Two of the five main draw wild cards for the Family Circle Cup have been filled with the addition of Charleston's Shelby Rogers and 2006 champion Nadia Petrova to the field.
The 2014 tournament now has six returning past champions with Petrova, Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Sabine Lisicki, Jelena Jankovic and Samantha Stosur.
Rogers brings the American player list to 10, the most American entries into the main draw since 2001, when 11 players from the U.S. played.
"We love giving deserving athletes an opportunity to play in the Family Circle Cup's main draw," said Eleanor Adams, Family Circle Cup Tournament Manager. "Nadia and Shelby both have strong ties to our tournament's history. Nadia as a past champion, and Shelby as winner of our Dunlop Junior tournament and beloved by our city."
Petrova was among a ground-breaking group of players who led the Russian revolution in women's tennis at the beginning of the millennium. Since 2005, Petrova has collected 37 WTA titles, 13 in singles and 24 in doubles, and has held a career high ranking of World No. 3 in both.
In 2006, Petrova won the Family Circle Cup title with a 6-3,4-6, 6-1 victory over Patty Schnyder. Petrova holds a 13-6 record at the tournament and is ranked seventh in money leaders with $404,570 in total prize earnings.
Rogers grew up on the green clay courts of the Family Circle Tennis Center and was a member of the Family Circle Cup's ball crew. She began her professional tennis career in 2009, and in 2012 captured her first title on the ITF circuit and has since won four more.
The Family Circle Cup's remaining three wild cards, including two top-20 players, will be announced at a later date. The tournament begins March 29 and wraps up April 6.
For more information, call (800) 677-2293 or go to familycirclecup.com,
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