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Top 8 players to step onto court Tuesday

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DANIEL ISLAND, S.C. (WCIV) -- The first day of match play for the 2014 Family Circle Cup is in the books and pairings have been put together for Tuesday, the first day of play for the top 8 players in the tournament.

While many of the players with byes took time to warm up on practice courts Monday, they all appeared at the media day event just down the street from the stadium. The talk on of the day was Serena Williams and who has the game to beat her. 

Serena Williams returns to defend her title. If she wins this year, it will be three in a row -- a rarity. 

"Coming in as a two-time defending champion doesn't happen a lot. At least not in my career. Feels good to have that opportunity," she said.

Australian Sam Stosur said she loves playing against the top-ranked player in the would, but said Williams is a cut above t he rest of the field.

Tuesday is the first time tennis fans will get to see local girl Shelby Rogers take the court. Rogers earned a wildcard spot in the tournament and will face off first thing in the morning against Daniela Hantuchova on center court. 

That match will be followed by Venus Williams taking on Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, and then Stosur will take on Shvedova, who won Monday afternoon against Saisai Zheng. 

Serena Williams takes the court around 7 p.m.

Singles - First Round
[9] L Safarova (CZE) d J Larsson (SWE) 62 63
[Q] B Bencic (SUI) d [10] M Kirilenko (RUS) 61 75
[15] M Keys (USA) d M Lucic-Baroni (CRO) 76(0) 76(3)
J Cepelova (SVK) d [WC] M Oudin (USA) 76(2) 62
P Cetkovska (CZE) d V Lepchenko (USA) 61 26 60
[Q] G Min (USA) d [Q] M Larcher de Brito (POR) 63 16 63
T Pereira (BRA) d P Mayr-Achleitner (AUT) 61 76(5)
[Q] K Bertens (NED) d P Ormaechea (ARG) 75 36 63
E Svitolina (UKR) d [Q] J Gajdosova (AUS) 61 57 76(5)
Y Shvedova (KAZ) d [Q] S Zheng (CHN) 62 36 75
V Razzano (FRA) d J Goerges (GER) 60 57 62
[Q] A Kudryavtseva (RUS) d C Mchale (USA) 63 75
C Scheepers (RSA) d A Riske (USA) 46 62 63

BILLIE JEAN KING start 10:00 am
[12] D Hantuchova (SVK) vs [WC] S Rogers (USA)

Not Before 11:30 am
B Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) vs [11] V Williams (USA)
[7] S Stosur (AUS) vs Y Shvedova (KAZ)
[6] E Bouchard (CAN) vs [Q] A Kudryavtseva (RUS)

Not Before 7:00 pm
[1] S Williams (USA) vs J Cepelova (SVK)
J Husarova (SVK) / V Lepchenko (USA) vs [4] J Goerges (GER) / A Groenefeld (GER)

ALTHEA GIBSON start 10:00 am
[16] S Zhang (CHN) vs S Hsieh (TPE)
[14] A Petkovic (GER) vs [Q] L Tsurenko (UKR)
T Pereira (BRA) vs [8] S Cirstea (ROU)
V Razzano (FRA) vs [9] L Safarova (CZE)
A Rosolska (POL) / C Scheepers (RSA) vs [WC] S Cirstea (ROU) / M Kirilenko (RUS)

COURT 3 start 10:00 am
V King (USA) vs J Glushko (ISR)
A Medina Garrigues (ESP) vs L Dominguez Lino (ESP)
M Erakovic (NZL) vs [WC] N Petrova (RUS)
L Huber (USA) / L Raymond (USA) vs [WC] J Jankovic (SRB) / A Petkovic (GER)

COURT 4 start 12:00 noon
A Schmiedlova (SVK) vs [13] E Vesnina (RUS)

Not Before 2:00 pm
C Garcia (FRA) vs S Peng (CHN) 

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