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Serena named FCC top seed; Qualifying matches begin

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Serena Williams, a two-time Family Circle Cup champion and the number 1 overall player in the world, was named as the top seed for the 41st Family Circle Cup at the annual Draw Party on Daniel Island on Saturday. 

Williams and the other top 8 seeds all receive a bye into the 2nd round. Also among the top 8 are 2011 champion Caroline Wozniacki (2), 2010 winner Sam Stosur (3), Sloane Stephens (4) and 2004 champion Venus Williams (5). 

Two other former winners are in the field as well. Sabine Lisicki, the 2009 winner, will face Anna Tatishvilli in the first round while 2007 champ Jelena Jankovic faces American Melanie Oudin in the opening round. 

Also on Saturday, qualifying matches began as 32 players face off for the extra 8 spots in the field. Among the highlights, Daniel Island native Shelby Rogers came up short of qualifying falling to Grace Min 7-6 (4), 6-2. 

38-year-old Jill Craybas also failed in her attempt to reach the main draw, falling to 19-year-old Jessica Pegulia 6-2, 6-2. 

There are several notable names who are still in contention this week, joining Min in the final round of qualifying. Americans Mallory BurdetteJessica PegulaVania King and Louisa Chirico all notched wins, as did upcoming teen Eugenie Bouchard of Canada and the No. 1 and 3 seeds - and twin sisters - Karolina and Kristyna Pliskova.

While Karolina is the top seed, it's Kristyna who needed just 32 minutes in a 6-0, 6-1 effort over Chiara Scholl.

Qualifying continues Sunday with King challenging the top-ranked Pliskova for a spot in the main draw while Burdette takes on her compatriot Chirico, a 16-year-old Louisiana native.

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