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2007 Family Circle Cup

April 17, 2007 03:03 PM

The week of April 7-15 2007 was an exciting one for tennis fans in South Carolina. The Family Circle Tennis Center hosted the 33rd Family Circle Cup on Daniel Island. The clay court tournament draws the top women players from around the world. Originally slated to have 6 players who have been ranked #1 in the world; injuries forced out some of the field, but left a great draw including the Williams Sisters, Nicole Valdisova, Jelena Jankovic, and many other great players. Play was tough the first few days with wind, cool weather, and rain making life rough for players and fans alike. However, by Tuesday the sky cleared up, the sun came out and great weather prevailed.
Tuesday also held some changes in the expected champion as two of the top players fell. Serena Williams was forced to withdraw due to a lower back injury. Serena seemed tentative throughout the match, and late in the first set, a trainer was called to the court. After being examined Serena continued to play for a short time, but still seemed to lack her usual power and agility. Finally, the trainer was called again, and after an examination Serena made the decision to withdraw. Ever gracious, Serena requested a microphone and addressed the crowd, apologizing for her situation and promising to be back again next year.
The number one seed of the tournament was also knocked out on Tuesday, but no injury was involved this time. Nicole Valdisova faced unseeded Michaella Krajicek (half sister to former Wimbledon men’s champion Richard Krajicek), who in a surprising showing, took down the top seeded Czech 4-, 6-4, 6-3. After the match both players, following a great tradition at the Family Circle Cup, signed dozens of autographs. Michaella was, understandably, a bit more enthusiastic about the process, however both players signed for all who requested.
Beyond the upsets on Tuesday, the big story during the week was Venus Williams’ amazing play. Unseeded Venus steamrolled her competition, not dropping a single set until the semi-finals where she faced Jelena Jankovic. The two players were well matched and it took a third set tie breaker for the eventual champion to get past Venus.
Jelena moved on to face Dinara Safina (sister to US and Australian Open champion Marat Safin). Amid strong wind gusts, and temperamental weather, Jelena dispatched Dinara with relative ease 6-2, 6-2. USTA South Carolina had staff on hand for most of the week and you can look through the picture galleries here.
For those who were looking for other entertainment, the Family Circle Tennis Center had plenty to offer. With lots of food, drinks, and entertainment there was no reason to get bored between matches. USTA South Carolina set up a booth, had a hospitality tent on Wednesday, and set up a clinic for kids to learn the new 36-60 format (pictures).
Beach Tennis also made an appearance at the Family Circle. The #1 ranked doubles team of Chris Henderson and Phil Whitesell were on hand all week with demonstrations and information. The Australian doubles team of Nicole Pratt and Bryanne Stewart stopped by and played a few games, as well as Coach Bobby Cremins of the College of Charleston basketball team. (Pictures)

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