DANIEL ISLAND, SC - The Volvo Car Open has extended two of its five main draw wild cards to Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Andrea Petkovic. They join a deep field that includes Caroline Garcia, Johanna Konta, Sloane Stephens, Petra Kvitová, Madison Keys, Daria Kasatkina, Julia Goerges, Naomi Osaka and more in the Charleston, South Carolina. The Volvo Car Open will take place March 31 - April 8, 2018 at the Family Circle Tennis Center.
Mattek-Sands won the doubles title in Charleston in 2017 with Lucie Safarova. In addition, she won the doubles title in 2009 with Nadia Petrova. Last year, she suffered a severe knee injury, which included a knee dislocation and ruptured patella tendon at Wimbledon. After extensive rehabilitation, Mattek-Sands recently returned to the sport, playing her first singles match in Miami. This year will be her 13th time playing singles and ninth time playing doubles in Charleston.
Petkovic won the Charleston title in 2014. A former top 10 player, she has won six WTA singles titles. The 2018 Volvo Car Open will mark her sixth time playing the tournament, where she holds a 12-4 win/loss record.
"Both Bethanie and Andrea are huge fan favorites of our Charleston crowds, and we're happy that we were able to extend them wild cards into our main draw," said Bob Moran, Tournament Director. "They both have found success on our green clay, and we wish them well in our 2018 tournament."
Three additional wild cards will be announced at a later date.
The nine-day Volvo Car Open is the largest women's-only tennis tournament in North America, attracting an average of 90,000 attendees and more than 100 of the top singles and doubles tennis players.