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After Near Washout, Williams Sisters Lead A Brimming Day 5
By: Nicholas McCarvel

After rain produced a near-washout Thursday at the Family Circle Cup, the Friday line-up could not be more tantalizing for fans hungry for tennis action as both Serena and Venus Williams are set to play rising American stars in challenging third-round battles.
 
Thursday did see some tennis get played, including 2007 champion Jelena Jankovic book a spot in the quarterfinals with a decisive 6-0, 6-4 victory over American upstart Jessica Pegula, who qualified before winning the first two matches of her career before falling to the former world No. 1.
 
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Unseeded Stefanie Voegele upset No. 10 seed Julia Goerges 3-6, 6-1, 6-3, earning herself a place in the quarterfinals against Caroline Wozniacki, who received a walkover following Andrea Petkovic pulling out with a right calf injury.
 
Eugenie Bouchard also registered an upset, leading 2010 champion and No. 3 seed Sam Stosur 6-1, 2-0 when the Australian retired due to an ongoing calf injury. Bouchard will face Jankovic in the quarterfinals, their first meeting.
 
Read up on the matches to come as well as what’s on tap for a bustling weekend of activities around the grounds and Charleston.
 
[1] Serena Williams (USA) vs. Mallory Burdette (USA), first meeting
The two-time champion and world No. 1 has an 11-match winning streak at this tournament after a win Tuesday afternoon and faces 22-year-old Burdette in what will be a test for the former Stanford standout. Burdette has made waves since turning pro just over six months ago, and Wednesday shocked No. 15 seed and 2009 champion Sabine Lisicki, earning her second-ever win over a top 50 opponent since turning pro just over six months ago.
 
[5] Venus Williams (USA) vs. [12] Varvara Lepchenko (USA), first meeting
The 26-year-old Lepchenko at one point was wearing Venus’ line of clothing – EleVen – in her career, but is no longer doing so and faces her former outfitter for the first time across the net from one another. The 2004 champion here notched her 15th career win in Charleston Wednesday night in three sets and takes on an opponent who began 2012 outside of the top 100, but is now ranked No. 27 in the world.
 
[WC] Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) vs. Madison Keys (USA)
The wild card Mattek-Sands has made the most of her ticket into the Family Circle Cup, winning the longest match of the season in round one (it took three hours, 42 minutes) before sprinting past No. 4 seed Sloane Stephens 6-2, 6-0 in round two. But Keys, ranked No. 77 to Bethanie’s No. 113, owns their only meeting in a challenger event last year. The 18-year-old has been raising eyebrows this year, taking Li Na to three sets in Sydney before making the third round at the Australian Open. 
 
[6] Lucie Safarova (CZE) vs. [11] Sorana Cirstea (ROU), Safarova leads 2-1
It’s the only match Friday that has a history, with Safarova winning two of their three meetings, all of which have come on hard courts. But Cirstea, a former French Open quarterfinalist and top 20 player, is especially lethal on clay, and if her game is on, could produce difficulty for the lefty from the Czech Republic.
 
[9] Jelena Jankovic (SRB) vs. Eugenie Bouchard (CAN), first meeting 
What could shake down in this one? Bouchard has registered three solid wins this week, first taking out Natassja Burnett before upsetting fellow youngster No. 15 seed Laura Robson in round two and belting her way through Stosur for a set before the former champ had to pull out due to an ongoing calf injury. This is Bouchard's second WTA quarterfinal after reaching that round in DC last summer.

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