Venus Williams to play in WTT Finals Weekend in Charleston

  • Posted: Thursday, August 16, 2012 12:17 a.m.
Venus Williams hits a forehand against Chanelle Scheepers, from South Africa, during a match at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012, in Mason, Ohio. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

Venus Williams, even at age 32, is still a hot commodity in the tennis world. That’s why Family Circle Cup general manager Bob Moran is so excited that the seven-time Grand Slam singles titlist is coming to Daniel Island next month for the World Team Tennis Finals Weekend.

Williams will play for the defending champion Washington Kastles as they try to extend their record 30-match winning streak Sept. 14-16 at Family Circle Tennis Center.

John McEnroe is also bound for the Finals Weekend to try to bolster the New York Sportimes’ chances against the Kastles in the 6:30 p.m. Eastern Conference championship match on Sept. 15.

“Venus is extremely excited about helping the Kastles extend their winning streak,” Moran said Wednesday. “And John is a huge WTT fan … That and coming back to Charleston where he has felt really comfortable the last two years (at Family Circle events) solidified him coming.”

Lindsay Davenport and the Orange County Breakers will battle the Sacramento Capitals in the Western Conference final on Sept. 14 at 6:30 p.m. The two conference champions will square off for the WTT championship on Sept. 16 at 3:30 p.m.

Williams is fresh from winning the doubles gold medal with her sister Serena in the London Olympics. Venus notched back-to-back three-set wins over Maria Kirilenko of Russia and Chanelle Scheepers of South Africa Tuesday and Wednesday at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.

The Kastles won last year’s WTT title on Daniel Island and then went 14-0 this summer for their 30 straight victories. They need just four wins to break the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers’ record for consecutive wins by a major U.S. pro sports franchise. No other major U.S. pro team has ever posted back-to-back unbeaten regular seasons.

WTT Finals Weekend tickets can be purchased by calling (800) 677-2293. The event is offering a free terrace level ticket for the Sunday final with the purchase of Friday-Saturday tickets (box seats not included).

Reach James Beck at jamesbecktennis@gmail.com. See his columns on pro tennis at ubitennis.com/english.

WORLD TEAM TENNIS

WHAT: WTT Finals Weekend

WHEN: Sept. 14-16

WHERE: Family Circle Tennis Center

TICKETS: (800) 677-2293

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