Samantha Stosur, World No. 9 on the WTA Tour, has become the first player to commit to the 2013 Family Circle Cup, March 30th – April 7th, 2013.
The 2013 tournament will become Stosur's seventh appearance at the Family Circle Cup. She won the Family Circle Cup singles title in 2010, defeating Vera Zvonareva 6-1, 6-3, in just 52 minutes. Stosur also holds the doubles title for 2006 with Lisa Raymond.
"I'm excited to return to the Family Circle Cup again this year," said Stosur. "It's one of my favorite tournaments and whenever I get the chance to play in Charleston, I always look forward to it."
The 28-year-old top-ranked Australian has notched more than 390 career singles victories, been ranked as high as World No. 4 and amassed total career earnings of $11,291,537. Most notably, Stosur won the 2011 US Open.
"The Family Circle Cup is thrilled to welcome Sam back for the seventh time," said Eleanor Adams, Family Circle Cup Tournament Director. "She is a fan favorite here in Charleston, and as a Top 10 player, a true force in the WTA."
In August, Stosur was asked by TennisIDENTITY what tournament she most enjoys outside of the Grand Slams. In which she responded, "One that always stands out is Charleston. I love playing there. It's just a really nice club and everybody in that town seems to really get behind the tennis and the stands are full from first rounds to the final…I actually think it's the longest running WTA event so they know what they're doing and they treat us very nice and they've got some of the best restaurants I've ever been to in that town…"