Australian Open Champion Serena Williams Enters 2007 Family Circle CupFor Immediate Release, February 2007
Serena Williams, reigning Australian Open champion and winner of 27 Sony Ericsson WTA Tour titles including eight Grand Slam championships, has officially entered the 2007 Family Circle Cup. Currently ranked No. 15 in the world, she will be making her fourth appearance at the Tier I tournament in Charleston. As a former World No. 1 player, Serena is one of only 15 women since computer rankings started in 1973 to hold that top honor. She will join four other players (Maria Sharapova, Justine Henin, Amélie Mauresmo and Martina Hingis) in Charleston this year that have held that elite spot in women’s professional tennis. The Family Circle Cup scheduled for April 7th - 15th, 2007 at the Family Circle Tennis Center in Charleston, South Carolina now boasts five of the Top 6 players in the world.
“Serena’s performance at the Australian Open last month was remarkable and it showed us all how determined and focused she is on getting back to the top of her game,” noted Robin Reynolds, Family Circle Cup Tournament Director. “Serena has certainly been a crowd favorite here in Charleston over the years and we are delighted to have her back. If fans want to see the best in women’s tennis then Charleston is definitely the place to be this April.”
Since her arrival on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, Serena Williams has captured the world’s attention as a top player whose power and athleticism has elevated women’s tennis to a new level of competition. With over $1.25 million in earnings this year, Serena has returned to the top of her sport in stunning fashion with a convincing victory over six seeded players, including the tournament’s top seed and current World No. 1 player Maria Sharapova, at the 2007 Australian Open. With over 325 match victories, over $17 million in career earnings, and having spent nearly seven consecutive years as a Top 10 player, Serena is always a contender in each event she enters.
“I’m really looking forward to starting my clay court season at the Family Circle Cup,” commented Serena Williams. “Charleston is a great city to visit, and I’ve always enjoyed playing the tournament.”
The 2007 Family Circle Cup will be held April 7th – 15th at the Family Circle Tennis Center in Charleston, South Carolina. The Family Circle Tennis Center is a public facility owned by the City of Charleston and operated by Family Circle Magazine that hosts a variety of events including concerts, festivals, tennis events and other special activities throughout the year. With over 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. The Tennis Center features a 10,200 seat stadium, a Grand Lawn, 17 tennis courts, all lighted for night play, a racquet club featuring a full service pro shop and locker room facilities and a full service event management staff capable of handling all aspects of an event including ticketing, operations, sales, advertising, marketing, public relations, and food & beverage. Family Circle Cup tickets are available now via phone, on-line, or at Ticketmaster outlets. For tickets or more information on the Family Circle Cup or Tennis Center please call (843) 856-7900 or visit us online at www.familycirclecup.com.