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Family Circle Cup
Singles - Final: (5) Serena Williams def. (9) Lucie Safarova 6-0 6-1
Good thing the audience had already paid for its tickets, eh? This took a hair less than an hour, and Serena Williams won two-thirds of the points. What can you say about such a match? We can at least say that it is Serena's first title since last year's Canadian Open, and her first on clay since she won here all the way back in 2008. A fitting occasion for her to rise to #9. It will probably be quite a while before she can go any higher, though; she is well behind #8.
Lucie Safarova will rise to #23, but she fails to win her first big title; indeed, she hasn't won anything at all since mid-2008. Which may explain why she didn't really seem to be there....
Singles - Final: (WC) Pavlyuchenkova/Safarova def. Medina Garrigues/Shvedova 5-7 6-4 10-6 (Match TB)
It took some work, but at least Lucie Safarova earned a title at Charleston. That's perhaps even a bigger deal than the singles title, for her -- because she never won a doubles title before. Not at the Tour level, anyway; she did it in a Challenger. But it's nice to have that honest-to-gosh trophy, just to say, "Yes, I could win in doubles too." Pavlyuchenkova didn't have that problem, but she wins her first doubles title since January 2011.