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Family Circle Cup
Singles - First Round: (12) Yanina Wickmayer def. Vania King 6-4 6-3
Yanina Wickmayer still needs two more wins to defend her points, but it is almost certain that she will stay Top Thirty even if she fails.
Singles - First Round: (13) Nadia Petrova def. (Q) Mariana Duque-Marino 6-1 6-2
Nadia Petrova still has a few more points to defend, but this should be enough to let her stay #35; she might even climb a spot.
Singles - First Round: (17) Marina Erakovic def. (Q) Karolina Pliskova 6-2 6-4
Marina Erakovic hasn't quite defended all her points yet, but she's close. This might suffice to keep her at #45; certainly she won't fall much even if she loses her next match.
Singles - First Round: Anna Tatishvili def. Arantxa Rus 1-6 6-4 6-4
Anna Tatishvili still has points to defend, but this should keep her around #85.
Singles - First Round: (Q) Yaroslava Shvedova def. Alexandra Panova 6-0 6-4
Between qualifying and main draw points, this should take Yaroslava Shvedova to around #130.
Singles - First Round: (Q) Jill Craybas def. (Q) Akgul Amanmuradova 7-6(7-2) 7-6(8-6)
Jill Craybas is clearly fading, but green clay is evidently still her surface. Unfortunately, she was defending second round points, so she will still be stuck around #135.
Singles - First Round: (WC) Venus Williams def. (Q) Iveta Benesova 6-4 6-3
Iveta Benesova is Top Fifty; she shouldn't have been in qualifying here. The points she earned didn't make any difference -- but she wasn't defending anything, so she should not fall. Venus Williams should gain about five more ranking spots; she will probably be just below #80.
Singles - First Round: Varvara Lepchenko def. Anastasia Yakimova 6-2 5-7 6-2
Varvara Lepchenko should rise above #75.
Singles - Second Round: (2) Samantha Stosur def. (WC) Jamie Hampton 6-0 7-5
Samantha Stosur had a ridiculously hard time serving this out, but she at last managed to break to finish it off. Not that it will make any difference; she is going to be #5 next week no matter what.
Singles - Second Round: (4) Vera Zvonareva def. Kateryna Bondarenko 6-1 6-1
Vera Zvonareva became the first seed to reach the third round, but because she has a larger sixteenth event score than Serena Williams, she remains very much in danger of losing her #9 ranking.
Singles - Second Round: (5) Serena Williams def. Elena Vesnina 6-3 6-4
Just one more win might take Serena past Vera Zvonareva in the contest for #9. But this is a terrible blow for Elena Vesnina, who was last year's finalist; it looks as if she will fall below #70.
Singles - Second Round: (8) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (WC) def. Eleni Daniilidou 3-6 6-4 6-4
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova has been struggling lately, so this is a win she could really use. But she needs at least a semifinal to improve her ranking.
Singles - Second Round: Anastasia Rodionova def. (10) Anabel Medina Garrigues 7-5 6-3
Obviously something went wrong with Anabel Medina Garrigues here -- she lost seven games in a row before getting faintly back into things (whereupon Anastasia Rodionova turned into Ms. Match Point Waster) -- but we don't know what. She loses what could have been a chance to reach the Top 25 here.
Doubles - First Round: (4) Hlavackova/Hradecka def. Kops-Jones/Spears 6-3 6-1
Doubles - First Round: (WC) Pavlyuchenkova/Safarova def. Dushevina/Erakovic 6-3 6-7(10) 11-9 (Match TB)
Doubles - First Round: Jans-Ignatik/Kudravtseva def. (WC) Harman/Kalhorn 6-0 6-1
The singles draw here isn't much by Premier event standards, but the doubles draw is something else -- the top seven players in the world, and nine of the Top Ten; only Maria Kirilenko is missing. A tough place for a pair of unknown wildcards to try to make a dent!
Doubles - First Round: Grandin/Uhlirova def. Klepac/Rosolska 7-5 6-2