By Rachel Vinson
Sabine Lisicki, one of the 6 Xperia Hot Shots, won her 1st round match today against Renata Voaracova 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 on Tuesday at the Family Circle Cup.Â Although Liscicki is very popular here in Charleston, her popularity has been overshadowed by a dog, Happy, her Yorkshire terrier that she takes with her on the tour.
Happy is being taken care of at the the tournamentâ€™s doggy daycare which is sponsored by Mighty Dog, a dog food for small dogs.Â The daycare came about because Mighty Dog was working with Family Circle Cup on other projects, and realized that there was a need for a facility to take care of the playerâ€™s dogs.Â The daycare opens at the start of play each day and is staffed with students training to be veterinarian technicians.
I had a chance to visit Happy while his mother was battling it out on Stadium Court and like his mother, he was not pleased with the windy weather.
Because Happy had been the only dog in the daycare on Monday, he was joined on Tuesday by another yorkie friend, Sir. Rutlegde who belongs to a Family Circle Cup volunteer.
Happy is now so popular that Lisicki was asked a few questions about him in her post-match news conference:
Q: I understand you have a very small little dog?
Sabine Lisicki: Yes
Q: Thereâ€™s a place around here that keeps your dog during he day?
Sabine Lisicki: Yes
Q: Itâ€™s a very favorite I hear.Â And does it make you feel more settled to be on court when you know that your puppy is near or your dog is near?
Sabine Lisicki:Â Oh, definitely and also the ladies are taking good care of him.Â So itâ€™s great to have my dog with me.Â And I love Happy.Â His name is Happy.Â And he definitely is a happy dog.Â You know, itâ€™s great to have my parents and my dog here.Â So the entire family is here.
Hopefully the weather will be more favorable for both during the rest of the week.Â Sabine plays Marion Bartoli next.
To learn more about the Xeperia Hot Shots click here. (http://www.sonyericsson.com/xperiahotshots/)
To learn more about Mighty Dog Nation click here. (http://www.mightydognation.com)
Rachel Vinson is the author of Onthegotennis.com and is covering Family Circle CupÂ as media for Tennis Panorama News. Follow her tweets from Charleston at @GVTennisNews and follow her on twitter at @Onthegotennis.
FAMILY CIRCLE CUP – CHARLESTON, SC, USA
APRIL 2 – APRIL 10, 2011
RESULTS – APRIL 5, 2011
Singles – Second Round
 S Peer (ISR) d S Arvidsson (SWE) 61 63
 Y Wickmayer (BEL) d J Zheng (CHN) 64 60
C Mchale (USA) d  A Kleybanova (RUS) 61 60
 S Peng (CHN) d A Morita (JPN) 62 61
 J Goerges (GER) d [Q] E Birnerova (CZE) 16 75 20 Retired
C Scheepers (RSA) d J Craybas (USA) 63 62
[Q] S Mirza (IND) d V King (USA) 67(6) 64 62
 M Kirilenko (RUS) d V Lepchenko (USA) 64 60
 D Hantuchova (SVK) d A Kudryavtseva (RUS) 61 76(3)
 B Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) d A Hlavackova (CZE) 62 26 76(6)
[Q] A Tatishvili (GEO) d J Dokic (AUS) 75 26 64
T Paszek (AUT) d M Oudin (USA) 61 75
E Gallovits-Hall (ROU) d [WC] J Hampton (USA) 76(1) 75
[WC] S Lisicki (GER) d R Voracova (CZE) 36 64 62
P Mayr-Achleitner (AUT) d S Zhang (CHN) 61 64
Doubles – First Round
 B Mattek-Sands (USA) / M Shaughnessy (USA) d N Grandin (RSA) / V Uhlirova (CZE) 46 75 10-0
ORDER OF PLAY – WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6, 2011
STADIUM start 10:00 am
 N Petrova (RUS) vs E Gallovits-Hall (ROU)
Not Before 11:30 AM
 C Wozniacki (DEN) vs [Q] I Falconi (USA)
P Mayr-Achleitner (AUT) vs  S Stosur (AUS)
 J Jankovic (SRB) vs T Paszek (AUT)
Not Before 7:00 PM
[WC] S Rogers (USA) / P Schnyder (SUI) vs A Kudryavtseva (RUS) / A Rodionova (AUS)
[WC] S Lisicki (GER) vs  M Bartoli (FRA)
ALTHEA GIBSON start 10:30 am
 D Hantuchova (SVK) vs E Rodina (RUS)
 M Kirilenko (RUS) vs [Q] A Tatishvili (GEO)
Not Before 2:00 PM
 B Mattek-Sands (USA) vs E Vesnina (RUS)
D Hantuchova (SVK) / M Kirilenko (RUS) vs A Hlavackova (CZE) / R Voracova (CZE)
S Mirza (IND) / E Vesnina (RUS) vs  L Huber (USA) / L Raymond (USA)
COURT 3 start 11:00 am
 K Peschke (CZE) / K Srebotnik (SLO) vs V Dushevina (RUS) / T Poutchek (BLR)
Not Before 1:00 PM
A Rodionova (AUS) vs  B Zahlavova Strycova (CZE)
M Kondratieva (RUS) / S Lefevre (FRA) vs R Kops-Jones (USA) / A Spears (USA)
COURT 4 start :
Not Before 1:00 PM
A Kleybanova (RUS) / Z Yan (CHN) vs J Goerges (GER) / N Petrova (RUS)
S Peng (CHN) / J Zheng (CHN) vs  V King (USA) / B Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) – After suitable rest