World number 11 Victoria Azarenka and world number 13 Caroline Wozniacki have entered the 2009 Family Circle Cup. Last year, Azarenka lost in the third round to Elena Dementieva, and it was a close and well-played match.
The Family Circle Cup--the first women's tournament to offer $100,000 in prize money, and the first to be broadcast on television--is played on green clay, which is a bit faster surface than European red clay, but is clay nonetheless. Players do a lot of sliding and there are a lot of service breaks, of course. The event is exceptionally well-run, and there is a lot of access to players. I have been attending since 2005 and look forward every year to my trip to Daniel Island (where the tournament is held) and Mount Pleasant, where we stay. Last year was the event's 35th anniversary, and it was very special.