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spiceboy
Jan 30th, 2006, 10:04 PM
http://www.beaufortgazette.com/24hour/sports/story/3118981p-11823448c.html

Williams sisters to play in Family Circle

Published Mon, Jan 30, 2006

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Serena and Venus Williams are returning to the Family Circle Cup.

They will join defending champion Justine Henin-Hardenne at the event, organizers said Monday.

The Belgian beat Elena Dementieva in straight sets last year. Venus won in her debut at the clay-court tournament in 2004 and Serena reached the finals in 2003.

Both sisters are coming off disappointing losses at the Australian Open.

Venus lost to unseeded Tszvetana Pironkova in the first round, while defending champion Serena reached the third round before falling to Daniela Hantuchova.

Venus is currently ranked No. 10 in the world, while Serena dropped 24 spots to No. 39.

"Serena and Venus are world-class ambassadors of the game and have been vital to the success that women's tennis enjoys today," said Robin Reynolds, Family Circle Cup tournament director. "We are pleased to be one of the few tournaments worldwide that will have the opportunity to showcase the talents of these two phenomenal athletes."

Sixth-ranked Henin-Hardenne reached final of the Australian Open against Amelie Mauresmo, but retired with a stomach ailment. She ended Serena's undefeated streak in 2003 to win the Family Circle Cup. The tournament runs from April 10-16.

Davenselesport
Jan 30th, 2006, 10:22 PM
:)

iPatty
Jan 31st, 2006, 12:06 AM
I'll be there. Booing Justine on!

firehorse
Feb 1st, 2006, 06:10 PM
hm..they may pull out any time....I hope the organizer buys insurance...lol

donellcarey
Mar 26th, 2006, 02:19 AM
I haven't got enough confidence in them, truthfully speaking
But, still wish they would get a good result

Vacant
Mar 26th, 2006, 12:56 PM
I'll be there. Booing Justine on!

Some extra boos for me please! :p

Brooklyn90
Mar 30th, 2006, 03:22 AM
i hope they play well!

LucasArg
Apr 2nd, 2006, 09:25 AM
I hope they show up.

GracefulVenus
Apr 5th, 2006, 03:42 AM
Good Luck Venus and Serena, time to shine on the dirt!

NyCPsU
Apr 5th, 2006, 04:28 AM
please let them not drop out!! this is good news though that it is being publicized less than a week before!

drake3781
Apr 5th, 2006, 04:42 AM
please let them not drop out!! this is good news though that it is being publicized less than a week before!

No; the initial message is from JANUARY !!

NyCPsU
Apr 5th, 2006, 05:10 AM
:lol: No; the initial message is from JANUARY !!

my bad...not so good news then lol

drake3781
Apr 5th, 2006, 05:12 AM
:lol:

my bad...not so good news then lol

:) we will know in.......6 days (at the latest)!!

Denise4925
Apr 5th, 2006, 06:31 PM
Is it my eyes? I don't see Serena in the main draw, just Vee. Is Serena not playing here?

Meesh
Apr 5th, 2006, 06:48 PM
2006 Family Circle Cup Player Field *As of April 2nd, 2006 http://www.familycirclecup.com/files/0000000301_l.jpg

http://www.familycirclecup.com/files/0000000303_l.jpg

http://www.familycirclecup.com/files/0000000304_l.jpg

http://www.familycirclecup.com/files/0000000306_l.jpg

Justine Henin-Hardenne (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/playerbio.asp?PlayerID=80350)

Nadia Petrova (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/playerbio.asp?PlayerID=160379)

Patty Schnyder (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/PlayerBio.asp?PlayerID=190519)

Svetlana Kuznetsova (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/playerbio.asp?PlayerID=110552)

http://www.familycirclecup.com/files/0000000305_l.jpg

http://www.familycirclecup.com/files/0000000307_l.jpg

http://www.familycirclecup.com/files/0000000310_l.jpg

http://www.familycirclecup.com/files/0000000308_l.jpg

Venus Williams (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/PlayerBio.asp?PlayerID=230220)

Nicole Vaidisova (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/playerbio.asp?PlayerID=311911)

Anna-lena Groenefeld (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/playerbio.asp?PlayerID=310318)

Elena Likhovtseva (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/playerbio.asp?PlayerID=120151)

http://www.familycirclecup.com/files/0000000309_l.jpg

http://www.familycirclecup.com/files/0000000312_l.jpg http://www.familycirclecup.com/files/0000000311_l.jpg http://www.familycirclecup.com/files/0000000316_l.jpg Flavia Pennetta (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/playerbio.asp?PlayerID=160391)

Dinara Safina (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/playerbio.asp?PlayerID=190950)

Nathalie Dechy (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/playerbio.asp?PlayerID=40254)

Anabel Medina-Garrigues (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/playerbio.asp?PlayerID=130611)

http://www.familycirclecup.com/files/0000000314_l.jpg http://www.familycirclecup.com/files/0000000315_l.jpg http://www.wtatour.com/global/photos/150x200/190636.jpg http://www.wtatour.com/global/photos/150x200/40388.jpg Jelena Jankovic (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/playerbio.asp?PlayerID=100153)

Klara Koukalova (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/PlayerBio.asp?ID=&EntityID=1&CustomerID=0&OrderID=0&ReturnURL=/&PlayerID=110492)

Katarina Srebotnik (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/playerbio.asp?PlayerID=190636)

Gisela Dulko (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/playerbio.asp?PlayerID=40388)

Sofia Arvidsson (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/playerbio.asp?PlayerID=10334)

Kveta Peschke (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/playerbio.asp?PlayerID=80218)

Lucie Safarova (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/playerbio.asp?PlayerID=310553)

Marion Bartoli (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/playerbio.asp?PlayerID=20631)

Mara Santangelo (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/playerbio.asp?PlayerID=190669)

Catalina Castano (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/playerbio.asp?PlayerID=30360)

Shahar Peer (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/playerbio.asp?PlayerID=311168)

Sania Mirza (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/playerbio.asp?PlayerID=310112)

Nuria Llagostera Vives (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/playerbio.asp?PlayerID=120317)

Samantha Stosur (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/playerbio.asp?PlayerID=190787)

Iveta Benesova (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/playerbio.asp?PlayerID=20576)

Serena Williams (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/playerbio.asp?PlayerID=230234)

Roberta Vinci (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/PlayerBio.asp?ID=&EntityID=1&CustomerID=0&OrderID=0&ReturnURL=/&PlayerID=220214)

Amy Frazier (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/playerbio.asp?PlayerID=60034)

Laura Granville (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/playerbio.asp?PlayerID=70423)

Vera Zvonareva (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/playerbio.asp?PlayerID=260142)

Marta Domachowska (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/PlayerBio.asp?ID=&EntityID=1&CustomerID=0&OrderID=0&ReturnURL=/&PlayerID=310338)

Lisa Raymond (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/playerbio.asp?PlayerID=180144)

Virginie Razzano (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/playerbio.asp?PlayerID=180384)

Jill Craybas (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/playerbio.asp?PlayerID=30294)

Shinobu Asagoe (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/playerbio.asp?PlayerID=10209)

Ekatera Bychkova (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/playerbio.asp?PlayerID=20706)

Lourdes Dominguez Lino (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/playerbio.asp?PlayerID=40300)

Paola Suarez (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/PlayerBio.asp?ID=&EntityID=1&CustomerID=0&OrderID=0&ReturnURL=/&PlayerID=190360)

Shuai Peng (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/PlayerBio.asp?ID=&EntityID=1&CustomerID=0&OrderID=0&ReturnURL=/&PlayerID=160471)

Julia Schruff (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/playerbio.asp?PlayerID=190711)

Mariana Diaz Olivia (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/playerbio.asp?PlayerID=40198)

*subject to change.

Meesh
Apr 5th, 2006, 06:51 PM
The above was from their website... as of April 2nd... but you know how tournaments like to wait until the last minute.

Williams-forever
Apr 5th, 2006, 07:01 PM
Is it my eyes? I don't see Serena in the main draw, just Vee. Is Serena not playing here?

Did you mean by the pictures?? Because then its because Serena's ranking is so low, that she wont be seeded. Only the seeded players has a pic of themselves on the Charleston website... ;)

Denise4925
Apr 5th, 2006, 07:06 PM
Did you mean by the pictures?? Because then its because Serena's ranking is so low, that she wont be seeded. Only the seeded players has a pic of themselves on the Charleston website... ;)
No, by the draw in this forum. I didn't go the website, but thanks Meesh and WF for letting me know.

Williams-forever
Apr 5th, 2006, 07:15 PM
No, by the draw in this forum. I didn't go the website, but thanks Meesh and WF for letting me know.

Not a prob... ;)

champion88
Apr 6th, 2006, 12:39 PM
the draw wouldn't be out yet anyway would it?? and serena is in the players list on the site, just no pic of her. But, if she was gonna pull out, she should know by know and should have told the organisers by now- so she might surprise us all and actually turn up!

sfselesfan
Apr 6th, 2006, 06:23 PM
Even if the organizers know, they may not be telling the public in the hopes that people will still buy tickets to see the return of the Williams sisters.

SF

santhuruu
Apr 8th, 2006, 05:33 AM
Just confirmed that both Williams sisters have pulled out.

AtypicalMale
Apr 8th, 2006, 05:57 AM
Just confirmed that both Williams sisters have pulled out."Surprise, surprise, surprise!!" - Gomer Pyle

Lin Lin
Apr 8th, 2006, 10:36 AM
what a pity!!