Two American players will square off in today's doubles championship at the Family Circle Cup.

American Vania King and her partner, Michaella Krajicek of the Netherlands, advanced to today's doubles championship of the Family Circle Cup. King and Krajicek beat American Abigail Spears and Nathalie Grandin of South Africa, 6-4, 7-6 (4) in the opening event of Saturday's Family Circle Cup play.

King and Krajicek will face the team of Nadia Petrova and Liezel Huber in today's final at 11 a.m. on Stadium Court. They beat Ekaterina Makarova and Marie-Eve Pelletier, 6-2, 6-2.

Huber was both in Durban, South Africa, but has been an American citizen since 2007. She lives in Houston and helps victims of hurricanes Rita and Katrina through her non-profit foundation, Liezel's Cause.

Turning their backs on tennis

The second semifinal singles match Saturday between Samantha Stosur and Hantuchova offered some outstanding tennis, but hundreds of fans turned their backs to the action on the clay court.

Instead, their eyes were turned to the sky as they tried to get a glimpse of the aerial show being put on by the Blue Angels precision flying team. The edges of the upper bleachers were lined and the walkways that faced Charleston Harbor offered good vantage points, although nothing to compare with being out on the harbor.

Television schedule

ESPN2 will cover today's championship match from 1-3 p.m. Cliff Drysdale and Pam Shriver are the commentators.


A total of 8,005 fans turned out for Saturday's semifinals, bringing the week's total to 79,748.