As expected, defending champion Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Family Circle Cup. Because of this withdrawal, Katie O'Brien is now in the main draw.
We arrived in Mt. Pleasant late this afternoon, after enduring a late flight (maintenance issues) and barely making our connecting flight to Charleston. We are staying in a hotel that is having trouble with its wireless connection (we had a similar problem last year), though the wireless service is being upgraded in the next few days. There is at least one tour player who will be staying here, but she called to say she would be late because she is doing so well at the Ponte Vedra Beach tournament.
We are going to qualifying tomorrow and I will provide a report (assuming I have reasonably working wireless) after that.
In the meantime, Elena Vesnina--who is having the best season of her career--has upset Dominika Cibulkova in Ponte Vedra Beach, and top seed Nadia Petrova barely squeaked by Alona Bondarenko, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6.
And in Marbella, Anabel Medina Garrigues and Sara Errani had a predictably grinding three-hour match, which Medina Garrigues won, 6-2, 6-7, 7-5.