Serena wins, Kournikova pulls out

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:48 IST

Serena Williams picked up a trophy on Wednesday without even winning the Family Circle Cup. After defeating Dally Randriantefy of Madagascar 6-3, 6-0 to move in

Serena wins, Kournikova pulls out

South Carolina: Serena Williams picked up a trophy on Wednesday without even winning the Family Circle Cup. After defeating Dally Randriantefy of Madagascar 6-3, 6-0 to move into the third round, the WTA Tour presented Williams with a trophy in honour of the 'Serena Slam'. Williams has won the last four Grand Slam tournaments, but like Tiger Woods, she has been denied the official Grand Slam because the wins were not in the same calendar year. "Being one of the five that were able to do it in the history of tennisa€¦it is special," Williams said. If Williams reaches her goal to go undefeated in 2003, she will be the first tennis player to win the Grand Slam since Steffi Graf in 1988. Anna Kournikova withdrew from her first-round match against Conchita Martinez with an injured thigh muscle. Martinez led 6-4, 1-1 when Kournikova withdrew. The 15th-seeded Martinez, who beat Kournikova in the first round here last year, will face Thatiana Garbin of Italy in the next round. After enduring a two-hour rain delay, No. 2 seed Justine Henin-Hardenne rallied to beat Tina Pisnik of Slovenia 6-4, 3-6, 6-4. In other matches, No. 14 seed Nathalie Dechy beat Marie-Gaianeh Makaelian 6-1, 6-4. No. 6 seed Jelena Dokic needed just more than an hour to dispatch Maja Matevzic 6-1, 6-4. Dokic will face No. 13 seed Elena Dementieva, who beat defending Family Circle Cup champion Iva Majoli 3-6, 7-5, 6-1. Argentina's Paola Suarez took just an hour and 15 minutes to beat 12th seed Anna Pistolesi of Israel 7-5, 6-1. Suarez will play Russia's Vera Zvonareva, who beat eighth-seeded Patty Schnyder 6-2, 4-6, 6-4. American teenager Ashley Harkleroad beat ninth-seeded Elena Bovina of Russia 6-2, 6-2 in less than an hour. Harkleroad, who turns 18 later this month, had just two unforced errors in the match. She takes on the No. 11 seed Meghann Shaughnessy in the third round. Shaughnessy beat Russian Elena Likhovtseva 7-6 (1), 6-7 (5), 6-4. (AP)

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