Jelena Jankovic, 2007 Family Circle Cup champion, enters 2014 event on Daniel Island

Jelena Jankovic celebrates a point scored during the championship match against Serena Williams in last year's Family Circle Cup final. Jankovic won the first set 6-3 before losing the final two sets, 6-0, 6-2. (File/Staff) Buy this photo

Jelena Jankovic, a 2013 Family Circle Cup finalist and past champion, has officially entered the 2014 tournament.

Jankovic, the World No. 8 player who won the Family Circle Cup in 2007, joins World No. 1 and defending champion Serena Williams in the 2014 tournament Mar. 29–April 6 at the Family Circle Tennis Center on Daniel Island.

Jankovic had a resurgent 2013 season. She began the year ranked outside of the top 20, but ended it ranked No. 8 after reaching the semifinals of the WTA Championships,

“Jelena Jankovic‘s 2013 season has made for some thrilling tennis matches to watch,” said Eleanor Adams, Family Circle Cup tournament manager. “Her personality draws fans in, but her powerhouse tennis skills are what makes them continue to cheer for her. The Family Circle Cup is excited to welcome Jelena back, at the top of her game, to Charleston for the 10th time.”

Jankovic has made nine previous appearances in Charleston, where she holds an 18-8 record and the 2007 singles title. Throughout her 14-year WTA career, she has accumulated 13 singles titles, 530 singles victories, more than $15.3 million in prize money and a World No. 1 ranking in 2008.

“The Family Circle Cup is such a special tournament to me, and I always have so much fun in Charleston,” said Jankovic. “I’m already looking forward to being back there this spring.

“The tournament has the greatest fans, and I’m excited for another shot at its historic title.”

Ticket packages, travel packages and individual session tickets are available at FamilyCircleCup.com or by calling the box office at (800) 677-2293.

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