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Venus Williams 40th Family Circle Cup

March 12, 2012 by staff 

Venus Williams 40th Family Circle Cup, Serena Williams entered the Family Circle Cup, joining sister Venus and 2010 champion Samantha Stosur in the field for the tournament, set for March 31-April 8 at the Family Circle Tennis Center on Daniel Island.

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

“Serena is one of the most popular and recognizable athletes in the world, as well as an overwhelming fan favorite at this event,” said Family Circle Cup tournament manager Eleanor Adams. “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 in her career, and leads active players with 13 major titles.

This year, Williams reached the quarterfinals at Brisbane and the fourth round at the Australian Open.

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,” said Williams.

“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.”

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