Past champions Jelena Jankovic, Sabine Lisicki and Samantha Stosur have entered the field for the Volvo Car Open on Daniel Island, bringing to six the number of former champs entered in the WTA event formerly known as the Family Circle Cup.
That trio joins former winners Venus Williams, Andrea Petkovic and defending champ Angelique Kerber in the tournament, which is set for April 2-10.
“As former champions of our tournament, Jelena, Sam and Sabine have acquired a large fan following in Charleston,” said Eleanor Adams, Volvo Car Open tournament manager. “Combined, this year will mark 29 tournaments in Charleston for these three talented ladies. We are so lucky.”
Jankovic, currently ranked No. 19 in the world, has won 15 WTA singles titles, including the 2007 Family Circle Cup. The former World No. 1 has made 12 previous appearances in Charleston, with a 21-10 record and a finals appearance in 2013.
“I love playing tennis in Charleston and on the green clay,” said Jankovic. “I won it there in 2007, was a finalist and now I’m ready to win again.”
Stosur, No. 27, has made nine previous appearances in Charleston and holds a 13-8 record with a 2010 title and a semifinal run in 2012. Stosur has won eight WTA singles titles, including two in 2015. The former U.S. Open champion finished the season in the top 30 for the seventh year in a row.
“It’s no secret that I enjoy visiting and playing tennis in Charleston,” said Stosur. “I have developed great relationships with the tournament staff and fans over the years. I’ve already booked reservations at a number of my favorite Charleston restaurants, and a few new ones, too.”
Lisicki has made five previous appearances in Charleston and holds a 12-4 record, including her 2009 title. She has won four WTA singles titles and is ranked No. 32.
“I’ll always think fondly of playing in Charleston since it’s where I won my first WTA title,” said Lisicki. “I enjoy coming back each year, seeing the fans and exploring the city.”
Tickets for the 2016 Volvo Car Open are now on sale. For more information on tickets, call 800-677-2293 or visit http://www.volvocaropen.com. Patrons can purchase single session tickets, or choose from a variety of ticket and travel packages.