Serena withdraws from match; Venus rolls on

Updated: April 10, 2007, 9:26 PM ET
Associated Press

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.

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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).


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