The Family Circle Cup is a premiere stop on the WTA tour and is celebrating its tenth year in Charleston. The tournament has a rich history dating back to the 1970's when Chris Evert won five Family Circle Cup's in a row, while the tournament was being held on Hilton Head Island. The first round matches are being played on four different courts with tournament play starting at 10 a.m. each day. Beginning with tuesday night there will also be evening matches that begin at 7 p.m. that are offered with a reduced price for attendance. In Monday matches 9th seed Alona Bondarenko of the Ukraine defeated the USA's Julie Ditty in straight sets. The 12th seed Aleksandra Wozniak of Canada defeated the USA's Lilia Osterloh in straight sets, but the American pushed hard to win the second set. Down 4 games to 1 in the second set Osterloh broke service to get to 4 games to 2, and then battled all the way to force a tiebreak. The American actually led the tiebreak, up 6 to 3, and looked unflappable before some unforced errors and a superior shot by Wozniack that clipped the baseline and brought the tiebreak to 6-all. The crowd began to cheer Osterloh, but also rooted for the level of competitive tennis on center court with deep, full and fluid strokes on display. Wozniak advanced to play again on Tuesday and all the top ranked seeds will be playing Tuesday as well. For the latest pairings and tournament information visit the Internet at www.familycirclecup.com.
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PhotosByJeffDennis: First Round play was well attended on the Althea Gibson Court; Daniela Hantuchova is interviewed by Sue Detar of the Daniel Island News; spectators can view players up close when they are on the practice courts