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      Family Circle Cup announces Sloane Stephens' return

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      DANIEL ISLAND, S.C. (WCIV) -- Ranked number 16 in the world, tennis player Sloane Stephens is coming back to the Family Circle Cup this Spring.

      Stephens, 19, is the youngest player in the top 20 World Tennis Association rankings and the only teenager. She beat out Serena Williams at the 2013 Australian Open quarterfinals.

      Stephens has committed to the 2013 Family Circle Cup which is being held from March 30 to April 7 on Daniel Island.{}

      "After watching Sloane perform so well in the Australian Open, we are excited to see her game continue to mature at the Cup," said Eleanor Adams, Tournament Manager.{} "The fans love watching her play, so Charleston could be a place for her to really shine."

      The 2013 Family Circle Cup will mark Stephens' third appearance in Charleston.

      "I've put a lot of hard work in over the past year and it's starting to pay off," said Stephens. "I'm looking forward to returning to the Family Circle Cup as it's our first clay court tournament of the year. Charleston is a beautiful city with great tennis fans"

      Stephens joins Williams, Samantha Stosur, Venus Wiliams, Sara Errani and Mona Barthel in Charleston for the Family Circle Cup, which will feature three of the world's top 10 players.

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