April 11, 2008

Serena chosen as marquee match @ Family Circle Cup 35th Anniversary Kick-Off Celebration

CHARLESTON, SC (April 10, 2008) – Serena Williams has been scheduled to compete in the feature match of the evening during the Family Circle Cup’s 35th Anniversary Kick-Off Celebration on Tuesday, April 15th. Justine Henin has been forced to withdraw from the Family Circle Cup due to a right knee inflammation. The Family Circle Cup is scheduled April 12th - 20th, 2008 at the Family Circle Tennis Center in Charleston, South Carolina.

Williams, a former World No. 1 and 8-time Grand Slam Champion who won her fifth Sony Ericsson Open title in Miami on April 5th, will be making her fifth appearance in Charleston. The Family Circle Cup, scheduled to begin later this week, continues to have a strong player field including defending champion Jelena Jankovic and Australian Open Champion Maria Sharapova contending for this historic Tier I championship.

“Coming off her recent victory in Miami, Serena will enter this year’s Cup with some great momentum and we are delighted that she will be a part of our marquee singles match during our special 35th Anniversary Kick-Off Celebration,” said Robin Reynolds, Family Circle Cup Tournament Director. “It is unfortunate that Justine will have to miss this year’s Cup, but our player field is incredibly strong with the perfect blend of seasoned veterans and up and coming stars.”

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