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Venus Williams commits to 2013 Family Circle Cup

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DANIEL ISLAND, S.C. (FCC) – Venus Williams, former World No. 1 and 2004 Cup Champion, has officially entered the 2013 Family Circle Cup.

Williams joins World No. 9, Samantha Stosur, in the top-notch player field assembling on Daniel Island. The 41st Family Circle Cup will be contested March 30 – April 7, 2013 at the Family Circle Tennis Center.

"Venus is a tennis superstar with adoring fans and passion for the game, which makes it so exciting to watch her compete," said Eleanor Adams, Family Circle Cup Tournament Manager. "I know our fans at the Cup are eager to have her return again in 2013."

Venus Williams is gaining momentum again after winning her first tournament in nearly two years, this past month, in Copenhagen. Ranked at No. 103 at the end of the 2011 season, Williams currently holds No. 24 for the WTA singles rankings.

Williams' tennis career has spanned over the last two decades, leaving an indisputable mark on the world of women's professional tennis. With 44 singles titles, including 14 majors, Williams has won four gold medals in the Olympic Games, capturing the latest this summer in London alongside sister Serena Williams.

"I'm thrilled to return again to the Family Circle Cup," said Williams. "2013 will mark my sixth time competing in Charleston. It's a tournament that feels like home to me, and one that I always look forward to playing in."

In her five previous appearances in Charleston, Williams has accumulated an impressive 14-4 record. In 2012, she made it to the quarter-finals with a win over Anastasia Rodionova, but lost to Samantha Stosur 6,3 in the third set. Williams is one of five women to win the Cup in a debut appearance. 

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