Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Bouchard gets wild card into Charleston

World number 7 Eugenie Bouchard has accepted a wild card into the main draw of the Family Circle Cup, to be played April 4-12 in Charleston. Bouchard was a semifinalist last year, when she lost to eventual champion Andrea Petkovic. The Canadian star has gone as far as the semifinals at both the Australian Open and the French Open, and she was the Wimbledon runner-up last year.

Bouchard is now the top seed, followed by Ekaterina Makarova, defending champion Andrea Petkovic, and Lucie Safarova. Safarova was twice the doubles champion in Charleston, and was a finalist in singles in 2012.

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. The Family Circle Cup receives four days of live broadcast domestically on ESPN2, and is viewed internationally in more than 143 countries, featuring more than 200 hours of live and delayed global broadcast time, reaching 9+ million viewers worldwide.

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