Serena Williams, the 2012 and 2013 Family Circle Cup champion and world’s No. 1-ranked player, has announced she will return for the 2014 Family Circle Cup which will be played March 29-April 6.

Williams has made seven previous appearances in Charleston where she boasts a 22-4 record, and returns to the Family Circle Cup with an active fifteen-match winning streak, stemming from her 2008, 2012 and 2013 wins.

“With our past champion and World No. 1 returning to Charleston, our fans will experience the very best that women’s tennis has to offer,” said Eleanor Adams, tournament manager. “Serena is setting the bar high for our strong player field – no doubt she will be the one every other player and fan will be watching.”

The newly crowned China Open winner has had an impressive 2012 – 2013 season. In 2012, she won her first tournament of the year in Charleston at the Family Circle Cup, and then went on to win Madrid, Wimbledon, Stanford, the Olympics, the US Open and the WTA Championships. In 2013, Williams took titles in Brisbane, Miami, Charleston, Madrid, Rome, Bastad, Toronto and Beijing, as well as Grand Slam wins in Paris and New York.

“The Family Circle Cup is one of my favorite stops on the WTA Tour,” Williams said. “Charleston feels like home to me – the fans are so supportive, the restaurants are great and the tournament so historic. I’m looking forward to this spring to defend my title for the second year in a row”.

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