Volvo Car Open – 2018, Live,streaming

Sloane Stephens, Naomi Osaka, Caroline Garcia, Daria Kasatkina and Petra Kvitova lead another star-studded field at the Volvo Car Open 2018, the WTA’s unique Premier green-clay event, live from Charleston from 2-8 April 2018.

Volvo Car Open 2018 schedule

Date – Time Event Name Location
06 Apr 2018 15:45 QFs Volvo Car Stadium
07 Apr 2018 15:45 SFs Volvo Car Stadium
08 Apr 2018 15:45 Final Volvo Car Stadium

Who is playing WTA Charleston in 2018?

The WTA Tour’s unique green-clay Premier event in Charleston, South Carolina always attracts the leading players in women’s tennis, and the field at the 2018 Volvo Car Open is no exception, with multiple former champions and recent WTA Premier Mandatory champions headlining the tournament.
Sloane Stephens, the 2016 Charleston champion and recent Miami Open winner, will be looking to continue her sensational form and transition to clay with some more victories, as will defending Charleston champion Daria Kasatkina, who is confident after already reaching big finals in Dubai and Indian Wells this season.
The player that beat Kasatkina in the Indian Wells final – Japanese powerhouse Naomi Osaka – also joins the field as she aims for a winning start to the clay season.
Another player who has dominated the WTA Tour at some stage in 2018 is also in the draw, with St. Petersburg and Doha champion Petra Kvitova one of three top 10 players in the field, also including Caroline Garcia and Stephens, who rose to No. 9 after winning Miami.
We also can’t forget about 2015 Charleston runner-up Madison Keys and former top 10 star Johanna Konta, both of whom are trying to find their best tennis after tough starts to 2018.

 

WTA Charleston Seeds

Seed Player Ranking Country
1 Caroline Garcia France 7
2 Petra Kvitova Czech Republic 9
3 Daria Kasatkina Russia 11
4 Sloane Stephens USA 12
5 Julia Goerges Germany 13
6 Johanna Konta Great Britain 14
7 Madison Keys USA 15
8 Anastasija Sevastova Latvia 17
9 Ash Barty Australia 20
10 Naomi Osaka Japan 22
11 Daria Gavrilova Australia 26
12 Kiki Bertens Netherlands 29
13 Irina-Camelia Begu Romania 37
14 Alize Cornet France 38
15 Mihaela Buzarnescu Romania 39
15 Elena Vesnina Russia 43

About the Volvo Car Open

After the first quarter of the season played mainly on outdoor hard courts, culminating in the major events of Indian Wells and Miami, the tennis world’s eyes turn towards clay and many of the WTA Tour’s strongest players will opt to begin their warm-up for the French Open at the Volvo Car Open, the only women’s clay-court tennis event held on US soil.
Formerly known as the Family Circle Cup, the Volvo Car Open has another claim to uniqueness – it’s the only professional event on the ATP World or WTA Tours held on green clay.
First played in 1973, the year that the WTA Tour was formed in a landmark development for women’s sport and permanently changing the face of tennis, the history of the Volvo Car Open is intimately intertwined with the evolution of the WTA Tour itself. Rosie Casals, the first winner of the event when it was held in Hilton Head, was one of the ‘Original 9’ – the women, led by Billie Jean King, who signed $1 agreements with World Tennis publications publisher Gladys Heldman in 1970 to compete in what would become the Virginia Slims Series – and the Volvo Car Open’s stadium court is named after King herself. The Original 9 were reunited in April 2012 at the tournament’s 40-year anniversary.
The Volvo Car Open was the first women’s tournament to offer $100,000 in prize money and the first to be broadcast on network TV. Appropriately for an event which has played such a formative role in the evolution of the WTA Tour, its champions’ roll reads like a list of many of the all-time greats of women’s tennis. Chris Evert reigns supreme with an amazing eight titles between 1974 and 1985, one of just four women in the Open Era to win the same event seven or more times, with four-time champions Martina Navratilova (1982-3, 1988, 1990) and Steffi Graf (1986-7, 1989, 1993) also occupying prominent places on the roll of honour.
Gabriela Sabatini, Conchita Martinez, Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, Martina Hingis, Jennifer Capriati, Mary Pierce and Venus Williams are also on the list of Volvo Car Open winners, while over the past decade Serena Williams has been the most dominant player, winning in Charleston in 2008 (d. Vera Zvonareva), 2012 (d. Lucie Safarova) and 2013 (d. Jelena Jankovic).
Williams has been joined in the Charleston winners’ circle by Sabine Lisicki (2009), Samantha Stosur (2010) and Caroline Wozniacki (2011), of whom Stosur went on to become a US Open champion while Lisicki and Wozniacki both reached Grand Slam finals and the Dane would become world no. 1. Andrea Petkovic defeated Jana Cepelova in the 2014 final to announce her return to the top echelons of women’s tennis after a painful series of injuries; she would go on to reach the semifinals of the French Open, and win titles in Bad Gastein and Sofia, cracking the top 10 for the second time at the beginning of 2015.
Angelique Kerber came into WTA Charleston Open in 2015 in dire need of form after a poor start to the season, but things ‘clicked’ for the left-handed, athletic German as she stormed through the draw before defeating big-serving American Madison Keys in the final. It was the first of four Premier-level WTA Tour titles Kerber would win in 2015 before going on to win her maiden Grand Slam title at the Australian Open. Kerber returned to defend her title in 2016 but it was young American Sloane Stephens who claimed her third and biggest title of the season so far, defeating Elena Vesnina in the final. Daria Kasatkina then broke through for the first title of her young career in 2017, overcoming fellow young gun and French Open champion in-waiting Jelena Ostapenko for the loss of just four games, 6-3 6-1.

 

WTA Charleston 2018 tournament information

Volvo Car Open WTA Charleston
Dates 2-8 April 2018
Location Charleston, South Carolina, USA
Venue Volvo Car Stadium
First played 1973
Category Premier
Surface Green clay (outdoors)
Entrants 56 singles/16 doubles
No. of seeds 16
Reigning singles champion Daria Kasatkina
Reigning doubles champions Bethanie Mattek-Sands/Lucie Safarova
Prize money $800,000

Previous Volvo Car Open champions

Year Champion Runner-up
1973 Rosie Casals Nancy Richey
1974 Chris Evert Kerry Melville-Reid
1975 Chris Evert (2) Martina Navratilova
1976 Chris Evert (3) Kerry Melville-Reid
1977 Chris Evert (4) Billie Jean King
1978 Chris Evert (5) Kerry Melville-Reid
1979 Tracy Austin Kerry Melville-Reid
1980 Tracy Austin Regina Marsikova
1981 Chris Evert (6) Pam Shriver
1982 Martina Navratilova Andrea Jaeger
1983 Martina Navratilova (2) Tracy Austin
1984 Chris Evert (7) Claudia Koehle-Kilsch
1985 Chris Evert (8) Gabriela Sabatini
1986 Steffi Graf Chris Evert
1987 Steffi Graf (2)  Manuela Maleeva
1988 Martina Navratilova (3) Gabriela Sabatini
1989 Steffi Graf (3) Natasha Zvereva
1990 Martina Navratilova (4) Jennifer Capriati
1991 Gabriela Sabatini Leila Meskhi
1992 Gabriela Sabatini (2) Conchita Martinez
1993 Steffi Graf (4) Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario
1994 Conchita Martinez Natasha Zvereva
1995 Conchita Martinez (2) Magdalena Maleeva
1996 Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario Barbara Paulus
1997 Martina Hingis Monica Seles
1998 Amanda Coetzer Irina Spirlea
1999 Martina Hingis (2) Anna Kournikova
2000 Mary Pierce Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario
2001 Jennifer Capriati Monica Hingis
2002 Iva Majoli Patty Schnyder
2003 Justine Henin Serena Williams
2004 Venus Williams Conchita Martinez
2005 Justine Henin (2) Elena Dementieva
2006 Nadia Petrova Patty Schnyder
2007 Jelena Jankovic Dinara Safina
2008 Serena Williams Vera Zvonareva
2009 Sabine Lisicki Caroline Wozniacki
2010 Samantha Stosur Vera Zvonareva
2011 Caroline Wozniacki Elena Vesnina
2012 Serena Williams (2) Lucie Safarova
2013 Serena Williams (3) Jelena Jankovic
2014 Andrea Petkovic Jana Cepelova
2015 Angelique Kerber Madison Keys
2016 Sloane Stephens Elena Vesnina
2017 Daria Kasatkina Jelena Ostapenko