Tennis News Wire -
Agnieszka Radwanska was forced to withdraw from the Family Circle Cup due to a back injury. Marking the tournament’s 40th year, the Family Circle Cup is being held through April 8, 2012 at the Family Circle Tennis Center in the Best Tennis Town in America, Charleston, S.C.
“We’re as disappointed as our fans to lose our top seed, and we wish Agnieszka a quick recovery” said Bob Moran, Family Circle Cup Tournament Director. “We have an outstanding player field that includes six former champions and many of today’s biggest names in women’s tennis.”
Several seeded players within the Singles Main Draw will be repositioned as prescribed by WTA regulations:
If the No. 1 seed withdraws the following must take place.
The 3rd seed ( MARION BARTOLI ) will take that spot
The 5th seed ( SERENA WILLIAMS ) takes the open 3rd seed position,
The 9th seed ( LUCIE SAFAROVA ) takes the 5th seed position,
The 13th seed ( NADIA PETROVA ) takes the 9th seed position.
The next player to be seeded ( MARINA ERAKOVIC ) will take the open 13th seeded position, and
The next eligible player into the draw ( a QUALIFIER or LUCKY LOSER as qualifying is currently in progress ) takes the remaining position created by this move.
These moves are done to create a balanced draw prior to the release of the schedule of play
“'I'm very sorry that I can't play in Charleston this year. I played there a few years ago and was really looking forward to returning," said Radwanska. “I know it is a great event and a beautiful city, so hopefully I can come back and play there next year.”
"While I am excited that I won the Sony Ericsson Open I am disappointed that I have to withdraw from the Family Circle Cup in Charleston. I was really looking forward to playing the event this year." added Radwanska.