Miami Open champion Sloane Stephens, Indian Wells champion Naomi Osaka, and defending champion Daria Kasatkina make next week’s Volvo Car Open in Charleston another palette for emerging stars to produce another masterpiece as the WTA tour officially moves into the claycourt season.
Top seed Caroline Garcia of France and multi-Slam champion Petra Kvitova headline the favorites on the green clay.
VOLVO CAR OPEN
CHARLESTON, S.C., USA; Surface: green clay
Seeds: Caroline Garcia, Petra Kvitova, Daria Kasatkina, Sloane Stephens, Julia Goerges, Johanna Konta, Madison Keys, Anastasija Sevastova, Ashleigh Barty, Naomi Osaka, Daria Gavrilova, Kiki Bertens, Irina-Camelia Begu, Alize Cornet, Mihaela Buzarnescu, Elena Vesnina
Floaters: Genie Bouchard, (WC) Sara Errani, Sam Stosur, Sofia Kenin
Two Top 10ers in the field in Garcia and Kvitova as of Sunday (Stephens will join the Top 10 on Monday), and 9 of the Top 20…
Bouchard and the former French Open finalist Errani meet first round, winner to face (15) Buzarnescu; (5) Goerges likely to open against Stosur; and the Aussie (9) Barty, not on her favorite surface, against the Florida clay-raised Kenin…
Wildcards were awarded to Errani and American Bethanie Mattek-Sands…
Withdrawing from the field were Catherine Bellis, Kaia Kanepi, Ana Konjuh, Petra Martic, Shelby Rogers, Lucie Safarova, Maria Sakkari and Barbora Strycova…
Kasatkina is the defending champion, beating the absent Jelena Ostapenko in last year’s final…
Chris Evert won the tournament five consecutive times from 1974-78, and eight times overall…
Former champions in the field are Kasatkina (2017), Stephens (2016), Andrea Petkovic (2014), and Stosur (2010).
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