Yesterday, Lisa Ha became the 1,000,000th fan to enter the Family Circle Cup tournament. Ha and her family entered the gates around 11 a.m., and received a number of really nice gifts.
One of the gifts the Ha family received was an invitation to the Bauer International Box Holder Appreciation Reception, held last night at the Daniel Island Club. Among the attendees was Miami champion Agnieszka Radwanska, who had to withdraw from Charleston because of a back injury. (From all reports, guests escaped the event safely.)
Today, fans were able to put away their hats and sunblock and enjoy comfortable, cloudy weather. The wind kicked up quite a bit, though, which made it a bit difficult for the players.
Signing autographs today was 2006 champion Nadia Petrova, who defeated Mariana Duque-Marino in the first round.
Vera Zvonareva had her shoulder taped today; the tape appeared to be applied as a preventive measure. Sam Stosur wore an ankle support. There has been only one retirement so far in the main draw; Jelena Dokic had to stop playing because of a wrist injury. In qualifying, Tetiana Luzhanska fell down and turned her ankle at 1-1 in the first set of her first round.
2008 champion Serena Williams began her Charleston play tonight by defeating 2011 runner-up Elena Vesnina 6-3, 6-4. Williams hit 11 aces.