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Three More Former Champions Eliminated At Family Circle Cup

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DANIEL ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - The upsets on Daniel Island continued on Thursday as 4th seed Sabine Lisicki was routed in her 3rd round matchup. While fan favorite Venus Williams was also eliminated and 2010 winner Sam Stosur was ousted in 3 sets during the nightcap at the Family Circle Cup on Daniel Island. 

Williams, playing the marquee match of the day, ran into 6th seed Eugenie Bouchard who took control of the match by winning the 1st set in a tiebreaker.
Venus would come back and looked to take control by winning the 2nd set 6-2, then going up a break in the third set. 

But Bouchard would break right back and had enough to outlast Venus 7-6, 2-6, 6-4 to advance to Friday's quarterfinals. 

Lisicki was not as lucky. She was routed by her fellow countryman Andrea Petkovic 6-1, 6-0 in less than an hour. 

Stosur, the 7 seed this year, took a 1 set lead over 9th seed Lucy Safarova and was up 3-1 in the 2nd set. From there, Safarova took over. She won 5 of the last 6 games to take the 2nd set 6-4. Safarova would outlast Stosur in the final set 6-4 to advance. She'll face Petkovic in the quarterfinals on Friday. 

Another former champion, and the highest seeded player left, 2nd seed Jelena Jankovic was pushed in the first set against Ajla Tomljanovic winning 7-5. But she settled down and cruised in the 2nd set 6-1. 

The 1st match of the day on Billy Jean King court saw 3rd seed Sara Errani need two tiebreakers to get past Shuai Peng 7-6, 7-6. 

RESULTS - APRIL 03, 2014
Singles - Third Round

[2] J Jankovic (SRB) d A Tomljanovic (CRO) 75 61
[3] S Errani (ITA) d S Peng (CHN) 76(6) 76(5)
[14] A Petkovic (GER) d [4] S Lisicki (GER) 61 60
[6] E Bouchard (CAN) d [11] V Williams (USA) 76(6) 26 64
[9] L Safarova (CZE) d [7] S Stosur (AUS) 36 64 64
[12] D Hantuchova (SVK) d T Pereira (BRA) 62 63
J Cepelova (SVK) d [13] E Vesnina (RUS) 76(4) 36 63
[Q] B Bencic (SUI) d E Svitolina (UKR) 67(4) 64 61
Doubles - Quarterfinals

[3] R Kops-Jones (USA) / A Spears (USA) d [WC] J Jankovic (SRB) / A Petkovic (GER) 64 16 16-14
[PR] H Chan (TPE) / Y Chan (TPE) d [WC] S Cirstea (ROU) / M Kirilenko (RUS) 63 46 10-8
First Round
M Erakovic (NZL) / A Parra Santonja (ESP) d [1] S Hsieh (TPE) / S Peng (CHN) 54 RetiredORDER OF PLAY - FRIDAY, APRIL 04, 2014
BILLIE JEAN KING start 11:00 am
M Erakovic (NZL) / A Parra Santonja (ESP) vs A Medina Garrigues (ESP) / Y Shvedova (KAZ) 

Not Before 1:00 pm
[6] E Bouchard (CAN) vs [2] J Jankovic (SRB) 
[9] L Safarova (CZE) vs [14] A Petkovic (GER) 
[3] S Errani (ITA) vs [Q] B Bencic (SUI) 

Not Before 7:00 pm
J Cepelova (SVK) vs [12] D Hantuchova (SVK) 
A Kudryavtseva (RUS) / A Rodionova (AUS) vs [4] J Goerges (GER) / A Groenefeld (GER) 
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