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Serena withdraws from match; Venus rolls on

4/10/2007 - Tennis

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Serena Williams retired from her match
at the Family Circle Cup against Chan Yung-Jan on Tuesday with a
groin pull.

Chan, of Chinese Taipei, was up 5-3 in the first set when
Williams withdrew, apologizing to the crowd before she left stadium
court.

Williams, the third seed, said she strained the muscle in
Monday's practice and a trainer said it didn't seem like it would
affect her play in future tournaments.

"But it could potentially get worse if I don't take care of
it," Williams added.

Williams, who played Tuesday with her right thigh wrapped, said
she will treat her injury with ice and massage.

"I've been playing a lot on the clay and, like I said, I was
just sliding a lot and I think I just slid too far," she said.

Earlier, Williams' sister easily advanced, defeating Samantha
Stosur 6-2, 6-2.

Venus Williams, ranked No. 29, needed just over an hour to
defeat the Australian on a chilly day.

"I feel really good," said Venus Williams, playing in her
fourth tournament after being sidelined earlier this year with a
wrist injury. "I don't think of myself as an underdog. I just
think of myself not being as highly ranked as I should be and that
happens when you take time off."

A few hours before Serena Williams' withdrawal, top-seeded
Nicole Vaidisova fell to unseeded Michaella Krajicek 4-6, 6-4, 6-3
-- the first time in tournament history a top seed was bounced in
her first match.

It was also only the second time in her career that Vaidisova,
ranked No. 8 in the world, entered a tour event as a top seed.
Again, as at Memphis last year, she was eliminated in her first
match.

"I didn't feel in any part of the match I played well," said
Vaidisova, of the Czech Republic. "I wasn't really hung up on the
fact I was the No. 1 seed, but of course I'm disappointed."

"It's a great win," said Krajicek, of the Netherlands. "I was
looking forward to a win like this, and especially when you beat
the first seed."

Krajicek, sister of 1996 Wimbledon men's champion Richard
Krajicek, is ranked 54th.

Vaidisova's loss leaves No. 9 Jelena Jankovic of Serbia, the
second seed, as the highest-ranked player remaining at the Family
Circle, which is now in its 36th season.

Tatiana Golovin of France, who won her first tour title last
week at Amelia Island, won 6-4, 6-1 victory over Dominika Cibulkova
of Slovakia.

Golovin, now ranked No. 19, is seeded 10th.

"I've never really played back-to-back tournaments after
winning one," said Golovin, who added she has not had time to
savor last week's win. She said she felt confident, but struggled
because she was tired.

"You know what you can do and I'm playing well," said Golovin,
who was treated for a blister on her toe during the match. "It's
just a matter of how I'm going to be able to hold up physically."

In other matches, Francesca Schiavone of Italy advanced 6-2, 2-0
when Virginia Ruano Pascual of Spain retired with a back injury.

Virginie Razzano of France defeated Meghann Shaughnessy of the
United States 6-3, 6-4; Katrinia Srebotnik of Slovakia defeated
Julia Vakuleno of the Ukraine 1-6, 6-2, 6-4 and Gisela Dulko of
Argentina beat Julia Schruff of Germany 1-6, 6-4, 6-4.

Sybille Bammer of Austria defeated Alicia Molik of Australia,
6-3, 6-1; Mara Santangelo of Italy beat Tamarine Tanasugarn of
Thailand 7-5, 6-1; Elen Daniilidou of Greece defeated Romina
Oprandi of Italy 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4 and Anabel Medina Garrigues of
Spain defeated Martina Muller of Germany, 6-3, 7-6 (4).