappointed to have to withdraw from a great event like Charleston,” said Errani. “During my doubles match (in Miami)…in the second set we had one long point and I thought the adductor was not feeling right. I like always to play and be 100% but this time it just couldn’t be, so I had to withdraw from the great event in Charleston. It’s a very good tournament, I really wanted to go there very much, but unfortunately this kind of thing sometimes happens and I’m sad about that.”
A native of Italy, Errani, had her breakthrough season in 2012, where she reached the quarterfinals, in singles, and finals, in doubles, at the Australian Open. The same year, she reached the finals of the French Open, in singles, and won its doubles title. She also appeared in the singles semi-finals at the US Open before capturing its doubles win.
Daniel Island resident Shelby Rogers loses first qualifying match
Despite a large, supportive crowd, Daniel Island resident Shelby Rogers couldn’t recreate last year’s opening qualifying match success. In 2012, she had the thrill of winning her first WTA match of her carrier on her hometown court. Rogers dropped a tough match on Saturday to fellow American Grace Min, 7-6,6-2, who went on to qualify for the main draw. Look for the local rising star to have a presence the remainder of the week. She said she plans to stay in town, “I’m going to stick around and watch some tennis.”
The young island resident, at just 20, already has over $80,000 in career earnings.
American Qualifiers
Four of the eight players who stoked their way through two days of qualifying matches to make the main draw are Americans. The American qualifiers are: Mallory Burdette, Grace Min, Jessica Pegula and Vania King. Joining the Americans are Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia, Brazilian Teliana Pereira, Canadian Eugenie Bouchard, and Italian Nastassja Burnett.
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