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Serena Williams announces return to Family Circle Cup for '14

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2013 Family CircleCup champion and World No. 1 Serena Williams, will return to Charlestonfor the 42nd Family Circle Cup, March 29th – April 6th, 2014, to defend hertitle for the second year in a row.

Williams has made seven previous appearances in Charleston where she boasts a22-4 record, and returns to the Family Circle Cup with an active fifteen-matchwinning streak, stemming from her 2008, 2012 and 2013 wins.

"With our past champion and World No. 1 returning to Charleston, our fans willexperience the very best that women's tennis has to offer," said Eleanor Adams,Tournament Manager. "Serena is setting the bar high for our strong player field– no doubt she will be the one every other player and fan will be watching."

The newly crowned China Open winner has had an impressive 2012 – 2013 season. In 2012, she won her first tournament of the year in Charleston at theFamily Circle Cup, and then went on to win Madrid, Wimbledon, Stanford, theOlympics, the US Open and the WTA Championships.  In 2013, Williams tooktitles in Brisbane, Miami, Charleston, Madrid, Rome, Bastad, Toronto andBeijing, as well as Grand Slam wins in Paris and New York.

Arguably one of the most successful and recognizable female athletes, Williams,the 18-year tennis veteran, has impacted the sport indefinitely. With 56 WTAsingles titles, 17 Grand Slam singles titles, 13 Grand Slam doubles titles and795 total career wins, she has earned herself more prize money than any otherfemale tennis player in history.  

"The Family Circle Cup is one of my favorite stops on the WTA Tour," saidSerena Williams. "Charleston feels like home to me – the fans are sosupportive, the restaurants are great and the tournament so historic.  I'mlooking forward to this spring to defend my title for the second year in arow".  

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