2008 Family Circle Cup Champion Serena Williams has entered the 2012 event in Charleston. Williams, who has won 39 singles titles--including 13 majors--called the Family Circle Cup's upcoming 40th anniversary "an important milestone in women's tennis."
Willliams, generally considered the greatest player of her generation, will be joined by the Original 9 for the anniversary celebration. Her 2008 opponent in the final, Vera Zvonareva, will also be in Charleston, as will 2010 champion Sam Stosur and 2004 champion Venus Williams.
The Family Circle Cup has one of the richest histories of any tennis tournament, and--in many ways--was the event that launched the WTA into the mainstream of sports. The tournament is played on green clay at the Family Circle Tennis Center on Daniel Island. The event is a player favorite because of its relaxed atmosphere and because of the staff's dedicated attention to detail. Fans have a lot of player access, and can also enjoy interviews, clinics, Happy Hour on the lawn, and music.
The 2012 tournament will be held March 31-April 8.