Family Circle Cup adds Kerber, Makarova to field

The 2015 Family Circle Cup tennis tournament will be played April 4-12. AP Photo/File

Anqelique Kerber, ranked No. 9 in the world, and No. 10 Ekaterina Makarova have joined current champion Andrea Petkovic in the 2015 Family Circle Cup player field. The Family Circle Cup takes place April 4–12 on Daniel Island.

“We are excited to bring these powerful and talented players to Charleston to join our 43rd tournament player field,” said Eleanor Adams, Family Circle Cup tournament manager. “Kerber and Makarova are fierce competitors to be reckoned with, and we are happy our fans will have the opportunity to watch them play live in Charleston.”

The 2014 season marks the third year in a row that Kerber has finished with a year-end ranking within the top 10. The left-handed German reached the finals in four WTA tournaments last year and made at least the third round in all four Grand Slams.

The 2015 Family Circle Cup will be Kerber’s second appearance in Charleston, her first in five years. In 2010, she made the third round of the tournament before losing to Daniela Hantuchova in three sets.

“I’m very much looking forward to my return to Charleston for the Family Circle Cup this spring,” said Kerber. “Charleston is a beautiful city with great tennis fans.”

Russia’s Makarova is currently the only WTA player in both the singles and doubles top 10.

She broke into the WTA singles top 10 for the first time in her career in January 2015, stemming from a standout 2014 season that included a singles quarterfinals appearance at Wimbledon, and her first Grand Slam singles semifinal at the U.S. Open. Makarova also took home a Grand Slam doubles win at the U.S. Open, and appeared in the doubles final at both the Australian Open and in Miami.

The 2015 Family Circle Cup will be Makarova’s first time competing in the Charleston tennis tournament.

“It’s a great feeling to be ranked within the top 10 for my first time,” said Makarova. “I’m looking forward to building on my momentum from the 2014 season and playing in Charleston.”

Tickets are available at FamilyCircleCup.com or by calling the box office at (800) 677-2293.