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Rising American Star Sloane Stephens Enters Family Circle Cup Field

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Sloane Stephens, World No. 16, has committed to the 2013 Family Circle Cup, March 30th - April 7th in Charleston, SC.  At nineteen, Stephens is currently the youngest player in the top 20 WTA rankings, and the only teenager. 

Indisputably playing her best tennis yet, Stephens recently had a major career breakthrough at the 2013 Australian Open when she upset World No. 1 Serena Williams in the quarterfinals, becoming the youngest American to ever defeat Williams.

"After watching Sloane perform so well in the Australian Open, we are excited to see her game continue to mature at the Cup," said Eleanor Adams, Tournament Manager.  "The fans love watching her play, so Charleston could be a place for her to really shine."

The 2013 Family Circle Cup will mark Stephens' third appearance in Charleston. 

"I've put a lot of hard work in over the past year and it's starting to pay off," said Stephens. "I'm looking forward to returning to the Family Circle Cup as it's our first clay court tournament of the year. Charleston is a beautiful city with great tennis fans"

Stephens has seen success in the Grand Slam singles tournaments.  She made it to the third round of the 2011 and 2012 US Open, the third round of the 2012 Wimbledon Championships, the fourth round of the 2012 French Open and the semifinals of the 2013 Australian Open.  

She joins Williams, Samantha Stosur, Venus Wiliams, Sara Errani and Mona Barthel in a world-class player field assembling in Charleston for the Family Circle Cup, featuring three of the world's top 10 players.

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