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Posted on Jan 23, 2018 2:54pm ET

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.

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Get to Know: Caroline Garcia
Posted on Jan 19, 2018 12:35pm ET

CAROLINE GARCIA

Rank:
World No. 8
Age: 24-years-old
Birthplace: Saint-Germain-En-Laye, France
Height: 5’ 10” (1.77m)
Plays: Right-Handed
Career Winnings (to date): $7,388,034 USD

2017 Year-In-Review:
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.

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Australian Open - Updates
Posted on Jan 19, 2018 12:27pm ET

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.

CONTENDERS:

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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Charleston's Shelby Rogers Returns Home to Compete in Volvo Car Open
Posted on Jan 17, 2018 11:41am ET

Charleston native Shelby Rogers will return to her hometown to play in the 2018 Volvo Car Open. She joins Caroline Garcia, Johanna Konta, Sloane Stephens, Petra Kvitová, Madison Keys, Daria Kasatkina and CiCi Bellis in the field. The Volvo Car Open will take place March 31 - April 8, 2018 on Daniel Island in Charleston, South Carolina.

The 25-year-old Rogers grew up in Charleston, where she trained at the Family Circle Tennis Center and participated in the ball crew program for the Volvo Car Open. A now infamous photo features a seven-year-old Rogers handing 2001 Charleston champion Jennifer Capriati her winning flowers as part of her official ball crew duties.

In 2010, Rogers made her debut in the Volvo Car Open tournament when she competed in its qualifying rounds. This year will mark her tenth time competing in front of her loyal, hometown crowd.

“I feel so lucky to have the opportunity to compete each year in the Volvo Car Open,” said Rogers. “The support I feel from the fans is truly incredible. I wouldn’t miss coming to Charleston and playing in this tournament for the world!”

The 2017 Volvo Car Open was a ‘Cinderella moment’ for Rogers, where she competed in four main draw matches in the tournament – three of which were decided in three sets. It was the first time Rogers reached the quarterfinals in the tournament.

"We always enjoy having Shelby return home to compete in the Volvo Car Open," said Eleanor Adams, Volvo Car Open Tournament Manager. "We have had the joy of watching her grow up on our courts, and develop into a top player on the tour. After last year's run into our quarterfinals, we could feel the energy in the stadium from Shelby's loving Charleston fanbase, and look forward to seeing the support again in April."

This past season Rogers also reached the quarterfinals in Hobart and Strasbourg.

In August, Rogers defeated Daria Gavrilova at the U.S. Open in the longest women’s single match in the tournament’s history. The record-breaking three hours and 33 minutes featured a 90-minute final set.

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.

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Two top 10 players and WTA Newcomer of the Year join 2018 field
Posted on Dec 18, 2017 10:57am ET

World No. 8 Caroline Garcia, World No. 9 Johanna Konta and WTA Newcomer of the Year Catherine ‘CiCi’ Bellis have committed to play in the Volvo Car Open’s main draw for 2018. The two top 10 players, Garcia and Konta, and 18-year-old Bellis, will be joined in the growing Charleston player field by defending Volvo Car Open champion Daria Kasatkina, U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens, two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitová and U.S. Open finalist Madison Keys.

The Volvo Car Open will take place March 31 - April 8, 2018 on Daniel Island in Charleston, South Carolina.

Next year will be the first time playing in the Volvo Car Open main draw for Konta and Bellis. Garcia will compete for the sixth time in the Volvo Car Open singles field. She won the Charleston doubles title in 2016, the same year she won the doubles title in Roland Garros.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Caroline, Jo and CiCi to Charleston,” said Eleanor Adams, Volvo Car Open Tournament Manager. “We pride ourselves on supporting a wide-range of talent, and we are proud of how the 2018 field is shaping up. It features many new faces competing in our tournament, and we know our fans are going to love interacting and rooting for these ladies!”

The three newest additions to the Charleston field each found success on the court this past season.

France’s 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 10 season of her career.

Konta also won two tournaments in 2017, in Sydney and Miami. Her Miami Open win solidified her first WTA Premier title, the best of her career, to date, and the biggest by any British woman in 40 years. Additionally, Konta reached the finals in Nottingham, the semifinals of Wimbledon, Eastbourne and Shenzhen and quarterfinals of Cincinnati and the Australian Open. She closed out the year with her second top 10 season.

Bellis was named the WTA Newcomer of the Year winner in October 2017, which was voted upon by international tennis media. Due to injury the American missed the beginning part of the 2017 season, however her successes this year include several tennis firsts for the teenager. She reached her first Premier-level semifinal in Stanford and her first Premier 5 quarterfinal in Dubai, where she defeated Agnieszka Radwanska for her first top 10 win. She also made the semifinals in Mallorca and the third round of the French Open. She reached a career-high ranking of No. 35 in August.

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.

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2018 Volvo Car Open Holiday Packages
Posted on Nov 30, 2017 9:48am ET

ACE your gift giving this season. The Volvo Car Open is offering three unique, limited-edition packages for the holidays. Browse below to find the one that will have your friends and family making a racket. Advantage, you.

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2018 PowerShares Series
Posted on Nov 26, 2017 9:29pm ET

Tickets for the 2018 PowerShares Series are now on sale!

The 2018 PowerShares Series tour, a competitive tennis circuit featuring legendary icons and world-renowned champions, will make a stop in Charleston at the Volvo Car Stadium during the Volvo Car Open on Saturday, April 7th at 8:30pm. The event features four champions playing two semifinals, with the winners meeting in a championship match.

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Reigning Volvo Car Open Champion Daria Kasatkina To Defend Her Title
Posted on Oct 24, 2017 10:46am ET

2017 Volvo Car Open champion Daria Kasatkina will return to Charleston in 2018 to defend her title. The 20-year-old Russian will join U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens, two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitová and U.S. Open finalist Madison Keys in the growing player field.

Kasatkina secured her first title in 2017 in Charleston at the Volvo Car Open where she defeated Jelena Ostapenko 6-1, 6-3 in a rare all-teenage finals match.

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Volvo Car Open partners with Terrace Theater for Battle of the Sexes movie premiere
Posted on Sep 27, 2017 3:41pm ET

The Charleston premiere of the new Fox Searchlight Pictures movie Battle of the Sexes will take place at the Terrace Theater on Friday, September 29th at 7pm. The movie is based on the true story of Billie Jean King, played by Emma Stone, and Bobby Riggs, played by Steve Carell, who competed in an iconic 1973 tennis match, billed the “Battle of the Sexes”. The match sparked a global conversation on gender equality, spurring on the feminist movement, and became the most watched televised sports event of all time.

The Volvo Car Open has partnered with the theater to host a special night for Friday’s moviegoers.

The event includes:

  • A Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs look-a-like contest for two ace-worthy prizes
  • Four ‘enter to win’ prize packages from the Volvo Car Open
  • A special gift in all movie seats
  • A free Volvo Car Open ticket for the tournament’s opening weekend

“The Terrace prides itself in its involvement with the community, and has always wanted to work with the Volvo Car Open folks,” said Paul Brown, Terrace Theater owner. “They jumped on the opportunity and the fit is perfect for this remarkable movie, Battle of the Sexes.  We are super excited!”

The “Battle of Sexes” event took place in September 1973, just four months after the inaugural Family Circle Cup (now the Volvo Car Open) in May, where King competed.

The movie portrays the Original Nine, the pioneers of the Women’s Tennis Association. In 2012, these nine remarkable women traveled to Charleston to recreate their now infamous photo holding dollar bills, which at the time symbolized contracts. The same year, the Charleston tournament dedicated its stadium court to Billie Jean King.

If you can’t attend the Friday’s premiere, save your ticket stub for any Battle of the Sexes showings at the Terrace Theater to redeem a free ticket to the Volvo Car Open's opening weekend.

For more information on purchasing tickets to the film, visit http://www.terracetheatre.com/ or call 843-762-4247. The movie will run for a minimum of two weeks at the Terrace Theater.

About Battle of the Sexes via Fox Searchlight Pictures:
The electrifying 1973 tennis match between World number one Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) was billed as the BATTLE OF THE SEXES and became the most watched televised sports event of all time.  The match caught the zeitgeist and sparked a global conversation on gender equality, spurring on the feminist movement. Trapped in the media glare, King and Riggs were on opposites sides of a binary argument, but off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles. With a supportive husband urging her to fight the Establishment for equal pay, the fiercely private King was also struggling to come to terms with her own sexuality, while Riggs gambled his legacy and reputation in a bid to relive the glories of his past. Together, Billie and Bobby served up a cultural spectacle that resonated far beyond the tennis courts and animated the discussions between men and women in bedrooms and boardrooms around the world.

About the Terrace Theater:
The Terrace Theater is a special place. With more than 220,000 customers each year, the Terrace survives and thrives in a world of box stores and soulless business models. Amongst the top 5 percent of the Art House/ Crossover cinemas in the Southeast, the Terrace attracts customers from Seabrook to Sullivan’s Island and beyond. The Terrace I the highest per screen average theater in Charleston.  The Terrace was voted the top 12 independent movie theaters in the USA, and in 2016 USA TODAY voted the Terrace a top 10 attractions in the Carolina’s.

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Sloane Stephens, Reigning U.S. Open Champion, To Play the 2018 Volvo Car Open
Posted on Sep 19, 2017 8:53am ET

Newly crowned U.S. Open champion and 2016 Volvo Car Open champion Sloane Stephens has committed to play the 2018 Volvo Car Open, March 31st – April 8th on Daniel Island in Charleston, South Carolina. Joining Stephens in the current field is Madison Keys, the 2017 U.S. Open finalist, and Petra Kvitová, a 2017 U.S. Open quarterfinalist and two-time Wimbledon champion.

Stephens’ recent U.S. Open win, her first Grand Slam singles title, came following an 11-month hiatus from the sport due to a foot injury. In historic fashion, the 24-year-old’s triumph is only the second time an unseeded player has won the tournament in the Open Era. Since her return to tennis in July, Stephens reached the semifinals in both Toronto and Cincinnati, and in five weeks this summer, won 15 matches, all against top 50 players, which culminated with the U.S. Open title.

“We couldn’t be more ecstatic for Sloane!” said Eleanor Adams, Volvo Car Open Tournament Manager. “Our fans have watched her game grow in Charleston and they have rooted her on since she first stepped onto our courts. Her U.S. Open win shows how much determination she had to get back to tennis, and we can’t wait to have her compete in our field next year,” said Eleanor Adams, Volvo Car Open Tournament Manager.

Stephens will play the Volvo Car Open for her seventh time in 2018. In 2017, unable to participate in the competition, she joined The Tennis Channel’s team as a correspondent during the tournament.  

“I’m so excited that I’ll have the chance to play the Volvo Car Open again,” said Stephens. “I wanted to defend my title last year, and was disappointed when I couldn’t due to my injury. I always love playing in front of Charleston’s supportive fans, and am so glad that I’ll be back in April!”

Stephens won the 2016 Volvo Car Open in a season where she captured two additional titles, one in Auckland and another in Acapulco.

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 go on sale today, September 19th. Patrons have the option to 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 will provide six special ticket packages in 2018, each offering more tennis at a greater value. In addition, the PowerShares Series will return to the Volvo Car Stadium on April 7th. The men’s legends event will feature Andy Roddick, Mark Philippoussis and two players new to the Charleston field.

The Volvo Car Open will also bring back its popular Ace Club from 2017, an exciting membership program for box and ticket package holders. The Ace Club is a recognition program providing 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.

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