NADIA PETROVA AND SABINE LISICKI ENTER FAMILY CIRCLE CUP

Former Champions Nadia Petrova and Sabine Lisicki have officially entered the Family Circle Cup.  Petrova, who received direct entry via her World No. 20 ranking, was a singles champion at this event in 2006, as well as doubles champion in 2009 and 2010.  Lisicki, who accepted a main draw wild card from the tournament, claimed the singles title in 2009 and returns with an active six-match win streak in progress.  These former champions join World No. 4 and defending champion Samantha Stosur, World No. 6 and 2007 Champion Jelena Jankovic, Maria Sharapova, Shahar Peer, Daniela Hantuchova, and Melanie Oudin in a stellar player field headed to Daniel Island.  Marking the tournament’s 39th consecutive year, the Family Circle Cup is scheduled April 2-10, 2011 at the Family Circle Tennis Center in the Best Tennis Town in America, Charleston, SC.

“I always enjoy returning to the Family Circle Cup,” said Petrova. “I really love the fans and the atmosphere, and it’s just an exciting place to play tennis.”

“I’m so excited to compete in the Family Circle Cup again,” said Lisicki.  “It was such a disappointment to miss this event last year, but I’m looking forward to picking up where I left off, and making another run at this historic title.”

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