The 50th edition of the Charleston Open is scheduled to be held April 4-10, with qualifying matches already underway. Aryna Sabalenka leads the pack as the first seed in this tournament.
Top 10 players Paula Badosa, Karolina Pliskova and Ons Jabeur star in a rather competitive field. Veronika Kudermetova returns to defend her title, while Petra Kvitova, Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys are also in attendance.
Former Grand Slam champions Iga SwiatekSimona Halep, Garbine Muguruza and Jelena Ostapenko were also scheduled to participate, but withdrew from the tournament.
On that note, here is all the information you need to know about the Charleston Open.
What is the Charleston Open?
The Charleston Open is one of the oldest tournaments on the WTA Tour. The inaugural edition was held in 1973 and the tournament is entering its 50th edition this year. It is classified as a WTA 500 event on the Women‘s Tour and is the only tournament to be played on green clay.
From 1973 to 2000, the tournament was held in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, with the exception of the 1975 and 1976 editions, which were held in Florida. Since 2001, the tournament has been held in Charleston, South Carolina.
This year marks the beginning of a new chapter in the rich history of the tournament. With a new and renovated stadium as well as a new title sponsor, Credit One, the Charleston Open is set to raise the bar for women’s tennis.
Many top players have competed in Charleston since the tournament began. Past champions include tennis legends Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Steffi Graf and Venus and Serena Williams, among others.
Aryna Sabalenka is the number one seed following the withdrawal of new world No. 1 Iga Swiatek with an arm injury. She heads the top half of the draw, which also includes former Charleston Open champion Madison Keys, Jessica Pegula, Amanda Anisimova and Ons Jabeur.
In the bottom half of the table, former US Open finalists Leylah Fernandez and Karolina Pliskova are on a collision course to reach the quarter-finals. The Czech will first have to pass Sloane Stephens, who is also in her section of the draw.
Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, who reached the quarter-finals of the Miami Open, could face the ever-dangerous Kaia Kanepi in the second round. Defending champion Veronika Kudermetova found herself in a tough section of the draw as she would face Belinda Bencic and Paula Badosa for a place in the semi-finals.
The qualifying rounds will begin on Saturday April 2 and the main draw will start on Monday. While the night session will start at 7 p.m. throughout the week, the day session will start at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. The tournament features a 56-man draw, with the top eight seeds receiving a bye to the second round.
The quarter-finals will take place on Friday, followed by the semi-finals and the final on Saturday and Sunday respectively.
The official tournament schedule is available here.
The total price for the 2022 Charleston Open is $888,636. The winner of the women’s singles will take home a check worth $68,570 and 470 ranking points.
where to watch
UNITED STATES: Viewers in the United States can catch all the action on Tennis Channel.
UK: Fans in the UK can watch the proceedings live on Amazon Prime Video.