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Daria Kasatkina Wins First Title in Charleston

By DownTheTee | April 9, 2017

By Jane Voigt Daniel Island, S.C., April 9, 2017 — If you graded their match, Daria Kasatkina would get an ‘A’ and Jelena Ostapenko a ‘C.’ The young Russian immediately adjusted her thinking cap and, as a result, won her inaugural WTA career title at 19 by. She defeated Ostapenko, 6-3, 6-1. Kasatkina was humbled and…

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Teen Final Served Up in Charleston

By DownTheTee | April 8, 2017

By Jane Voigt Daniel Island, S.C., April 8, 2017 — Two teenagers will vie for the coveted Charleston title tomorrow at the Volvo Car Open, bucking a pattern of older players grabbing all the tennis gusto. The semifinals, though, couldn’t have been any different.  The first, between Daria Kasatkina and Laura Siegemund, was clay-court tennis. Longer points.…

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Volvo Car Open Relies on Partnerships for Success

By DownTheTee | April 6, 2017

By Jane Voigt Daniel Island, S.C., April 6, 2017 — Fallen seeds. Wicked thunderstorms. Winds whipping to 40 m.p.h. None of it gets Bob Moran down. The Volvo Car Open tournament director stays positive, strongly believing in the tournament’s product as it marches forward.  Moran has been on board with this women’s only tournament for 17…

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Top Three Seeds Out in Charleston

By DownTheTee | April 5, 2017

By Jane Voigt Daniel Island, S.C., April 5, 2017 — The top three seeds were ousted today at Volvo Car Open Charleston, all losing to lesser players playing the matches of their lives. Elena Vesnina (No. 4) couldn’t hold off the serving teen sensation, Fanny Stollar, going down 7-6(6), 7-6(3). The win was Stollar’s career highpoint, to date. She’s…

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Shelby Rogers … Hometown Girl, Hometown Hero

By DownTheTee | April 4, 2017

By Jane Voigt Daniel Island, S.C., April 4, 2017 — As the main draw of The Volvo Car Open got underway in earnest today, fans were relieved. The cranky storm that ripped through the area last night had passed. The sun came out. All was right with the world.  Except when hometown girl Shelby Rogers frittered away a two-break…

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Stephens Wins Charleston

By DownTheTee | April 10, 2016

Daniel Island, S.C., April 10, 2016 — Sloane Stephens has never lost a final. And in her first test at Volvo Car Open she didn’t disappoint, defeating Elena Vesnina, 7-6(4) 6-2. It was the American’s first title on clay, her third of the year, and her fourth overall.  “I’m happy to be winning tournaments,” she said. “I was…

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Lows & Highs on Semifinal Saturday at Volvo Car Open

By DownTheTee | April 9, 2016

Daniel Island, S.C., April 9, 2016 — One woman has successfully defended her title at the Volvo Car Open over the last ten years: Serena Williams. Since she’s not here, Angelique Kerber was called on to equal the feat. But she couldn’t do it.  Instead of making history Kerber retired with a viral infection in the first semifinal of the…

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Magic Rolls On For Mattek-Sands & Safarova Franchise

By DownTheTee | April 8, 2016

Daniel Island, S.C., April 8, 2016 — Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova have a groove going. Their on-court connection is so strong they’ve won two Grand Slams since teaming up at the Australian Open in 2015, which they won in their very first tournament together. They currently are ranked number one on the WTA’s Road to…

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One Former Champ Remains at Volvo Car Open

By DownTheTee | April 7, 2016

Daniel Island, April 7, 2016 — Half the seeded players at Volvo Car Open are out, which isn’t abnormal for a draw this size. But yesterday’s exodus of top seeds resembled a revolving door. Fans could do nothing but watch as their favorites departed. Madison Keys – American sweetheart, No. 8 seed, 2015 finalist.Belinda Bencic – Swiss teen…

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There’s Only One Number One

By DownTheTee | April 6, 2016

Daniel Island, April 6, 2016 — Watching these players at Volvo Car Open you’d think they all could beat the best, be number one in the world. They consistently serve at 100+ MPH. They smack deep forehands and backhands. Feather drop shots. Smash overheads that bounce over and out of the court. They time the ball within the millisecond. Run…