I'm leaving Sunday for Charleston, and will do my best, as always, to keep all of you up to date on what's happening at the Family Circle Cup. The withdrawals of Elena Vesnina, Heather Watson and Sara Errani are unfortunate (I especially wanted to see these players, too), but the good news is that both Andrea Petkovic and Caroline Wozniacki have been added to the list of entrants.
I'm very pleased to note that Daniel Ward will be the photographer for Women Who Serve in Charleston this year.
If any of you have questions about the tournament or the players, just post them here and I'll do my best to find the answers. Some rain is expected, but the weather should be pleasant throughout the week. For April in Charleston, anything less than a tornado is good weather!
Six former champions will be competing next week: Venus Williams, Jelena Jankovic, Serena Williams, Sabine Lisicki, Samantha Stosur, and Caroline Wozniacki.
Here are the top seeds:
1. Serena Williams
2. Caroline Wozniacki (replaces Errani)
3. Samantha Stosur
4. Sloane Stephens
5. Venus Williams
6. Lucie Safarova
7. Carla Suarez Navarro
8. Mona Barthel