Shelby Rogers has a great draw for the 42nd Family Circle Cup.
She's in the same quarter as Serena Williams, right?
But otherwise, the homegrown product of Daniel Island is just a long shot, not a "no shot," in the main draw that was announced Saturday.
Top-seeded and top-ranked Serena Williams, of course, is in a different zone, having won the last two Family Circle titles, and three in all, and fresh from marching through Li Na on Saturday for her seventh Sony Open title.
After a first-round bye, Serena will play either American Melanie Oudin or first-time Family Circle main draw player Jana Cepelova of Slovakia in the second round.
Third-seeded Sara Errani, a clay-court specialist, heads the quarter opposite Williams' top quarter. But highly touted American Sloane Stephens, the fifth seed, also is in that quarter of the draw.
The 110th-ranked Rogers was working on an eight-event first-round winning streak before suffering a one-sided loss in the opening round of qualifying at the Sony Open. So, that pressure is off her back.
Now, all that Rogers has to think about is her large following of local fans in her second Family Circle main draw match. She lost in the first round to veteran Jill Craybas in 2011, dropping the third set, 6-0, after winning the first set.
"I feel more comfortable this time. I'm older and I've improved as well," said Rogers, a former junior Family Circle champion. "I just feel really comfortable here ... the home cooking and it's really nice to stay in your own house."
Bryan Minton sees 12th-seeded Daniela Hantuchova as a good first-round opponent for his former pupil. Hantuchova is tall and lanky and not particularly a great clay-court player. In short, Hantuchova has had an up-and-down career marked by inconsistencies in her game.
As far as facing Hantuchova in the opening round, she said, "I'm OK with the draw. I've never played or practiced with her. But the first round is tough, no matter.
"She hits a hard, flat ball that I think is better suited for hard courts. I'll just try to get her out of her rhythm."
Hantuchova was a first-round loser last year on Daniel Island.
The winner of the Rogers/Hantuchova match, which is expected to be played either Monday or Tuesday, will advance to play a qualifier in the second round, with a possible meeting with Serena in the quarterfinals.
Former champion and 2013 finalist Jelena Jankovic is the No. 2 seed and is in the bottom half of the draw in the same quarter as 11th seed and 33-year-old former champion Venus Williams.
A player to keep an eye on is No. 6 Eugenie Bouchard of Canada, an Australian Open semifinalist who also is in the quarter with Venus and Jankovic.
Former champions Samantha Stosur (No. 7) and Sabine Licki (No. 4) are in the third quarter of the draw.
Six former champions are in the field, with Nadia Petrova joining the Williams sisters, Stosur, Lisicki and Jankovic.
Ten Americans are among the 48 players in the 64-player main draw, excluding eight byes and eight qualifiers.
Reach James Beck at firstname.lastname@example.org. See his columns on pro tennis at ubitennis.com/english.
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