No surprise: Serena No. 1 seed in Family Circle Cup

Bob Moran, tournament director, watches as Sarah Allen, 10, picks a chip to determine the tournament draw during qualifying Saturday, March 30, 2013 at the Family Circle Cup on Daniel Island. (Paul Zoeller/postandcourier.com) Buy this photo


Serena Williams scored a victory over Maria Sharapova today to win the Sony Open Tennis title.

Just a few hours later, she secured the No. 1 seed in the 41st annual Family Circle Cup.

Williams topped Sharapova 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 to gain a record sixth Sony title. It was her 49th title overall.

Now she turns her attention to Charleston to defend her Family Circle Cup championship. She’s the No. 1 seed and ranked No. 1 in the world. She won the 2008 Family Circle title in 2008.

Caroline Caroline Wozniacki, the 2011 Family Circle Cup champion, is the No. 2 seed.

The tournament extended a main draw wild card to Wozniacki, who is the ninth-ranked player in the world. This will be her fourth appearance in the Family Circle Cup, where she boasts a 12-2 record and an active five-match win streak.

Williams and Wozniacki are two of six past champions in the 2013 tournament. The others are Venus Williams, Sabine Lisicki, Jelena Jankovic and Sam Stosur.

Stosur is the No. 3 seed and Sloan Stephens is No. 4.


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