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.
World No. 8 Caroline Garcia, World No. 9 Johanna Konta and WTA Newcomer of the Year Catherine ‘CiCi’ Bellis have committed to play in the Volvo Car Open’s main draw for 2018. The two top 10 players, Garcia and Konta, and 18-year-old Bellis, will be joined in the growing Charleston player field by defending Volvo Car Open champion Daria Kasatkina, U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens, two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitová and U.S. Open finalist Madison Keys.
The Volvo Car Open will take place March 31 - April 8, 2018 on Daniel Island in Charleston, South Carolina.
Next year will be the first time playing in the Volvo Car Open main draw for Konta and Bellis. Garcia will compete for the sixth time in the Volvo Car Open singles field. She won the Charleston doubles title in 2016, the same year she won the doubles title in Roland Garros.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Caroline, Jo and CiCi to Charleston,” said Eleanor Adams, Volvo Car Open Tournament Manager. “We pride ourselves on supporting a wide-range of talent, and we are proud of how the 2018 field is shaping up. It features many new faces competing in our tournament, and we know our fans are going to love interacting and rooting for these ladies!”
The three newest additions to the Charleston field each found success on the court this past season.
France’s Garcia won two back-to-back singles titles in 2017 in Wuhan and Beijing, respectively, before qualifying for the WTA Finals where she reached the semifinals. On her way to the Beijing title, she defeated Simona Halep and Elina Svitolina, ranked No. 2 and No. 3 at the time. Her match against Svitolina was named the ‘Best Match of the Year’ by WTA, as Garcia completed a three-set, three-hour unseeded victory over Svitolina by saving match point. She also reached four semifinals and three quarterfinals this year, and had her first top 10 season of her career.
Konta also won two tournaments in 2017, in Sydney and Miami. Her Miami Open win solidified her first WTA Premier title, the best of her career, to date, and the biggest by any British woman in 40 years. Additionally, Konta reached the finals in Nottingham, the semifinals of Wimbledon, Eastbourne and Shenzhen and quarterfinals of Cincinnati and the Australian Open. She closed out the year with her second top 10 season.
Bellis was named the WTA Newcomer of the Year winner in October 2017, which was voted upon by international tennis media. Due to injury the American missed the beginning part of the 2017 season, however her successes this year include several tennis firsts for the teenager. She reached her first Premier-level semifinal in Stanford and her first Premier 5 quarterfinal in Dubai, where she defeated Agnieszka Radwanska for her first top 10 win. She also made the semifinals in Mallorca and the third round of the French Open. She reached a career-high ranking of No. 35 in August.
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.
2017 Volvo Car Open champion Daria Kasatkina will return to Charleston in 2018 to defend her title. The 20-year-old Russian will join U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens, two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitová and U.S. Open finalist Madison Keys in the growing player field.
Kasatkina secured her first title in 2017 in Charleston at the Volvo Car Open where she defeated Jelena Ostapenko 6-1, 6-3 in a rare all-teenage finals match.
Petra Kvitová will make her Charleston, South Carolina tennis debut at the 2018 Volvo Car Open, March 31st – April 8th on Daniel Island. The two-time Wimbledon champion returned to the WTA circuit in May 2017 after a complex hand injury following a home invasion in December 2016. Her resilience helped her capture her 20th WTA title in June of 2017 in Birmingham, just following her comeback.
“No one has shown more desire and strength to be on a tennis court than Petra Kvitová,” said Eleanor Adams, Volvo Car Open Tournament Manager. “Her comeback after a life-threatening incident eight months ago is nothing short of miraculous. It is our absolute pleasure to welcome Petra to Charleston, where our fans will have the opportunity to cheer her on for the first time!”
“I’m very thankful to be able to play in the 2018 Volvo Car Open,” said Kvitová. “I was looking forward to the tournament last year and am excited that I’ll be able to compete in front of Charleston fans for the first time this year. See you in April!”
Kvitová ended the 2016 season with titles at Wuhan and Zhuhai, as well as helping the Czech Republic to a historic fifth Fed Cup trophy in six years.
In addition to her two titles in 2016, she captured a bronze medal in the Rio Olympics, was a finalist in Luxembourg, made the semifinals in New Haven and Stuttgart and made the quarterfinals in Indian Wells and Beijing.
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 70+ of the top tennis players.
Tickets for the 2018 Volvo Car Open will go on sale on September 12th at 9am ET. Patrons have the option to 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 will provide six special ticket packages in 2018, each offering more tennis at a greater value.
The tournament will also bring back its popular Ace Club from 2017, an exciting membership program for box and ticket package holders. The Ace Club is a recognition program providing unparalleled amenities and benefits during the tournament. In addition, members have the option to receive access into the Ace Lounge, an exclusive hospitality tent 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.
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The 2017 Volvo Car Open was full of everything a tennis fanatic could dream of - exhilarating tennis - filled with upsets and breakout stars, fan-friendly activities, food trucks and lots of opportunities to interact with your favorite players. The two finalists, rising teen superstars Daria Kasatkina and Jelena Ostapenko battled in the first all-teen final since 2009 in Linz with Russian player “Dasha” finally taking the crown—her first WTA title ever.
It was a breakthrough tournament for hometown sweetheart, Shelby Rogers. Out of her four previous appearances in Daniel Island, she had only taken home one win. All that changed this year when she upset top seed Madison Keys in the second round of the tournament. Rogers made it all the way to the quarterfinals after breezing by Naomi Osaka on Thursday night and represented her city with a shirt gifted to her by doubles standout, Bethanie Mattek-Sands, which read “Ms.Rogers Neighborhood.” Though Rogers was knocked out by veteran Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, the hometown crowd got a taste of what Rogers had to offer and couldn’t help but pour out their support for the local hotshot.
For the first time in four years, 2011 Volvo Car Open champion Caroline Wozniacki is returning to Charleston for what she calls one of her favorite stops on tour. The 26-year-old Dane would like nothing more than to hoist the trophy once again.
“I am back out there and feeling competitive,” Wozniacki said in an exclusive interview. “I always want to hold the trophy in my hand… that’s always my goal. That’s why I compete.”
Petra Kvitova will make her Charleston, South Carolina tennis debut at the 2017 Volvo Car Open, April 1st – 9th on Daniel Island. Kvitova is a two-time Wimbledon champion and currently ranked World No. 11. She ended the 2016 season in impressive fashion, picking up titles at Wuhan and Zhuhai, as well as helping the Czech Republic to a historic fifth Fed Cup trophy in six years.
In addition to Kvitova, the player field forming for the 45th year of the WTA premier tournament includes:
Johanna Konta, the new World No. 10, Sloane Stephens, the 2016 Volvo Car Open Champion and Elena Vesnina, the 2016 Volvo Car Open Finalist and Olympic Gold Medalist, have all committed to play in the 2017 Volvo Car Open, April 1st – 9th on Daniel Island in Charleston, South Carolina. They join Former World No. 1’s Venus Williams and Caroline Wozniacki, World No. 8 Madison Keys and Olympic Gold Medalist Monica Puig in the player field forming for the 45th year of the WTA premier tournament.
“Our player commitments continue to grow, and we are thrilled to bring Johanna, Sloane and Elena to Charleston,” said Eleanor Adams, Tournament Manager. “The fans are in for a real treat in 2017 – another top 10 player, past champion and Gold Medalist are coming to town! Each have had impressive 2016 seasons, and will up the competition in our field next year.”
The Volvo Car Open announced today that Caroline Wozniacki has committed to play in its 2017 tournament, April 1st – 9th on Daniel Island in Charleston, South Carolina. She joins Former World No. 1 Venus Williams, World No. 7 Madison Keys and Olympic Gold Medalist Monica Puig in the player field forming for the 45th year of the WTA premier tournament.
Wozniacki will compete in Charleston for the fifth time in 2017, where she holds a 14-3 record. She was a finalist in 2009 and won the title in 2011.
Attention anyone with a closet: Those shoes you no longer want are desperately needed to fight the human tragedy of global poverty.
That’s the message being delivered by American tennis star, Sloane Stephens and the Volvo Car Open, which has launched a drive to collect 2,500 shoes to help achieve positive change, both humanitarian and economic, via Soles4Souls. Used and new shoes can be dropped off in Charleston from April 2nd – 10th at the Volvo Car Open, 161 Seven Farms Drive Charleston, SC, and at O2 Fitness Club, 910 Johnnie Dodds Blvd, Mt. Pleasant, SC, where shoe collection bins will be placed. Anyone that donates a pair of shoes at either location is eligible to receive a free pair of general admission tickets to a Sloane Stephens match.
Stephens will make an appearance at the Johnnie Dodds location of Mt. Pleasant's O2 Fitness Club to raise awareness for Soles4Soles on Sunday, April 3rd at 11am.
Stephens has partnered with the Nashville-based charity to collect new and used shoes and clothing and redistribute to people in need through direct donations and micro-enterprise partners. The Volvo Car Open has signed on as one of Stephens’ Soles4Souls tournament partners, along with the Miami Open, City Open, Western & Southern Open and the Louisville International Open.
Since its inception in 2006, Soles4Souls has distributed over 26 million pairs of shoes to the underprivileged in 127 countries, including Kenya, Thailand, Nepal, and Haiti, as well as all fifty U.S. states.
The connection between poverty and shoes is well documented. The World Bank estimates that approximately 400 million children worldwide – more than the entire U.S. population – live in pronounced poverty. Millions of these children will grow up never having had a pair of shoes, resulting in significant ramifications for their health and well being. Lacking proper footwear, countless children will not be able or permitted to attend school. And tens of millions of these poverty-stricken, barefoot boys and girls will be infected with soil-transmitted parasitic diseases like hookworm, causing lasting suffering and lifelong debilitation.
“I feel very fortunate to be working with Soles4Souls and to have the opportunity to create a positive change for those less fortunate, said Stephens. “As athletes, we receive clothing and shoes that could be donated to create opportunities for others. I am honored to be in a position to make a small difference in the lives of others and help support a powerful and sustainable way for people to lift themselves and their families out of poverty.”
“Sloane and Volvo Car Open are supporting Soles4Souls because it is the definition of a social enterprise where solid business practices are used to create positive change in people’s lives,” said Bob Moran, Volvo Car Open Tournament Director. “Sloane is a strong supporter of Soles4Souls’ anti-poverty mission, and we hope to take a big step in providing the organization with the used shoes they require to keep making a difference for people in need.”
To donate to Soles4Souls in Charleston, South Carolina, bring your shoes to:
- The Volvo Car Open, 161 Seven Farms Drive Charleston, SC 29492
- O2 Fitness, 910 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
Tickets for the 2016 Volvo Car Open are now on sale. For more information on tickets, call 800.677.2293 or visit http://www.volvocaropen.com. Patrons can purchase single session tickets, or choose from a variety of ticket and travel packages.
Soles4Souls is a not for profit global social enterprise committed to fighting poverty through the collection and distribution of shoes and clothing. The organization advances its anti-poverty mission by collecting new and used shoes and clothes from individuals, schools, faith-based institutions, civic organizations and corporate partners, then distributing those shoes and clothing both via direct donations to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Soles4Souls is committed to the highest standards of operating and governance. Visit soles4souls.org for more information.
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