Venus Williams set to return to Family Circle Cup

  • Thursday, February 13, 2014

Family Circle Cup 2004 Family Circle Cup champion Venus Williams will compete in the tournament this year for the seventh time in her career.

Venus Williams, former World No. 1 and 2004 Family Circle Cup Champion, has officially entered the 2014 Family Circle Cup. Younger sister, Serena Williams, Jelena Jankovic and Sloane Stephens join Venus, a seven-time Grand Slam singles champion, in a world-class field of athletes forming for the 42nd tournament, March 29 – April 6 in Charleston, S.C.

“Venus is one of the greats,” said Eleanor Adams, Family Circle Cup Tournament Manager. “She created a brand of power tennis that is now a staple on the women’s tour, a type of tennis that our fans can’t get enough of. We’re excited to have her back in Charleston this spring.”

The 2014 Family Circle Cup will mark Williams’ seventh appearance in Charleston, where she holds a 17-5 record. In 2013, Venus made a return to the Cup’s final four, losing in the semifinal to sister and current World No. 1, Serena Williams. The match marked the first time the sisters met in singles since 2009, and the first time on clay since 2002.

“I love traveling to Charleston and playing in a stadium where the fans always get behind me,” said Venus. “The Family Circle Cup has come to have a special place in my heart, and a tournament I always look forward to.”

The 2013 season marked Williams’ 16th time in the WTA’s Top 50, proving her staying power among the game’s elite. In total, she’s captured 44 WTA singles titles, the second most among active players and the seventh highest of all time. Along with her singles accomplishments, Williams has amassed 21 doubles titles, including 13 Grand Slam championships and three Olympic gold medals.

The 2014 season has begun with a promising start for Williams, appearing in the finals of Auckland before succumbing to Ana Ivanovic in three sets.

Tickets to the 2014 Family Circle Cup are on sale at www.FamilyCircleCup.com or by calling the box office at 800-677-2293. Patrons can purchase single-session tickets, or choose from a variety of ticket packages.

Gift the ultimate experience at the 2014 Family Circle Cup – the package consists of VIP treatment in one of our air-conditioned sky suites located 100 feet above center court, food and beverage and a ladies M-Fil Dunlop racket. Package also includes the opportunity to interact with a player during a guest appearance and autograph session. To purchase, call 843-849-3154 or email travel@familycirclecup.com.

About the Family Circle Cup

The Family Circle Cup is the largest women’s-only tennis tournament in the world, and Family Circle is the longest running title sponsor of a sporting event in the United States, as well as in all of professional tennis, worldwide. With more than 21 million readers, Family Circle is one of the most widely read monthly magazines in America and is one of 14 leading subscription magazines owned by Meredith Corporation, which speaks to 80 million women nationwide. The Family Circle Cup receives four days of live broadcast domestically on ESPN2, and is viewed internationally in more than 143 countries, featuring over 200 hours of live and delayed global broadcast time, reaching 9 million viewers worldwide.

For more information on the Family Circle Cup, call 800-677-2293, email info@familycirclecup.com, or visit www.FamilyCircleCup.com, Facebook (Family Circle Cup) or Twitter (@FamilyCircleCup).

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