Doing time with the family
by Josh Eboch
Qualifying round action at the Family Circle Cup women’s tennis tournament on Daniel Island began Saturday, and delivered the enthusiastic crowd an exciting preview of the coming week. Late in the afternoon, American Angela Haynes faced a tough challenge from Cara Black, the Zimbabwean half of the number one women’s doubles team in the world. Using her experience, savvy court sense, and a precision backhand, Black took the first set 6-4, then led briefly in the second. But after a half-hour rain delay was called with the score knotted at three all, the six year age difference between the two women began to take its toll. Haynes came back and used her superior leg and ball speed to ultimately overpower Black, taking the second set 5-7, then the third 4-6.
The weather started perfectly and a good crowd filled the grounds of Family Circle Cup Stadium. Under a beating sun, the scattered hospitality tents and strawberry lemonade stands recalled memories of ChazzFest. Fortunately for organizers though, the crowd wasn’t nearly that size, because there are still a few logistical kinks to be worked out. Parking at the stadium was confusing and the appropriate directional signage was not well displayed. This reporter almost got himself arrested by a clearly hot and bored CPD officer while trying to find the media lot. Hopefully that will be addressed before the hordes descend on Daniel Island later in the week.