Two more Grand Slam champions enter Charleston Open

Victoria Azarenka (Provided by Western & Southern Open)
Victoria Azarenka (Provided by Western & Southern Open)
Published: Mar. 1, 2023 at 2:48 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, S.C. – 2022 Wimbledon champion and World No. 10 Elena Rybakina and two-time Australian Open champion and World No. 14 Victoria Azarenka have entered the Credit One Charleston Open, the largest women’s-only tennis tournament in North America. The tournament, which was recently named the WTA 500 Tournament of the Year, is the annual clay season kickoff event on the WTA Hologic Tour. The Charleston Open is scheduled April 1 - 9 in the renovated and modernized Credit One Stadium on Daniel Island in Charleston, South Carolina.

Charleston’s player field now features eight of the world’s top 15 players, including World No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka, World No. 3 Jessica Pegula, World No. 4 Ons Jabeur, World No. 8 Daria Kasatkina, World No. 9 Belinda Bencic, World No. 10 Rybakina, World No. 11 Veronika Kudermetova and World No. 14 Azarenka.

“Adding two Grand Slam champions to an already strong field reinforces the level of talent that will be on display in April at the Credit One Charleston Open,” said Bob Moran, Tournament Director of the Credit One Charleston Open and President of Charleston Tennis LLC. “Elena is the defending Wimbledon champion and recently competed in the finals at the Australian Open. Victoria is consistently a top player on tour, winning two Australian Open titles, reaching three US Open finals and just last month playing in the semifinals in Melbourne. We are extremely proud of the caliber and depth of our player field and are excited for our fans to experience the best in women’s tennis in Charleston.”

Rybakina began the 2022 season with a finals finish at Adelaide International 1 and a quarterfinals appearance in Indian Wells before winning her maiden Grand Slam at Wimbledon. She defeated seven opponents to capture the title, including a set down comeback in the final against 2022 Charleston finalist Jabeur. The 23-year-old became the first player representing Kazakhstan to win a Grand Slam singles championship and is currently the only player from her home country to ever be ranked in the world’s top 10.

Rybakina recently reached the finals at the Australian Open, defeating World No. 1 Iga Swiatek in the fourth round before succumbing to eventual champion and Charleston contender Sabalenka. The 2023 Charleston Open will be her third time in the player field.

Azarenka has 21 career WTA singles titles, including the 2012 and 2013 Australian Opens. She is also a two-time Grand Slam mixed doubles champion and a mixed doubles Olympic Gold medalist. Her resume contains an impressive 18 Grand Slam quarterfinals or better appearances, including the 2023 Australian Open semifinals and three US Open finals.

The former World No. 1 has held a top 20 or better ranking for 14 of the past 16 seasons. This will be Azarenka’s first time competing in the Charleston Open since 2010 and her third time in the field.

The nine-day Credit One Charleston Open showcases a singles draw of 56 players, a qualifying draw of 32 players and a doubles draw of 16 players. The event traditionally hosts more than 90,000 attendees on Daniel Island.