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At the Family Circle Cup, the sight of a player consulting with her coach during a match is not unusual. Players are allowed to call for their coach during breaks, and often do when things are not going well.
Some WTA Tour stars would rather do without, however.
“In Miami, I was able to solve a lot of problems myself,” said Serena Williams, who came from behind to beat Maria Sharapova in the Sony Open finals. “I like to be able to do it on my own. The last thing I want to hear at a time like that is somebody telling me something.”
Former Family Circle Cup champ Jelena Jankovic has also been playing without a coach. She’s been working with her brother instead.
“It’s great,” she said. “My brother knows me better than anyone. I’m playing much better and I have a lot more confidence. I believe in myself a lot more and I work hard every day.
“For me, it’s all about having a good surrounding and people that know me best and wish the best for me.”
Caroline Wozniacki, the 2011 Family Circle Cup champ, also keeps it in the family. She is coached by her father, Piotr, who made an on-court visit during his daughter’s 6-1, 6-1 win over Silvia Soler-Espinosa on Wednesday.
“I have a very close relationship with my dad. He has coached me since I started playing,” she said. “So I like it this way. And I’m pretty sure that this is how it’s going to be until I finish playing. I feel it’s the way I can get the most out of my tennis.”
Quote of the day
“Stop being such a muppet!” — No. 16 seed Laura Robson said during her three-set loss to 19-year-old qualifier Eugenie Bouchard.
A documentary movie about the Williams sisters “Venus and Serena” is out on iTunes this week and hits theaters next month. It follows the travails of the sisters during the 2011 season, when Venus was dealing with her autoimmune disease and Serena fighting off the effects of a life-threatening pulmonary embolism.
“That was a tough year for us,” Venus said. “We both had so many injuries and issues. Seeing that is motivating, to see how much we did overcome.”
Of her disease, Venus said he’s learned to set limits for herself.
“You focus on the things you can accomplish,” said Venus, who is 32 and ranked No. 24. “I’ve changed my lifestyle. I don’t work as much, but I work as hard. And I’ve learned to delegate.”
Caroline Wozniacki, who will go to Augusta next week to watch boyfriend Rory McIlroy play in The Masters, said watching golf in person is “like going out for a picnic. You walk around, and it’s nice and chill.”
But it’s not so chill when Rory is in contention.
“It’s worse to watch on TV,” she said. “If you just sit at home, it’s like, ‘OK, come on, just make the putt!’ ”
When the rain comes
The forecast calls for a 100 percent chance of rain today in the Charleston area, and 30 percent on Friday. Good news is, that’s down to zero percent on Saturday and 10 percent Sunday.
Wednesday’s big matchups brought out big crowds. Wednesday’s day session drew 6,872 fans while the night matches brought in 6,998 fans.
That pushed the five-day total to 44,153 fans.