Venus Williams Enters The Family Circle Cup

by Tripp Mateschitz, correspondent
January 30, 2006

Click for fulll image Venus Williams has entered the Family Circle Cup which is to be played April 10-16 in Charleston, South Carolina. Also playing are defending champion Justine-Henin Hardenne of Belgium and Serena Williams of the United States it was announced Monday.

The Family Circle Cup, the oldest Tier I event in the United States, made its debut in 1973. It was the first tournament to offer $100,000 in WTA Tour prize money and was also the first WTA Tour tournament to be televised on a national television network. For 2006 the Family Circle Cup will be televised on ESPN2 in the United States and on Eurosport in selected European markets.

Venus won the singles title in her first year playing at the clay-court tournament in 2004. Last year Venus played a night match and then the next day lost a day match due to fatigue. Venus' popularity meant that her match was selected to be televised on ESPN2 which was good for the television coverage and for the tournament. But it was unfortunate for Venus who for scheduled to play two singles matches in a short period of time.

"Serena and Venus are world-class ambassadors of the game and have been vital to the success that women's tennis enjoys today," said Robin Reynolds, Family Circle Cup tournament director. "We are pleased to be one of the few tournaments worldwide that will have the opportunity to showcase the talents of these two phenomenal athletes."

Venus Williams, the 2005 Wimbledon singles champion, is 6-1 at Charleston with an impressive victory over clay-court specialist Conchita Martinez 2-6, 6-2, 6-1 in the 2004 finals.

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