View Full Version : The Family Circle Cup Thread

Mar 31st, 2003, 10:42 PM
I know it's a week early, but GO SERENA!!

I believe [correct me if I'm wrong] Serena can go over 7000 ranking points with a win here!!

Apr 1st, 2003, 12:47 AM
TV Times:
All Times EST
CHARLESTON, SC, USA 1:00 pm to
2:30 pm

CHARLESTON, SC, USA 1:00 pm to
2:30 pm

CHARLESTON, SC, USA 2:00 pm to
4:00 pm

CHARLESTON, SC, USA 1:00 pm to
3:00 pm

Apr 2nd, 2003, 10:52 PM
C'mon Serena. Do well to sustain your lead over the tour! ;)

Rae Q.
Apr 3rd, 2003, 04:00 PM
GO SERENA! I'm so hoping she can keep it going especially if she wins on clay where they say she'll probably lose. Prove them wrong Serena!


Apr 3rd, 2003, 06:46 PM
Um, kick all of their asses and look cute while doing it. :D

Apr 4th, 2003, 08:47 PM
Hopefully, she'll win this year.

Apr 5th, 2003, 11:13 PM
Williams, Serena (1)
Tanasugarn, Tamarine
Stevenson, Alexandra
Kournikova, Anna
Martinez, Conchita (15)

Bovina, Elena (9)
Tulyaganova, Iroda
Majoli, Iva
Matevzic, Maja
Dokic, Jelena (6)

Davenport, Lindsay (3)
Black, Cara
Bedanova, Daja
Cho, Yoo-Jeong
Irvin, Marissa
Fernandez, Clarisa (16)

Pistolesi, Anna (12)
Schett, Barbara
Suarez, Paola
Zvonareva, Vera
Taylor, Sarah
Schynder, Patty (8)

Hantuchova, Daniela (5)
Loit, Emilie
Harkleroad, Ashley
Likhovtseva, Elena
Husarova, Janette
Shaughnessy, Meghann (11)

Dementieva, Elena (13)
Ruano Pascual, Virginia
Krasnoroutskaya, Lina
Craybas, Jill
Panova, Tatiana
Tu, Meilen
Capriati, Jennifer (4)

Myskina, Anastasia (7)
Pratt, Nicole
Pierce, Mary
Granville, Laura
Chladkova, Denisa
Coetzer, Amanda (10)

Dechy, Nathalie (14)
Barna, Anca
Mikaelian, Marie-Gaianeh
Pisnik, Tina
Foretz, Stephanie
Henin-Hardenne, Justine (2)

Apr 6th, 2003, 01:17 AM
Can Serena Williams continue her quest to go undefeated this year?
April 5 2003
The Post and Courier

The 2003 Family Circle Cup tennis tournament starts today on Daniel Island with a field including seven of the top 10 players in the world vying for $1.3 million in prize money.

With women's tennis infinitely more compelling than the men's game, there also will be plenty of storylines to explore over the next nine days:

Can Serena Williams continue her quest to go undefeated this year?

Is Jennifer Capriati in good enough shape to make a run at Williams and the title?

Will two players emerge from the pack -- as Iva Majoli and Patty Schnyder did last year -- and provide some new faces in the finals?

How long will Anna Kournikova stick around?

These and other questions will be answered in the coming days, but don't look for Serena, Jennifer or Rising stars face off against each other in qualifying


Anna just yet.

This weekend is reserved for qualifying matches, a tense two days when 32 up-and-coming players vie for eight coveted spots in the main draw.

Qualifying gives fans a chance to see the WTA Tour's rising stars face off against each other. The list includes French player Stephanie Foretz, who worked her way through the qualifying in last year's Family Circle Cup and then knocked off Conchita Martinez and Monica Seles en route to the quarterfinals. Also competing this weekend is Maria Sharapova, a 15-year-old Russian who qualified for her first Grand Slam tournament in January at the Australian Open.

This weekend's qualifying matches start at 10 a.m. on the outer courts. Daily general admission tickets are $10.


Fans can stop outside the Family Circle Magazine Stadium at 3 p.m. today and watch WTA Tour officials conduct the official draw, which determines who plays whom in the tournament. Meghann Shaugnessey, the world's 19th-ranked player, will help with the draw. Shaugnessey was a quarterfinalist at the Australian Open in January and upset No. 2 Venus Williams in March to reach the quarters at the Nasdaq-100 tournament.


Next week daily tickets will range from $20-$55 for each session depending on the time and date of the matches. Day sessions generally are more expensive.

Military personnel and their families can get $10 off tickets or a 50 percent discount on night session tickets. Bring your military ID when purchasing tickets.

More ticket information is available by calling (800) 677-2293 or (843) 856-7900, or visiting the tournament web site at www.familycirclecup.com. The box office is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday in the Family Circle Cup Tennis Center Clubhouse.


CARTA will be providing shuttle service to and from the Family Circle Cup from April 5 through April 13. Cost is $3 per person each way or $5 round trip. Tickets can be purchased on board or at any CARTA ticket outlet. Shuttles will run to and from the Charleston Visitor Center, Embassy Suites in North Charleston and Patriots Point.

Shuttles going to the event will pick up at the Visitors Center on the hour beginning at 8 a.m.; at Patriots Point a quarter past the hour beginning at 8:15 a.m. and at Embassy Suites every half hour beginning at 7:45 a.m. Shuttles returning from the event will leave the stadium for Patriots Point and the Visitor Center on the hour beginning at 8:30 a.m. and for Embassy Suites every half hour beginning at 8 a.m.

Venus Forever
Apr 6th, 2003, 01:27 AM


Apr 7th, 2003, 12:20 AM
Serena Williams tries to keep streak going on clay

April 6, 2003
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- Here's some bad news for the WTA Tour -- Serena Williams is looking forward to playing on clay this week at the Family Circle Cup.

Williams, 17-0 this season with victories at the Australian, Gaz de France and Nasdaq-100 opens, doesn't think the different surface will slow her down.

``Actually, clay, I think, is better for your knee because the hard court actually wears your body out,'' said Williams, ranked No. 1 in the world since July 8. ``So it'll be easy. ... I'll be happy.''


Williams played for the first time here last year. She was ranked seventh in the world then and lost to Patty Schnyder in the quarterfinals.

Few could have guessed that Williams was only weeks away from starting her ``Serena Slam'' -- she holds all four Grand Slams titles -- at Roland Garros.

Her preparations for a French Open defense start on Daniel Island.

``It was just a really nice atmosphere and a nice feel, and it was kind of cool,'' Williams said. ``And I definitely look forward to going back.''

Others entered this week are Lindsay Davenport, Justine Henin-Hardenne and defending champion Iva Majoli. Jennifer Capriati, who won the 2001 title, withdrew from the tournament Sunday because of strep throat.

Williams has had an up-and-down history at this event. She was committed to play in 2000, but withdrew because South Carolina flew the Confederate flag atop its Statehouse dome. The flag has since been removed, although the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has continued its economic boycott of the state.

The civil rights group plans to protest the flag at this year's tennis tournament.

When Williams arrived to play a year ago, she was met by an enthusiastic crowd that did not seem concerned with her defiance of the NAACP's boycott.

``People were actually cheering for me to win,'' she remembered. ``And it was a lot of African-Americans who came out.''

With her perfect start, Williams has been asked whether she can go undefeated.

``You have to understand, I don't expect to reach that because I mean if I do, that would just be unbelievable,'' she said.

Martina Navratilova came the closest with an 86-1 mark in 1983.

Williams has met lofty goals before. After withdrawing from the Australian Open in 2002 with an ankle injury, Williams told herself she would win the other three Grand Slams. With all four titles in her trophy case, Williams gave herself a more daunting goal.

``I wanted to set my goals high,'' she said. ``Whatever happens, happens.''

And Daniel Island looks like a good, pressure-free place to keep the streak going. Williams says the softer clay will help her rebound from the difficult hard-court season so far. She has practiced on clay courts at her father's home.

``I'll be, you know, running and just sliding and playing lazy tennis because on the clay I just tend to lay back. I love playing on that surface,'' Williams said.

Serendy Willick
Apr 10th, 2003, 01:52 PM
Serena defeated Dally Randrientefy 6-3, 6-0 in her second round match and will now play Conchita Martinez (gawd, no) or Tatiana Garbin. Goo Serena!

BTW, the WTA finally gave Serena some respect and presented her with an award for winning all four Grand Slam events. (bout time) Congrats Serena!

King Aaron
Apr 10th, 2003, 03:08 PM
Well done and congrats Serena! :D

Serendy Willick
Apr 10th, 2003, 08:23 PM
Serena defeated Martinez 6-2, 6-2 to storm into the quarterfinals. Congratulations my girl! Just three more matches before that beautiful trophy is yours. Dont slip up my baby.

Apr 10th, 2003, 08:44 PM
It's all about Serena Serena Serena! :bounce:

:kiss: :kiss: :hearts: :hearts: :worship: :worship:

Keep doin' the damn thing and holding it down for the house of Williams.

Apr 10th, 2003, 11:46 PM
It's all about Serena Serena Serena! :bounce:

:kiss: :kiss: :hearts: :hearts: :worship: :worship:

Keep doin' the damn thing and holding it down for the house of Williams.

cari, I love your sig, especially the detention and truant
parts :D

Way to keep it rolling Supergirl Serena!
Keep the positive energy going Brickhouse Brigade:
We run tings, tings NAH run WE. :wavey: :bounce: :bounce: :wavey:

Stragglers, you're dismissed. :rolleyes: AGAIN. :rolleyes:

Apr 11th, 2003, 02:09 AM
:wavey: @ the fresh maker... check your pm's, minty fresh. :D :bounce:

King Aaron
Apr 11th, 2003, 03:04 PM
Congrats Serena. :)

Serendy Willick
Apr 11th, 2003, 05:39 PM
Serena will play Jelena Dokic for a spot in the final four. Go Serena!

Venus Forever
Apr 11th, 2003, 10:41 PM


Mr. Man
Apr 12th, 2003, 12:26 AM
Serena into Semis defeats Dokic 6:2 6:2..
WHOOO 20-0 now baby!!! http://websmileys.bei.t-online.de/party96.gif :bounce:

Apr 12th, 2003, 01:10 AM
:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

next scalp: Lindsay Davenport. Serena leads 8-2, 1st meeting on clay!

Make it to the finals bebe! 22-0! :bounce:

Apr 12th, 2003, 01:58 AM
Hi guys! :wavey:

Serena vs. Lindsay should be good. :)

Apr 12th, 2003, 03:06 AM
:wavey: aisha :bounce:

I can't wait... the first time Ree will be on TV for this tourney :fiery: :rolleyes:

Make it to the finals so I can tape you on green clay. :kiss:

Apr 12th, 2003, 03:07 AM
I guess it isn't cold in Charleston anymore...


King Aaron
Apr 12th, 2003, 03:19 PM
Congrats Serena :)
Good luck against Lindsay!

Apr 12th, 2003, 07:47 PM
Alright! one more match, girl! :bounce: :D

Venus Forever
Apr 12th, 2003, 08:13 PM
One More, Rena!!


King Aaron
Apr 13th, 2003, 02:29 PM
One more match Serena! :)
Justine is going to be tough but you can beat anybody! :D

Apr 13th, 2003, 07:05 PM
awwwwwwwww! You were simply outplayed, la princesa. What grace, class and elegance you possess even in defeat. You kissed Justine on the cheek... I respect you even more, if that's possible. Represent the USA with Venus in Fed Cup and seek sweet revenge at the German Open. :worship: :bounce: :kiss:

Venus Forever
Apr 13th, 2003, 07:12 PM
Congrats Justine on a job well down. She truly outsmarted you today Serena, and you should not hang your head in shame. You did a great job, and Justine was just too good today.

Just wait till she meets you again on the red stuff.;)

Apr 13th, 2003, 08:24 PM
awwwwwwwww! You were simply outplayed, la princesa. What grace, class and elegance you possess even in defeat. You kissed Justine on the cheek... I respect you even more, if that's possible. Represent the USA with Venus in Fed Cup and seek sweet revenge at the German Open. :worship: :bounce: :kiss:

Damn straight! :wavey:

Congrats Justine!

Serena will get over. :kiss: :devil:

Apr 13th, 2003, 08:26 PM
And green clay is ugly anyway. :devil: :p

Apr 14th, 2003, 02:49 AM
Better luck in the German Open.

Apr 14th, 2003, 02:08 PM
You canít (well anymore, that is) win 'em all. Valiant effort trying, though!
Hereís to another undefeated streak!!! :bounce:

King Aaron
Apr 14th, 2003, 03:15 PM
Congrats Justine.
Serena, you played well all week and the loss is motivation for you to win the next time. :)

Rae Q.
Apr 14th, 2003, 04:26 PM
You guys rock! :D I was disappointed but like mentos said you can't them all.