The Nos. 2 and 3 seeds in the Family Circle Cup qualifier advanced Saturday. The No. 1 seed will try to advance today.
Russian Chanelle Scheepers is the No. 1 seed in the qualifier for the second straight year. She received a bye Saturday and faces 15th seed Eva Hrdinova, who advanced with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Liga Dekmeijere.
Scheepers was the No. 1 seed last year, but was knocked out on the opening day as Catalina Castano pulled off a 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 upset victory.
The No. 2 seed, Ekaterina Ivanova, advanced with an easy 6-0, 6-0 victory over Alexandra Stevenson, the daughter of former NBA great Julius Erving.
The No. 3 seed, Monique Adamczak, advanced with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Coco Vandeweghe. Vandeweghe is the niece of former UCLA basketball star Kiki Vandeweghe.
The biggest story of the day was the impressive play of Daniel Island resident Shelby Rogers. She lost a three-set decision to fellow American Christina McHale. McHale won 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 in front of approximately 2,500 fans at Althea Gibson Club Court.
Dominika Cibulkova had to pull out of the Family Circle Cup after getting injured Saturday at Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Cibulkova would have been the No. 10 seed in the tournament. She is ranked No. 29.
In the money
Playing in a qualifier isn't always glamorous. It's also not very financially rewarding either.
The women who played in the Family Circle Cup qualifier Saturday and lost received $520 for their efforts. Players who reached today's second round received $1,000.
Beginning Monday, the money gets a little better. The women who reach the round of 56 get a $1,965 paycheck. Those women talented enough to reach the round of 32 get $3,830. A round of 16 participant makes $7,600, and a quarterfinalist makes $14,825. Semifinalists get $28,750. The runner-up gets $55,500 and the champion earns $107,000 for her week's work.
Welcome to Charleston
At least 10 women will make their debut in the Family Circle Cup's main draw this week.
The newcomers include Chang Kai-Chen, Angelique Kerber, Vesna Manasieva, Magdalena Rybarikova, Sharon Fichman, Micelle Larcher de Brito, Anastasia Pavyluchenkova, Julia Goerges, Ekaterina Makarova and Alison Riske.
Riske played in the 2008 and '09 qualifiers.
Delightful weather, sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-70s, plus hometown girl Rogers attracted 5,226 to Saturday's session. That was just 17 off last year's record of 5,243.
Last year's total attendance was 87,786.
The best Family Circle attendance is 92,375 set in 2005.