On Tuesday, Todd Curran checked out the top seeds at the Family Circle Cup. He got some great pics and also sent along this write-up. The play continues through Sunday, so get out to DI.

The world’s top ranking women tennis players have taken over Daniel Island for the Family Circle Cup. The top seeds of the tournament played Tuesday, and even though the main court was the big draw, the four other courts were filled to capacity. After each set, volunteers dropped the yellow rope allowing movement among the stands, resulting in a stampede of fans exiting and entering the bleachers.
I was court-hopping most of the day and tried to make it back to the center court for the number three seed Vera Zvonareva. Keeping my eye on the time, I thought, they’ll be starting their second set right now. As I walked up the stairs to my seat, I heard GAME, SET, and MATCH. She finished off Rosanna De Los Rios in two sets. Luckily I was able to get a photo of her in the autograph station.
All the vendors were out in full force handing out pamphlets, having giveaways, and chatting it up with the crowd. The best vendor allowed fans to test their returns of up to 120 mph. I had to give it a try and successfully returned the 80 and 100 mph serves. As the 120 mph was whizzing at my racket, I realized I was about to be beat by three college girls. My panic kicked in and I returned the serve sending it clear over the fence. I left with my tail between my legs knowing that I couldn’t hold my own with anyone at the Family Circle Cup.
My favorite part of the matches was when the winners hit tennis balls into the stands. I saw an amazing catch on the second tier by an older woman snagging the souvenir from the sky. I’m sure her motivation was that she saw the $12 tube of balls and didn’t want to have to pay $4 for a tennis ball.
With the weathermen predicting a sunny weekend, stop watching the matches on ESPN2 and head to Daniel Island to move your head left and right. Don’t worry, MUSC leads mid-game exercises to help with any muscle soreness. —Todd Curran

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