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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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VCO Champion Kasatkina into Final of Dubai after upset of World No. 3 Muguruza
Posted on Feb 23, 2018 4:56pm ET

Our 2017 champion Daria Kasatkina has been relentless in Dubai, and her tough play in some grueling matches has earned her a spot in the finals at the Dubai Duty-Free Championships. Kasatkina’s road to the finals began with a tough second round draw against WTA No.12 Johanna Konta, a 2018 Volvo Car Open contender. Kasatkina came back from a one set deficit and saved two match points in what would result in a 4-6, 7-6(6), 6-2 victory for the Russian, granting her a spot in the quarterfinals.

In the quarterfinals, Kasatkina won her first set against Elena Vesnina, who will also play in Charleston, in yet another bout of tie-breakers before closing out the match in the second set. She grabbed the victory 7-6(6), 6-1 to advance to the semifinals.

Her semifinal match would result in yet another long battle, this time coming against World No. 3 Garbiñe Muguruza, the current Wimbledon champion. Kasatkina put her endurance and determination on display yet again to come away with her fifth career victory over a top 5 opponent. She won the match 3-6, 7-6(11), 6-1 to secure a finals appearance. There, she’ll meet No. 1 seed and World No. 4 Elina Svitolina, who defeated Angelique Kerber, Naomi Osaka and Qiang Wang on the way to the finals.

Kasatkina hasn’t displayed any signs of fatigue on her journey to the finals in Dubai. The Duabi final marks her third ever finals appearance for Kasatkina, and if she is able to come away with a victory, it will set another milestone in her career.

Kasatkina will look to defend her first WTA title come April, right here in Charleston, SC. Her career has taken off since the win last spring, and we’re ecstatic to have her back for the 2018 tournament when we kick off in a few weeks. Don't have tickets yet? There's still time to grab single session and ticket packages. Browse now.

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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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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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Petra Kvitova makes Charleston debut
Posted on Aug 1, 2017 10:07am ET

Petra Kvitová will make her Charleston, South Carolina tennis debut at the 2018 Volvo Car Open, March 31st – April 8th on Daniel Island. The two-time Wimbledon champion returned to the WTA circuit in May 2017 after a complex hand injury following a home invasion in December 2016. Her resilience helped her capture her 20th WTA title in June of 2017 in Birmingham, just following her comeback.

“No one has shown more desire and strength to be on a tennis court than Petra Kvitová,” said Eleanor Adams, Volvo Car Open Tournament Manager. “Her comeback after a life-threatening incident eight months ago is nothing short of miraculous. It is our absolute pleasure to welcome Petra to Charleston, where our fans will have the opportunity to cheer her on for the first time!”

“I’m very thankful to be able to play in the 2018 Volvo Car Open,” said Kvitová.  “I was looking forward to the tournament last year and am excited that I’ll be able to compete in front of Charleston fans for the first time this year. See you in April!” 

Kvitová ended the 2016 season with titles at Wuhan and Zhuhai, as well as helping the Czech Republic to a historic fifth Fed Cup trophy in six years.

In addition to her two titles in 2016, she captured a bronze medal in the Rio Olympics, was a finalist in Luxembourg, made the semifinals in New Haven and Stuttgart and made the quarterfinals in Indian Wells and Beijing.

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 70+ of the top tennis players.

Tickets for the 2018 Volvo Car Open will go on sale on September 12th at 9am ET. 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.

The tournament 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 tent 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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2017 Volvo Car Open: Tournament Recap
Posted on Apr 18, 2017 12:29pm ET

The 2017 Volvo Car Open was full of everything a tennis fanatic could dream of - exhilarating tennis - filled with upsets and breakout stars, fan-friendly activities, food trucks and lots of opportunities to interact with your favorite players. The two finalists, rising teen superstars Daria Kasatkina and Jelena Ostapenko battled in the first all-teen final since 2009 in Linz with Russian player “Dasha” finally taking the crown—her first WTA title ever.

It was a breakthrough tournament for hometown sweetheart, Shelby Rogers. Out of her four previous appearances in Daniel Island, she had only taken home one win. All that changed this year when she upset top seed Madison Keys in the second round of the tournament. Rogers made it all the way to the quarterfinals after breezing by Naomi Osaka on Thursday night and represented her city with a shirt gifted to her by doubles standout, Bethanie Mattek-Sands, which read “Ms.Rogers Neighborhood.” Though Rogers was knocked out by veteran Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, the hometown crowd got a taste of what Rogers had to offer and couldn’t help but pour out their support for the local hotshot.

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