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Happy hour event puts top 8 FCC seeds together

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Wozniacki. Wozniacki.
Williams. Williams.
Safarova. Safarova.

DANIEL ISLAND, S.C. (WCIV) – While the main draw is taking place inside the stadium, the top eight seeds of this year's Family Circle Cup were at the Daniel Island Club for a media happy hour.

Leading the way was defending champion Serena Williams, fresh off her win at Key Biscayne over the weekend.

Far from the dog days of August, it's April and the clay season is just starting up and each of the players is excited to be in Charleston for their own reasons.

"I always look forward to coming back here to the South, go to Cracker Barrel and Waffle House – I'm excited to be back," said Sloane Stephens.

The young gun American is one of the players to beat and one of the only women in the field to scatter, smother and cover the hottest player on the tour, Williams, in the past year.

"I've been playing much better, had a good week in Miami, excited to be in Charleston and I hope for a great week," said Stephens.

Williams has a transition to make, and she knows it.

"It takes time to transition hard to clay are night and day. We'll see, there's no pressure to win so we'll see what happens," Williams said.

The only player to be more dominant than Williams in her win at Family Circle Cup in 2010, but she's hobbling into Charleston this year.

"Each day it's a bit better and better. I'm pretty happy with progress I've made the last couple of weeks since being home and doing rehab. Each day I do a bit more. Hopefully by Wednesday I'll be ready to go," Stosur said.

And Charleston fits right in for Carolina Wozniacki, part of a power couple. Her boyfriend Rory McIlroy won on Kiawah in August.

"It would be great (to win) but it's not really what I'm thinking about to be honest. I want to play well. I'm so proud of what Rory did last year and there's a big tournament next week," she said.

She will head to Augusta next.

But first, she and everyone else is looking to master the clay on Daniel Island.

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