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VCO Player Field Update: Qatar Total Open
DOHA, QATAR - As play advances into the later rounds at the Qatar Total Open many of the 2018 Volvo Car Open player field find themselves still in the thick of the action in Doha. Fourteen players from our field entered the tournament, and of those, half still find themselves in contention as the tournament reaches the round of 16. The Qatar Total Open is setting up to provide some exciting tennis after a Fed Cup bye week.
Here is a quick update on our field in Doha...
WTA No. 7 Caroline Garcia: The Frenchwoman already finds herself in the third round of play at the Qatar Total Open. The benefactor of a first-round bye, Garcia took advantage of the added rest and battled past her second round opponent Dominika Cibulkova to win in three sets 6-3, 6-7(3), 6-0. With this win, Garcia secured her spot in the round of 16 where she’ll meet Anna Blinkova of Russia.
WTA No. 10 Julia Goerges: Goerges also finds herself into the third round after defeating her first-round opponent and VCO contender, Lucie Safarova. She then knocked out a second VCO contender and current World No. 25 Barbora Strycova in the the second round of the tournament. Goerges won this match in three sets 6-2, 3-6, 6-1. The German will face Mihaela Buzarnescuin her next match, who is also competing in Charleston.
Player Field Update: Fed Cup Action
Just up the road in Asheville, NC, play is set to begin as round one of Fed Cup action kicks off. The Fed Cup is an international team-tournament that takes place throughout the course of the year. World Group I and World Group II begin the first round of play this weekend to see which teams advance to the World Group semifinals and playoffs taking place at the end of April. The Volvo Car Open has a handful of players representing their countries who will also be participating in our tournament this April.
Whatever you're craving, there's something to suit your taste at the Volvo Car Open. After entering the gates, you'll find a wide variety of options at our unique food and beverage destinations throughout the grounds. Enjoy!
We're counting down the days until professional tennis starts again in Charleston! And - we're only 50 days out!
This year's tournament features new faces in our main draw, including Petra Kvitova, Johanna Konta and CiCi Bellis. We're also welcoming back some crowd favorites in Sloane Stephens, Madison Keys and Shelby Rogers.
As our player field keeps growing - we're looking forward to the great competiton in April that will take place on our green clay courts.
Don't miss out as these exceptional women (and men during our PowerShares Series event) put it all on the line.
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Germany’s Julia Goerges has committed to play the 2018 Volvo Car Open, just days after breaking into the WTA’s top 10 and reaching the semifinals in the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy. Goerges already won the ASB Classic earlier this year, where she defeated now World No. 1 and Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki in the final.
She joins Caroline Garcia, Johanna Konta, Sloane Stephens, Petra Kvitová, Madison Keys, Daria Kasatkina, Shelby Rogers and CiCi Bellis in the Charleston, South Carolina field. The Volvo Car Open will take place March 31 - April 8, 2018 at the Family Circle Tennis Center.
The 29-year-old’s 2017 season was highlighted with wins at the WTA Elite Trophy in Zhuhai and the Kremlin Cup in Moscow, where she beat current Volvo Car Open champion Kasatkina for the title. She also reached the finals in Washington, D.C., Bucharest and Mallorca and semifinals in Budapest and Auckland last year.
“Breaking into the top 10 has been a great accomplishment for me, and I feel that I’ve been playing some of the strongest tennis of my career recently,” said Goerges. “I’m really looking forward to returning to Charleston. It’s always a fun atmosphere there, and the level of competition is great.”
The 2018 Volvo Car Open will be the fifth time Goerges has competed in Charleston, but the first since 2014. She reached the quarterfinals of the tournament in 2011.
“The addition of Julia to our strong player field is very exciting for our tournament,” said Eleanor Adams, Volvo Car Open Tournament Manager. “Her dominance on the court lately makes for the tennis matches we all love to watch. An elegant but fierce competitor, I know our fans have missed watching Julia and we are excited to welcome her back”.
The nine-day Volvo Car Open is the largest women’s-only tennis tournament in North America, attracting an average of 90,000 attendees and more than 100 of the top singles and doubles tennis players.
Tickets for the 2018 Volvo Car Open are available now. Patrons can choose from individual tickets, ticket packages and travel packages. Ticket prices range from $25 for an individual session to $525 for the all-inclusive weeklong package. The Volvo Car Open is providing six special packages in 2018, each offering more tennis at a greater value. In addition, the PowerShares Series returns to the Volvo Car Stadium on April 7th. The men’s legends event features Andy Roddick, Mark Philippoussis, Tommy Haas and one additional player to be announced at a later date.
The Volvo Car Open is bringing back its popular Ace Club from 2017, an exciting membership program for box and ticket package holders. The Ace Club provides unparalleled amenities and benefits during the tournament. In addition, members have the option to receive access into the Ace Lounge, an exclusive hospitality marquee providing first-class accommodations including, live entertainment, air-conditioning, elevated food options and more.
For more information on the tournament and ticket options, visit volvocaropen.com or call 800.677.2293.
Petra Kvitova brings home the win again! The 27-year-old two-time Wimbledon champion captured her first title of the year at the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy. This victory marks her 21st career title and places her 5th in highest total singles titles among active players.
A rematch of our 2015 Volvo Car Open final will take place tonight in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open at 7pm EST. Our 2015 champion, Angelique Kerber of Germany, will face off against American Madison Keys to see who advances to the semifinals at the Grand Slam in Australia.
The two competitors treated Charleston crowds to a thrilling finals match in 2015, where the veteran Kerber managed to edge-out Keys in three sets, winning 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 to take the title. In an embattled, almost 3 hour match, the final set provided an exciting comeback in which Kerber battled back from a 4-1 deficit to capture the final set and eventual title. Flash forward to 2018 where Keys and Kerber will rematch in quarterfinals play at the Australian Open, in what is building to be a gem of a draw.
Madison Keys, who has already committed to the field for the 2018 Volvo Car Open, has had her powerful style of play on full display so far in Melbourne. Dominating opponents through the first four rounds of play, No. 17 Keys cruised past world No. 8 Caroline Garcia, another VCO hopeful, in the fourth round to secure a spot in the quarterfinals. Keys hasn’t lost a set yet in this Grand Slam, and she is the only American woman left in the tournament. It’s been a great run for Keys after injury forced her to miss last year’s Australian Open.
On the other side of net, Angelique Kerber might be the only player playing as hot as Keys in the tournament. She is the only player to have lost fewer total games in the tournament, (13 games compared to Keys’ 14), and is also the only former Grand Slam singles winner left in play. Kerber, a former World No. 1, has had the upper hand in past matches with Keys, but all bets are off as the two look to be healthy and playing some of their most dominant tennis of the season so far. Can Kerber become one step closer to repeating her 2016 Australian Open victory, or will Keys get the revenge she’s been seeking since our 2015 final?
We’ll find out tonight. Be sure to tune in for the quarterfinal action tonight, Feb. 23rd at 7:00pm EST.
Rank: World No. 8
Birthplace: Saint-Germain-En-Laye, France
Height: 5’ 10” (1.77m)
Career Winnings (to date): $7,388,034 USD
France’s Caroline Garcia won two back-to-back singles titles in 2017 in Wuhan and Beijing, respectively, before qualifying for the WTA Finals where she reached the semifinals. On her way to the Beijing title, she defeated Simona Halep and Elina Svitolina, ranked No. 2 and No. 3 at the time. Her match against Svitolina was named the ‘Best Match of the Year’ by WTA, as Garcia completed a three-set, three-hour unseeded victory over Svitolina by saving match point. She also reached four semifinals and three quarterfinals this year, and had her first top 1 0 season of her career.
Midway through the 3rd round of play at the 2018 Australian Open two WTA professionals also in the field at this year’s Volvo Car Open are still going strong, deep into the tournament - Caroline Garcia and Madison Keys. Here’s an update on all of the players you’ll be able to see in action at the Volvo Car Open this April right here in Charleston, SC.
France's Caroline Garcia, currently ranked No. 8 in the world by the WTA, started the tournament by defeating Germany's Carina Witthoeft in two sets to advance past the first round. In second round action, Garcia started off slow against the young Czech star Marketa Vondrousova, but experience won out as the veteran took the last two sets 14 games to 8. Garcia is predicted to make a deep run in this year’s Aussie Open as she draws the 87th ranked Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus for her third round match up. Match play begins tonight, Jan. 19th at 9:00pm EST.
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