Serena Williams – World No. 1
|Serena Williams won the FCC in 2008 and is the top seed for 2009.
Serena is always a threat to win any tournament she enters and her new World No. 1 record makes her a favorite to repeat as the Family Circle Cup Champion. The 2009 Grand Slam Australian Open winner lost in the finals last week to Victoria Azarenka, playing flat and with a heavily bandaged thigh. On top of the injury, Williams made the cross-Atlantic trip this week to Marbella, Spain to compete in the red clay tournament and will have to make the cross-Atlantic trip again to compete in Charelston. The heavy travel schedule, coupled with the thigh injury, could limit Serena at this year’s tournament.
Elena Dementieva – World No. 3
|Olympic champion Elena Dementieva is the FCC No. 2 seed.
Dementieva had a strong early part of the year, winning two tournaments in January and making it to a final in February. Coming into the FCC, though, she has lost some steam, losing in the first round to a qualifier at Indian Wells as the No. 3 seed and only making it to the round of 16 at Miami. The Olympic champion has faired well at the FCC the last two times she competed, reaching the finals in 2005 before losing to Justine Henin and reaching the semis last year before dropping a three set match to Zvonareva. Look for Dementieva to do well against Serena Williams, having beaten her four of the last five times they played.
Venus Williams – World No. 5
|No. 3 seed Venus Williams.|
Venus captured a big win at Dubai this year, defeating Razzano to secure the title. This was a great rebound win for Venus, having lost in the round of 64 earlier in the year at the Australian Open. She followed Dubai with a second win this year in Acapulco. Her first tournament since February’s Acapulco win was last week’s Sony Ericsson Open, where she lost to younger sister Serena in three sets in the semi-final. Although she hasn’t played much this year, Williams is coming into Charleston with a 15-2 singles record for the year.
Vera Zvonareva - World No. 6
|No. 4 seed Vera Zvonareva.
2008 was Zvonareva’s first top ten season, winning two championships and reaching the finals in six more events, including the FCC. She continues to play well in 2009, capturing two titles already at India Wells and Pattaya Open.
Nadia Petrova – World No. 10
|Nadia Petrova won the FCC in 2006. Can she repeat this year?
With the late withdraw of World No. 8 Victoria Azarenka, this year’s hottest player coming into Charelston with the most titles year-to-date, Nadia Petrova moves into the fifth seed position. Petrova knows how to win in Charleston, having won the tournament in 2006. She hasn’t played much tennis in 2009. Her singles record for the year is a disappointing 4-3.
Remaining top ten seeded players
Caroline Wozniacki – World No. 12
Mario Bartoli – World No. 13
Dominiki Cibulkova – World No. 16
Patty Schnyder – World No. 18
Sybille Bammer - World No. 27