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      Past champ, Charleston native get wild card bids to FCC 2014

      DANIEL ISLAND, S.C.{}(FCC){}- Two of the five main draw wild cards for the2014 Family Circle Cup, taking place March 29 - April 6, have been allocated.The Charleston-based tournament has extended one to its 2006 Champion, NadiaPetrova, and one to fan favorite, and local, Shelby Rogers.With this, the player field now has six returning past champions; Petrova joinsthe company of Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Sabine Lisicki, Jelena Jankovicand Samantha Stosur. Rogers brings the American player list to ten, the mostAmerican entries into the main draw since 2001, when 11 players from the U.S.played."We love giving deserving athletes an opportunity to play in the Family CircleCup's main draw," said Eleanor Adams, Family Circle Cup Tournament Manager."Nadia and Shelby both have strong ties to our tournament's history. Nadia as apast champion, and Shelby as winner of our Dunlop Junior tournament and belovedby our city."WTA veteran Petrova was among a groundbreaking clan of players who led theRussian revolution in women's tennis at the beginning of the millennium. Since2005, Petrova has collected 37 WTA titles, 13 in singles and 24 in doubles, andhas held a career high ranking of World No. 3 in both.In 2006, Petrova captured the coveted Family Circle Cup title, as the No. 2seed, defeating Patty Schnyder in the final 6-3,4-6, 6-1, culminating a 15match-winning streak. Petrova holds a 13-6 record at the tournament and isranked seventh in money leaders with $404,570 in total prize earnings.Petrova is one of 35 players in the Open Era to have achieved 500+ professionalcareer singles wins, with a W/L record of 529-295. Her 2013 singles season wasmostly marred by injury, but she recorded a successful doubles season withpartner Katarina Srebotnik, winning three WTA doubles titles (Sydney, Miami,Eastbourne) and qualifying for the WTA Championships. {}Charleston native Rogers is among a slew of young Americans vying to be part ofthe next generation of U.S. tennis superstars. She grew up on the green claycourts of the Family Circle Tennis Center, and was a member of the FamilyCircle Cup's ball crew. She began her professional tennis career in 2009, andin 2012 captured her first title on the ITF circuit and has since won fourmore.This season Rogers recorded her first Grand Slam singles match win in the firstround of Roland Garros over France's Irena Pavlovic before losing in threetight sets to World No. 20 Carla Suarez Navarro. Rogers also made a main drawappearance in the 2013 U.S. Open. Her best result of 2014 happened last week inIndian Wells, when she made a 2nd round appearance, which led to Rogers'current WTA ranking of No. 110, her highest ever.The Family Circle Cup's remaining three wild cards, including two top-20players, will be announced at a later date.

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