Our 2017 champion Daria Kasatkina has been relentless in Dubai, and her tough play in some grueling matches has earned her a spot in the finals at the Dubai Duty-Free Championships. Kasatkina’s road to the finals began with a tough second round draw against WTA No.12 Johanna Konta, a 2018 Volvo Car Open contender. Kasatkina came back from a one set deficit and saved two match points in what would result in a 4-6, 7-6(6), 6-2 victory for the Russian, granting her a spot in the quarterfinals.
In the quarterfinals, Kasatkina won her first set against Elena Vesnina, who will also play in Charleston, in yet another bout of tie-breakers before closing out the match in the second set. She grabbed the victory 7-6(6), 6-1 to advance to the semifinals.
Her semifinal match would result in yet another long battle, this time coming against World No. 3 Garbiñe Muguruza, the current Wimbledon champion. Kasatkina put her endurance and determination on display yet again to come away with her fifth career victory over a top 5 opponent. She won the match 3-6, 7-6(11), 6-1 to secure a finals appearance. There, she’ll meet No. 1 seed and World No. 4 Elina Svitolina, who defeated Angelique Kerber, Naomi Osaka and Qiang Wang on the way to the finals.
Kasatkina hasn’t displayed any signs of fatigue on her journey to the finals in Dubai. The Duabi final marks her third ever finals appearance for Kasatkina, and if she is able to come away with a victory, it will set another milestone in her career.
Kasatkina will look to defend her first WTA title come April, right here in Charleston, SC. Her career has taken off since the win last spring, and we’re ecstatic to have her back for the 2018 tournament when we kick off in a few weeks. Don't have tickets yet? There's still time to grab single session and ticket packages. Browse now.
As another round of play draws to a close in Dubai, athletes from our 2018 Volvo Car Open player field are putting their talents on display. Four Charleston players have advanced to the quarterfinals. The draw is setting up to deliver some exciting tennis - and we’re here to give you the quick rundown on what’s happening overseas. Here’s an update on our how our player field is fairing in tournament play and the upcoming match-ups to keep your eyes on.
WTA No. 7 Caroline Garcia: Garcia was able to get past fellow VCO player, Lucie Safarova, in the first round. Garcia defeated Safarova 6-3, 7-5 to advance. The Frenchwoman then went on to beat Ekaterina Makarova 6-4, 6-2 in the second round, landing her a spot in quarterfinals at Dubai. She'll meet World No. 3 Garbiñe Muguruza in a match sure to pack a punch. The two were just opponents in Doha's quarterfinals, where Muguruza took the win in three sets. Could this be the rematch Garcia is vying for?
WTA No. 23 Elena Vesnina: Elena Vesnina battled past Peng Shuai of China to win her first round match in two sets 6-4, 7-5. The Russian went on to defeat her first top 10 opponent of the year with a win against World No. 6 Jelena Ostapenko, defeating the 4th seed 6-1,7-6(6). Her quarterfinal match-up is set to provide even more excitement as she takes on reigning Volvo Car Open champion Daria Kasatkina.
WTA No. 24 Daria Kasatkina: The defending Volvo Car Open champion, Kasatkina won her first match in two sets, defeating Agnieszka Radwanska 7-5, 6-4 to advance. Kasatkina then battled against World No. 12 Johanna Konta, another VCO contender, in her second round match-up. The three set match ended in a hard fought victory for Kasatkina as she won 4-6, 7-6(8), 6-2, to advance to the quarterfinals. Her next opponent will be Elena Vesnina, yet another athlete in our player field who's making a deep run in Dubai.
WTA No. 48 Naomi Osaka: Naomi Osaka started her Dubai tournament off with a statement win against World No. 14 Kristina Mladenovic of France in two quick sets. She grabbed another victory in round two as she defeated Anett Kontaveit 6-2, 7-6(5). The 20-year-old is really developing as young player, moving back into the WTA's top-50 last week. Osaka will face the number one seed Elina Svitolina of Ukraine in the quarterfinals.
This tournament is providing our Volvo Car Open fans with an exciting preview of what’s in store for them when our athletes make their way to Charleston come April.
We are thrilled to have our players doing so well in other tournaments throughout the world. We’ll keep you updated on the progress of these stellar athletes throughout the tourney in Dubai. Be sure to check in on the player field as the Volvo Car Open draws near. The excitement is growing, and we can’t wait until the first ball is served in just a few short weeks!
Rank: World No. 24
Birthplace: Togliatty, Russia
Height: 5' 7" (1.70 m)
Career Winnings (to date): $2,431,891 (USD)
Our 2017 Volvo Car Open Champion Daria Kasatkina has been making great strides since winning her first-ever WTA title here in Charleston last April. The title propelled the Russian athlete to the best season of her professional career in 2017 as she went on to make another final in Moscow and achieved the best Grand Slam run of her career with a fourth round appearance at the U.S. Open. With 2018 already providing a semifinal appearance in St. Petersburg and a strong run in the making at the Dubai Duty-Free Championships, don’t look for this rising star to be going anywhere anytime soon!
Her favorite tennis court surface is clay, so no wonder she's gone on to win our tournament in her second appearance. She also reached the quarterfinals in Charleston in 2016 before losing to eventual champion Sloane Stephens in three sets.
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VCO Player Field Update: Qatar Total Open
DOHA, QATAR - As play advances into the later rounds at the Qatar Total Open many of the 2018 Volvo Car Open player field find themselves still in the thick of the action in Doha. Fourteen players from our field entered the tournament, and of those, half still find themselves in contention as the tournament reaches the round of 16. The Qatar Total Open is setting up to provide some exciting tennis after a Fed Cup bye week.
Here is a quick update on our field in Doha...
WTA No. 7 Caroline Garcia: The Frenchwoman already finds herself in the third round of play at the Qatar Total Open. The benefactor of a first-round bye, Garcia took advantage of the added rest and battled past her second round opponent Dominika Cibulkova to win in three sets 6-3, 6-7(3), 6-0. With this win, Garcia secured her spot in the round of 16 where she’ll meet Anna Blinkova of Russia.
WTA No. 10 Julia Goerges: Goerges also finds herself into the third round after defeating her first-round opponent and VCO contender, Lucie Safarova. She then knocked out a second VCO contender and current World No. 25 Barbora Strycova in the the second round of the tournament. Goerges won this match in three sets 6-2, 3-6, 6-1. The German will face Mihaela Buzarnescuin her next match, who is also competing in Charleston.
Player Field Update: Fed Cup Action
Just up the road in Asheville, NC, play is set to begin as round one of Fed Cup action kicks off. The Fed Cup is an international team-tournament that takes place throughout the course of the year. World Group I and World Group II begin the first round of play this weekend to see which teams advance to the World Group semifinals and playoffs taking place at the end of April. The Volvo Car Open has a handful of players representing their countries who will also be participating in our tournament this April.
Whatever you're craving, there's something to suit your taste at the Volvo Car Open. After entering the gates, you'll find a wide variety of options at our unique food and beverage destinations throughout the grounds. Enjoy!
We're counting down the days until professional tennis starts again in Charleston! And - we're only 50 days out!
This year's tournament features new faces in our main draw, including Petra Kvitova, Johanna Konta and CiCi Bellis. We're also welcoming back some crowd favorites in Sloane Stephens, Madison Keys and Shelby Rogers.
As our player field keeps growing - we're looking forward to the great competiton in April that will take place on our green clay courts.
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Germany’s Julia Goerges has committed to play the 2018 Volvo Car Open, just days after breaking into the WTA’s top 10 and reaching the semifinals in the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy. Goerges already won the ASB Classic earlier this year, where she defeated now World No. 1 and Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki in the final.
She joins Caroline Garcia, Johanna Konta, Sloane Stephens, Petra Kvitová, Madison Keys, Daria Kasatkina, Shelby Rogers and CiCi Bellis in the Charleston, South Carolina field. The Volvo Car Open will take place March 31 - April 8, 2018 at the Family Circle Tennis Center.
The 29-year-old’s 2017 season was highlighted with wins at the WTA Elite Trophy in Zhuhai and the Kremlin Cup in Moscow, where she beat current Volvo Car Open champion Kasatkina for the title. She also reached the finals in Washington, D.C., Bucharest and Mallorca and semifinals in Budapest and Auckland last year.
“Breaking into the top 10 has been a great accomplishment for me, and I feel that I’ve been playing some of the strongest tennis of my career recently,” said Goerges. “I’m really looking forward to returning to Charleston. It’s always a fun atmosphere there, and the level of competition is great.”
The 2018 Volvo Car Open will be the fifth time Goerges has competed in Charleston, but the first since 2014. She reached the quarterfinals of the tournament in 2011.
“The addition of Julia to our strong player field is very exciting for our tournament,” said Eleanor Adams, Volvo Car Open Tournament Manager. “Her dominance on the court lately makes for the tennis matches we all love to watch. An elegant but fierce competitor, I know our fans have missed watching Julia and we are excited to welcome her back”.
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.
Tickets for the 2018 Volvo Car Open are available now. Patrons can choose from individual tickets, ticket packages and travel packages. Ticket prices range from $25 for an individual session to $525 for the all-inclusive weeklong package. The Volvo Car Open is providing six special packages in 2018, each offering more tennis at a greater value. In addition, the PowerShares Series returns to the Volvo Car Stadium on April 7th. The men’s legends event features Andy Roddick, Mark Philippoussis, Tommy Haas and one additional player to be announced at a later date.
The Volvo Car Open is bringing back its popular Ace Club from 2017, an exciting membership program for box and ticket package holders. The Ace Club provides unparalleled amenities and benefits during the tournament. In addition, members have the option to receive access into the Ace Lounge, an exclusive hospitality marquee providing first-class accommodations including, live entertainment, air-conditioning, elevated food options and more.
For more information on the tournament and ticket options, visit volvocaropen.com or call 800.677.2293.
Petra Kvitova brings home the win again! The 27-year-old two-time Wimbledon champion captured her first title of the year at the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy. This victory marks her 21st career title and places her 5th in highest total singles titles among active players.
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