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Serena Williams announced return to Family Circle Cup

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DANIEL ISLAND, S.C. – 2012 Family Circle Cup champion Serena Williams will return to Charleston for the 41st Family Circle Cup, March 30 – April 7, to defend her title.

Ranked the No. 2 player in the world, Serena Williams joins Samantha Stosur and sister, Venus Williams, in a world-class player field assembling in Charleston.

"It's always exciting to have a past champion return to defend her title," said Eleanor Adams, Tournament Manager. "And when that champion is Serena Williams, one of the most famous athletes in the world – we know our fans will be excited. Serena plays well in Charleston, and we're looking forward to welcoming her back for a sixth time."

Undeniably talented, Williams, the 18-year tennis veteran, has made her mark on the sport. With 47 WTA single titles, 15 Grand Slam single titles, 13 Grand Slam doubles titles and 724 total career wins, Williams has earned herself more prize money than any other female tennis player in history.

Williams has made six previous appearances in Charleston where she boasts a 17-4 record, and returns to this event with an active ten-match win streak in progress, stemming from her 2008 and 2012 Cup wins.

"The Family Circle Cup is one of my favorite tournaments to play on the WTA Tour," said Williams. "I love the great fans, the tournament history and everything Charleston has to offer on and off the court. I'm definitely looking forward to defending my title there this spring."

In 2012, Williams won her first tournament of the year in Charleston at the Family Circle Cup, and then went on to win Madrid, Wimbledon, Stanford, the Olympics, the US Open and the WTA Championships.

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