Serena Williams enters Family Circle Cup

Serena Williams

Nathan Denette

Tennis star Serena Williams has entered the Family Circle Cup, joining her sister Venus and 2010 champion Samantha Stosur in the field for the 40th edition of the tournament, set for March 1-April 8 at the Family Circle Tennis Center on Daniel Island, officials announced today.

Williams is currently ranked No. 11 in the world and won the Family Circle Cup in 2008.

"Serena is one of the most popular and recognizable athletes in the world, as well as an overwhelming fan-favorite at this event," said Eleanor Adams, Family Circle Cup tournament manager. "We couldn't be happier to welcome another former champion to our player field as we prepare to celebrate our 40th year in women's professional tennis."

Serena Williams, 30, has won 39 singles titles and more than $34 million in her career, and leads active players with 13 major championships. This year, Williams reached the quarterfinals at Brisbane and the fourth round at the Australian Open.

"The Family Circle Cup's 40th year celebration is an important milestone in women's tennis," said Serena Williams. "This tournament has a key place in history, so I'm always happy to compete in Charleston."

Williams has made five previous appearances in Charleston where she accumulated $336,540 in prize money, boasts a 12-4 record, and returns to this event with an active five-match win streak in progress, stemming from her 2008 Cup championship. Her Charleston earnings rank her at No. 7 among all-time Family Circle Cup money leaders.

"I've always loved Charleston. The fans are very knowledgeable, and the intimate atmosphere makes this tournament one of my favorites," added Williams.