Volvo Car Open, 2016, Inaugural Year

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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…

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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…