Charleston, SC (Sports Network) - Former champions Caroline Wozniacki and
Sam Stosur were a pair of easy second-round winners Wednesday at the Family
Circle Cup tennis event, while Venus Williams advanced despite receiving a
tougher test in her match.
The second-seeded Wozniacki, who only entered this tournament Saturday when a
scheduled trip to Haiti with boyfriend Rory McIlroy was postponed, blew past
Spaniard Silvia Soler-Espinosa 6-1, 6-1 in a mere 59 minutes, while the third-
seeded former U.S. Open titlist Stosur whipped New Zealand's Marina Erakovic
6-1, 6-2 on the green clay at Daniel Island Tennis Center.
Wozniacki was the big winner here two years ago, while Stosur was the 2010
"I felt like I really served well and returned well today," Wozniacki said
after pasting Soler-Espinosa. "I'm pleased with that."
Wozniacki's third-round opponent will be former top-10 German Andrea Petkovic.
The former world No. 1 Williams, who titled here in 2004, was pushed hard by
Puerto Rican youngster Monica Puig in her second-round bout, however. The 19-
year-old Puig took the seven-time Grand Slam winner to a third set before
Williams ultimately prevailed by a 6-2, 5-7, 6-3 score in two hours and 21
Another former champion was taken to the limit in her Wednesday match.
Seventh-seeded Jelena Jankovic, who captured this event in 2007, outlasted
French qualifier Carolina Garcia in a two hour, 38-minute marathon. The former
world No. 1 Jankovic edged Garcia in a lengthy second-set tiebreaker en route
to a 5-7, 7-6 (12-10), 6-3 verdict.
Last year's Family Circle runner-up, sixth-seeded Czech Lucie Safarova,
also advanced with a 7-5, 6-1 victory over Croat Mirjana Lucic-Baroni.
Safarova gave way to American great Serena Williams in last year's finale.
Meanwhile, American qualifier Mallory Burdette pulled off an upset by
dismissing 15th-seeded 2009 champion Sabine Lisicki 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 7-5.
Burdette is rewarded with a match against the world No. 1 superstar and
reigning Charleston champ Serena, a two-time titlist here.
In some other second-round action involving seeds, No. 10 Julia Goerges of
Germany held off Belarusian Olga Govortsova 6-2, 0-6, 6-3 and Canadian
qualifier Eugenie Bouchard upended No. 16 Brit Laura Robson 6-4, 3-6, 6-1.
Bouchard will face Stosur on Day 4.
Promising American Madison Keys eased into the round of 16 with a 6-4, 6-3
handling of qualifier compatriot Grace Min, while the aforementioned Petkovic
topped American qualifier Vania King 7-5, 6-4. Keys will battle another fellow
American, wild card Bethanie Mattek-Sands, on Thursday.
The winner of this $795,000 tournament will earn $125,000.
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