WTA Tour

Rain keeps Williams' waiting

2013-04-05 07:18
Serena and Venus Williams (File)

Charleston - World No 1 Serena Williams and Venus Williams were among the players left waiting on Thursday as rain wreaked havoc at the WTA clay court tournament in Charleston.

Second-seeded Caroline Wozniacki advanced to the quarter-finals via walkover after Germany's Andrea Petkovic pulled out of their third-round match with a right calf injury, but for much of the day that non-event was the only action.

Four third-round matches were postponed until Friday: top-seeded Serena Williams v Mallory Burdette, fifth-seeded Venus Williams v Varvara Lepchenko, sixth-seeded Lucie Safarova v Sorana Cirstea and Bethanie Mattek-Sands v Madison Keys.

Three matches finally got on Charleston's green clay courts on Thursday night, with 2007 Charleston champ Jelena Jankovic of Serbia booking her quarter-final berth with a 6-0, 6-4 victory over US qualifier Jessica Pegula.

Pegula, whose first- and second-round victories here were the first WTA match wins of her career, seized a 3-1 lead in the second set before former world No 1 Jankovic roared back.

Unseeded Swiss Stefanie Voegele ousted 10th-seeded German Julia Goerges 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 to set up a quarter-final clash with Wozniacki.

Canadian Eugenie Bouchard also advanced, when third-seeded Australian Sam Stosur retired while trailing in the second set of their match with the same calf injury that prompted her to withdraw from Indian Wells in March and skip the Miami hardcourt tournament.

Bouchard was leading 6-1, 2-0 when former US Open champion Stosur called it a night. The young Canadian will face Jankovic in the quarter-finals.

On Friday, Serena Williams will try to continue her march toward a third Charleston title against Burdette, who ousted 2009 champion Sabine Lisicki of Germany in the second round.

Serena routed Safarova in last year's final, and also won the title in 2008.

Results on Thursday from the fourth day of the $795 000 WTA Family Circle Cup:

Third round

Caroline Wozniacki (DEN x2) bt Andrea Petkovic (GER) walkover
Jelena Jankovic (SRB x9) bt Jessica Pegula (USA) 6-0, 6-4
Stefanie Voegele (SUI) bt Julia Goerges (GER x10) 3-6, 6-1, 6-3
Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) bt Samantha Stosur (AUS x3) 6-1, 2-0, retired
Serena Williams (USA x1) v Mallory Burdette (USA) postponed, rain
Venus Williams (USA x5) v Varvara Lepchenko (USA x12) postponed, rain
Lucie Safarova (CZE x6) v Sorana Cirstea (ROM x11) postponed, rain
Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) v Madison Keys (USA) postponed, rain

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