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New Kids on the Block Step Up at Volvo Car Open

By DownTheTee | April 5, 2016

Daniel Island, S.C., April 5, 2016 — Call them what you like. Newbies. Up-and-comers. The new kids on the block. But every year they gain attention on tour as they strive for the same proud results that their opponents strive for: titles. Appearing for the first time here are two of these relative unknowns: Daria Kasatkina…

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Top Eight In View at Volvo Car Open

By DownTheTee | April 4, 2016

Daniel Island, S.C., April 4, 2016 — After four decades the familiar Family Circle Cup name is gone. But not the friendly atmosphere at the all-woman tournament, which is now called the Volvo Car Open.  Comments from the top eight seeded players at today’s Media Hour verified they still love coming to Charleston, no matter the…

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Andrea Petkovic New Champion at Family Circle Cup

By DownTheTee | April 6, 2014

By Jane Voigt Daniel Island, April 6, 2014 — Andrea Petkovic drove the ball with precious and determination today, as she won her first Family Circle Cup championship. The German is the second lowest seeded player at No. 14 to win this title since her countrywoman Sabine Lisicki in 2009. This is Petkovic’s third WTA Career title.…

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Petkovic and Cepelova Through To Finals in Charleston

By DownTheTee | April 5, 2014

By Jane Voigt Daniel Island, April 5, 2014 — Andrea Petkovic cried. She was happy, though, after all her injuries, rehabs, coach changes, and today’s come-from-behind win over a tough Eugenie Bouchard in the first semifinal. “I really don’t know why I just broke down,” Petkovic said, smiling. She had defeated Bouchard, 16 63 75.…

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Camp Charleston Semifinals

By DownTheTee | April 5, 2014

By Jane Voigt Daniel Island, April 5, 2014 — None is over 30. They haven’t played each other anywhere. And one will crack the top 100 for the first time in her career, if you can even say that, because Belinda Bencic just turned 17.  Belinda Bencic, Qualifier But the mood here on Daniel Island…

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Bouchard Through To Semis at Family Circle Cup

By DownTheTee | April 4, 2014

By Jane Voigt Daniel Island, S. C., April 4, 2014 — Eugenie Bouchard is the real deal.  The 20-year-old Canadian arrived at Family Circle Cup for her inaugural tournament ranked outside the top 100, last year. She had to qualify for the main draw then ran away with matches until she faced Jelena Jankovic in…

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Competitiveness At Family Circle Cup

By DownTheTee | April 3, 2014

By Jane Voigt Daniel Island, April 3, 2014 — Jelena Jankovic acted the diva in Fila’s Diva Pink collection last night. The press dubbed her the Pink Panther. If she were a super hero, she said, her superpower would be ‘talking too much.’ Entertaining Jelena defeated Lauren Davis 60 63 with a feel-good mindset.  Venus Williams on…

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Do Girls Just Wanna Have Fun?

By DownTheTee | April 2, 2014

By Jane Voigt Daniel Island, April 2, 2014 — Enough with the April Fools that weren’t. Serena Williams lost last night at Family Circle Cup, after a year of having lost 5 matches, to a kid ranked No. 78, plus the doubles wildcard team of Jelena Jankovic and Andrea Petkovic drew the fun-crowd of the day.…

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Clay, The Gift That Keeps on Giving

By DownTheTee | April 1, 2014

By Jane Voigt Daniel Island, S.C., April 1, 2014 — It’s a touch warm at Family Circle Cup this afternoon, but nothing these women cannot handle. Yet the clay has presented some complications.  Like Jelena Jankovic said yesterday, she looks forward to ‘getting her slide on’ at the first clay-court tournament. But adjustments are necessary.…