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Serena Williams joins sister, commits to Family Circle Cup

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DANIEL ISLAND, SC (WCSC) -

Former World No. 1 Serena Williams has committed to play in this year's Family Circle Cup tournament on Daniel Island.

"I've always loved Charleston. The fans are very knowledgeable, and the intimate atmosphere makes this tournament one of my favorites," Williams said.

Williams, the 2008 Family Circle Cup Champion, is currently ranked No. 11 in the WTA rankings. She joins her sister, and 2004 Cup Champion Venus Williams, 2010 champion Samantha Stosur and Vera Zvonareva in the field for the tournament's 40th year.

"Serena is one of the most popular and recognizable athletes in the world, as well as an overwhelming fan-favorite at this event," said Eleanor Adams, Family Circle Cup Tournament Manager. "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."

The Family Circle Cup will be held March 31 to April 8 at the Family Circle Tennis Center on Daniel Island.

"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."

Throughout her 17-year career, Williams has made a mark on the sport of tennis. With 39 singles titles, including 13 majors - the most among active players, the 30-year-old superstar has notched 501 singles victories. She leads the WTA with over $34.8 million in career earnings, the most of any female tennis player in history, and more than any other female athlete in any sport. Williams has also won Olympic gold for the USA in doubles (w/ Venus Williams) at the 2000 and 2008 games.

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.

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