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The Volvo Car Open adds three top 15 players to its field
Posted on Feb 20, 2019 1:30pm ET

The Volvo Car Open has added three top 15 players to its 2019 field – Aryna Sabalenka, Anastasija Sevastova and Ashleigh Barty. They join a strong international player field featuring Sloane Stephens, Caroline Wozniacki, Kiki Bertens, Madison Keys, Julia Goerges, Elise Mertens, Danielle Collins and Jelena Ostapenko. The 2019 tournament is scheduled for March 30 – April 7 on Daniel Island in Charleston, South Carolina.

“We are ecstatic to announce that Aryna, Anastasija and Ash have entered the Volvo Car Open,” said Eleanor Adams, Volvo Car Open Tournament Manager. “Ash is one of the most well-rounded players on the tour, Anastasija is a returning VCO semifinalist and Aryna is making her Charleston debut!”

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Volvo Car Open extends main draw wild card to Charleston native Shelby Rogers
Posted on Feb 7, 2019 2:51pm ET

Shelby Rogers has received a wild card into the main draw of the Volvo Car Open. The 26-year-old Charleston native will compete in her first tournament since March 2018’s BNP Paribas Open, where she suffered a knee injury. The Volvo Car Open is scheduled for March 30 – April 7 on Daniel Island in Charleston, South Carolina.

“I am beyond excited for the opportunity to compete again at the Volvo Car Open this April,” said Rogers. “Charleston is where it all began for me, so it is extra special to start my comeback here with the support and encouragement of my hometown, friends, and family. A big thank you to Bob Moran and Eleanor Adams for a wild card and the chance to make more memories at my favorite WTA event.”

“It’s heartbreaking to see an athlete sustain an injury that takes them out of their beloved sport. Shelby has earned her wild card through hard work during recovery, all the while with a winning attitude! We can’t wait to see her back playing on her home courts,” said Eleanor Adams, Volvo Car Open Tournament Manager.

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. During the 2017 tournament, she reached the quarterfinals, defeating the No. 1 seed and playing in four thrilling matches, three of which were decided in three sets.

The 2019 Volvo Car Open will be Rogers’ ninth time competing in the tournament.

The nine day Volvo Car Open is the largest women’s-only tennis tournament in North America and attracts an average of 90,000 attendees and more than 100 of the top singles and doubles tennis players.

Patrons have the option to choose from individual tickets, ticket packages and travel packages. Ticket prices range from $25 for an individual session to $540 for an all-inclusive weeklong package with complimentary access into a private hospitality suite. The Volvo Car Open also offers packages that include premium seats, ticket savings and membership into the tournament’s Ace Club.

For more information on the tournament and ticket options, visit volvocaropen.com or call 800.677.2293.

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Volvo Car Open adds three young American tennis players to field
Posted on Feb 5, 2019 1:13pm ET

The Volvo Car Open has added three young American tennis players to its 2019 field - Danielle Collins, Sofia Kenin and Amanda Anisimova. They join a strong international player field featuring Sloane Stephens, Caroline Wozniacki, Kiki Bertens, Madison Keys, Julia Goerges, Elise Mertens and Jelena Ostapenko. The 2019 tournament is scheduled for March 30 – April 7 on Daniel Island in Charleston, South Carolina.

Collins and Kenin will help lead the U.S. Fed Cup team against Australia on February 9 - 10 in Asheville, North Carolina.

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2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko and World No. 12 Elise Mertens join VCO field
Posted on Jan 3, 2019 5:07pm ET

2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko and World No. 12 Elise Mertens will compete in the Volvo Car Open, the WTA tournament scheduled for March 30 – April 7 on Daniel Island in Charleston, South Carolina. Ostapenko was a 2017 Charleston finalist, however the 2019 tournament will mark the first time Mertens has competed in the Lowcountry. With the addition of Mertens and Ostapenko, the field features seven of the world’s top 25 tennis players, including Caroline Wozniacki, Sloane Stephens, Kiki Bertens, Julia Goerges and Madison Keys.

“Both Jelena and Elise are welcome additions to our 2019 field,” said Eleanor Adams, Volvo Car Open Tournament Manager. “Jelena had a fantastic run the first time she played in Charleston, and with Elise’s sensational season, we’re really looking forward to watching their talents on display come April.”

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WTA Elite Trophy is up for grabs
Posted on Oct 29, 2018 11:40am ET

Following the 2018 BNP Paribas WTA Finals in Singapore will be the second tier year-end tournament, the WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai. The tournament features 12 of the top players on the tour.

The players are split into four groups of three, with the group winners advancing to the single elimination semifinals. The player field features our 2017 Volvo Car Open champion, Daria Kasatkina and two Volvo Car Open finalists, Julia Goerges (2018) and Madison Keys (2015). Kasakina and Goerges will both be entering the event with some additional confidence as they both recently won titles.

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Wozniacki celebrates her 30th title
Posted on Oct 16, 2018 5:01pm ET

The 2018 tennis season began with Caroline Wozniacki accomplishing the biggest milestone of her career -  winning her first Grand Slam title at the Australian Open. Ten months later the Dane is still going strong and lifted her third WTA title of the season in Beijing. Wozniacki recently stated that eight was her lucky number, and coincidentally it’s been eight years since she last won the title in Beijing.

On her 2018 season, Wozniacki was quoted saying she “felt it was my year”.

In the Beijing finals, the 28 year-old defeated US Open semifinalist Anastasija Sevastova 6-3 6-3. Sevastova had downed US Open champion Naomi Osaka in the semifinals on her way to the finals. Wozniacki did not drop a single set the entire tournament.
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Stellar Sloane qualifies for the WTA Finals
Posted on Oct 16, 2018 4:36pm ET

Sloane Stephens, the World No. 8 and 2018 Miami Open Champion, became the sixth player to qualify for the WTA Finals in Singapore. The 25-year-old is set to make her WTA Finals debut with a 33-17 win/loss record this season, including four top 10 victories under her belt.

Stephens had another successful year after starting the season as the newly crowned 2017 US Open Champion.

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Brilliant Bertens steering closer to the top 10
Posted on Aug 27, 2018 2:00pm ET

Kiki Bertens is continuing her success after lifting the trophy in Charleston at the Volvo Car Open. The Dutchwoman has climbed fourteen places since Charleston by capturing the biggest title of her career in Cincinnati at the Western & Southern Open. Impressively, Bertens has had to save match points in both her titles this year.

Many people aren't familiar with Bertens record on grass and hard-court surfaces. Bertens is a powerful player with explosive groundstrokes and although her game sounds perfect for these fast-paced surfaces, in the past she has seen most of her success on clay. In fact before this year's grass and hard court season, all five of her WTA titles had been on clay and her best result in a Grand Slam was a semifinal run at the 2016 French Open. Surprisingly, Bertens had never made a final on either grass or hard-court surfaces, and her record was 0-11 against top ten players.

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Defending Champ Kasatkina Leads Former-Champ Charge in Charleston
Posted on Apr 1, 2018 2:59pm ET

A Cinderella winner here twelve months ago for her first-ever WTA title, Daria Kasatkina returns to the scene of her climb with the one thing every player wants: Momentum.

The crafty Russian, still just 20 years old, recently made the Indian Wells final on the heel of four consecutive wins over Grand Slam champions. She headlines a loaded field this week at the Volvo Car Open that features four former champions and a bevy of up-and-coming must-see WTA young guns. Kasatkina happens to fall in both those categories.

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Tags: Volvo Car Open, Charleston, Daria Kasatkina, Petra Kvitova, Madison Keys, Sloane Stephens, Naomi Osaka
 
Andrea Petkovic and Bethanie Mattek-Sands Receive Wild Cards
Posted on Mar 26, 2018 7:01pm ET

The Volvo Car Open has extended two of its five main draw wild cards to Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Andrea Petkovic. They join a deep field that includes Caroline Garcia, Johanna Konta, Sloane Stephens, Petra Kvitová, Madison Keys, Daria Kasatkina, Julia Goerges, Naomi Osaka and more in the Charleston, South Carolina. The Volvo Car Open will take place March 31 - April 8, 2018 at the Family Circle Tennis Center. 

Mattek-Sands won the doubles title in Charleston in 2017 with Lucie Safarova. In addition, she won the doubles title in 2009 with Nadia Petrova. Last year, she suffered a severe knee injury, which included a knee dislocation and ruptured patella tendon at Wimbledon. After extensive rehabilitation, Mattek-Sands recently returned to the sport, playing her first singles match in Miami. This year will be her 13th time playing singles and ninth time playing doubles in Charleston.

Petkovic won the Charleston title in 2014. A former top 10 player, she has won six WTA singles titles. The 2018 Volvo Car Open will mark her sixth time playing the tournament, where she holds a 12-4 win/loss record.

“Both Bethanie and Andrea are huge fan favorites of our Charleston crowds, and we’re happy that we were able to extend them wild cards into our main draw,” said Bob Moran, Tournament Director. “They both have found success on our green clay, and we wish them well in our 2018 tournament.”

Three additional wild cards will be announced at a later date.

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 still available. 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 Michael Chang.

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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