Defending champ announces return to 2014 Family Circle Cup

DANIEL ISLAND, S.C. - 2013 Family Circle Cup{}champion and World No. 1 Serena Williams, will return to Charleston for the 42nd Family Circle Cup, March 29 - April 6, 2014, to defend her title for the second year in a row.Williams has made seven previous appearances in Charleston where she boasts a 22-4 record, and returns to the Family Circle Cup with an active fifteen-match winning streak, stemming from her 2008, 2012 and 2013 wins."With our past champion and World No. 1 returning to Charleston, our fans will experience the very best that women's tennis has to offer," said Eleanor Adams, Tournament Manager. "Serena is setting the bar high for our strong player field - no doubt she will be the one every other player and fan will be watching."The newly crowned China Open winner has had an impressive 2012 - 2013 season. {}In 2012, she won her first tournament of the year in Charleston at the Family Circle Cup, and then went on to win Madrid, Wimbledon, Stanford, the Olympics, the US Open and the WTA Championships. {}In 2013, Williams took titles in Brisbane, Miami, Charleston, Madrid, Rome, Bastad, Toronto and Beijing, as well as Grand Slam wins in Paris and New York.Arguably one of the most successful and recognizable female athletes, Williams, the 18-year tennis veteran, has impacted the sport indefinitely. With 56 WTA singles titles, 17 Grand Slam singles titles, 13 Grand Slam doubles titles and 795 total career wins, she has earned herself more prize money than any other female tennis player in history. {}"The Family Circle Cup is one of my favorite stops on the WTA Tour," said Serena Williams. "Charleston feels like home to me - the fans are so supportive, the restaurants are great and the tournament so historic. {}I'm looking forward to this spring to defend my title for the second year in a row". {}Tickets to the 2014 Family Circle Cup are on sale at or by calling the box office at (800) 677-2293. {}Patrons can purchase single session tickets, or choose from a variety of ticket packages.