Family Circle Cup

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Family Circle Cup
Family Circle Cup logo.jpg
Tournament information
Founded 1973
Location Charleston, South Carolina
United States
Venue Family Circle Tennis Center
Category Premier
Surface Green Clay / outdoors
Draw 56M/32Q/16D
Prize money $740,000
Website familycirclecup.com
Current champions
Women's singles Germany Andrea Petkovic
Women's doubles Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues
Kazakhstan Yaroslava Shvedova

The Family Circle Cup is a WTA Tour affiliated professional tennis tournament for women, held every year since 1973.[1] It is sponsored by Family Circle magazine. It is the oldest professional women's tournament with a $750,000 purse.[2] The tournament is currently played on the green clay courts at the Family Circle Tennis Center on Daniel Island in Charleston, South Carolina, USA.[3] From its inception in 1973 to 2000, the tournament was held at the Sea Pines Plantation on Hilton Head Island with the exception of 1975 and 1976 when it was played on Amelia Island off the coast of Florida. It moved to Charleston in 2001.

From 1990 to 2008, the Family Circle Cup was classified as a WTA Tier I event. In 2009, it was downgraded to a WTA Premier tournament. It celebrated its 40th year in 2012[4] by naming the court in honor of Billie Jean King.[5][6]

The current champion is Andrea Petkovic, who won the singles tournament in April 2014.[7]

Past finals[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Champion Runner-up Score
1973 United States Rosemary Casals United States Nancy Richey 3–6, 6–1, 7–5
1974 United States Chris Evert Australia Kerry Melville Reid 6–1, 6–3
1975 United States Chris Evert Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova 7–5, 6–4
1976 United States Chris Evert Australia Kerry Melville Reid 6–2, 6–2
1977 United States Chris Evert United States Billie Jean King 6–0, 6–1
1978 United States Chris Evert Australia Kerry Melville Reid 6–2, 6–0
1979 United States Tracy Austin Australia Kerry Melville Reid 7–6(7–3), 7–6(9–7)
1980 United States Tracy Austin Czechoslovakia Regina Maršíková 3–6, 6–1, 6–0
1981 United States Chris Evert United States Pam Shriver 6–3, 6–2
1982 United States Martina Navratilova United States Andrea Jaeger 6–4, 6–2
1983 United States Martina Navratilova United States Tracy Austin 5–7, 6–1, 6–0
1984 United States Chris Evert West Germany Claudia Kohde-Kilsch 6–2, 6–3
1985 United States Chris Evert Argentina Gabriela Sabatini 6–4, 6–0
1986 West Germany Steffi Graf United States Chris Evert 6–4, 7–5
1987 West Germany Steffi Graf Bulgaria Manuela Maleeva-Fragnière 6–2, 4–6, 6–3
↓  Tier II event  ↓
1988 United States Martina Navratilova Argentina Gabriela Sabatini 6–1, 4–6, 6–4
1989 West Germany Steffi Graf Soviet Union Natalia Zvereva 6–1, 6–1
↓  Tier I event  ↓
1990 United States Martina Navratilova United States Jennifer Capriati 6–2, 6–4
1991 Argentina Gabriela Sabatini Soviet Union Leila Meskhi 6–1, 6–1
1992 Argentina Gabriela Sabatini Spain Conchita Martínez 6–1, 6–4
1993 Germany Steffi Graf Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 7–6(10–8), 6–1
1994 Spain Conchita Martínez Belarus Natalia Zvereva 6–4, 6–0
1995 Spain Conchita Martínez Bulgaria Magdalena Maleeva 6–1, 6–1
1996 Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario Austria Barbara Paulus 6–2, 2–6, 6–2
1997 Switzerland Martina Hingis United States Monica Seles 3–6, 6–3, 7–6(7–5)
1998 South Africa Amanda Coetzer Romania Irina Spîrlea 6–3, 6–4
1999 Switzerland Martina Hingis Russia Anna Kournikova 6–4, 6–3
2000 France Mary Pierce Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 6–1, 6–0
2001 United States Jennifer Capriati Switzerland Martina Hingis 6–0, 4–6, 6–4
2002 Croatia Iva Majoli Switzerland Patty Schnyder 7–6(7–5), 6–4
2003 Belgium Justine Henin United States Serena Williams 6–3, 6–4
2004 United States Venus Williams Spain Conchita Martínez 2–6, 6–2, 6–1
2005 Belgium Justine Henin Russia Elena Dementieva 7–5, 6–4
2006 Russia Nadia Petrova Switzerland Patty Schnyder 6–3, 4–6, 6–1
2007 Serbia Jelena Janković Russia Dinara Safina 6–2, 6–2
2008 United States Serena Williams Russia Vera Zvonareva 6–4, 3–6, 6–3
↓  Premier event  ↓
2009 Germany Sabine Lisicki Denmark Caroline Wozniacki 6–2, 6–4
2010 Australia Samantha Stosur Russia Vera Zvonareva 6–0, 6–3
2011 Denmark Caroline Wozniacki Russia Elena Vesnina 6–2, 6–3
2012 United States Serena Williams Czech Republic Lucie Šafářová 6–0, 6–1
2013 United States Serena Williams Serbia Jelena Janković 3–6, 6–0, 6–2
2014 Germany Andrea Petkovic Slovakia Jana Čepelová 7–5, 6–2

Doubles[edit]

Year Champion Runner-up Score
1973 France Françoise Dürr
Netherlands Betty Stöve
United States Rosemary Casals
United States Billie Jean King
3–6, 6–4, 6–3
1974 United States Rosemary Casals
Soviet Union Olga Morozova
Australia Helen Gourlay Cawley
Australia Karen Krantzcke
6–2, 6–1
1975 Australia Evonne Goolagong Cawley
United Kingdom Virginia Wade
United States Rosemary Casals
Soviet Union Olga Morozova
4–6, 6–4, 6–2
1976 South Africa Ilana Kloss
South Africa Linky Boshoff
United States Kathy Kuykendall
United States Valerie Ziegenfuss
6–3, 6–2
1977 United States Rosemary Casals
United States Chris Evert
France Françoise Dürr
United Kingdom Virginia Wade
1–6, 6–2, 6–3
1978 United States Billie Jean King
Czechoslovakia Martina Navrátilová
United States Mona Anne Schallau-Guerrant
South Africa Greer Stevens
6–3, 7–5
1979 United States Rosemary Casals
Czechoslovakia Martina Navrátilová
France Françoise Dürr
Netherlands Betty Stöve
6–4, 7–5
1980 United States Kathy Jordan
United States Anne Smith
United States Candy Reynolds
United States Paula Smith
6–2, 6–1
1981 United States Rosemary Casals
Australia Wendy Turnbull
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec
United States Pam Shriver
7–5, 7–5
1982 United States Martina Navrátilová
United States Pam Shriver
United States JoAnne Russell
Romania Virginia Ruzici
6–1, 6–2
1983 United States Martina Navrátilová
United States Candy Reynolds
United States Andrea Jaeger
United States Paula Smith
6–2, 6–3
1984 West Germany Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
Czechoslovakia Hana Mandlíková
United Kingdom Anne Hobbs
United States Sharon Walsh
7–5, 6–2
1985 South Africa Rosalyn Fairbank
United States Pam Shriver
Soviet Union Svetlana Parkhomenko
Soviet Union Larisa Savchenko
6–4, 6–1
1986 United States Chris Evert
United States Anne White
West Germany Steffi Graf
France Catherine Tanvier
6–3, 6–3
1987 Argentina Mercedes Paz
West Germany Eva Pfaff
United States Zina Garrison
United States Lori McNeil
7–6(6), 7–5
1988 United States Lori McNeil
United States Martina Navrátilová
West Germany Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
Argentina Gabriela Sabatini
6–2, 2–6, 6–3
1989 Australia Hana Mandlíková
United States Martina Navrátilová
United States Mary Lou Daniels
United States Wendy White
6–4, 6–1
↓  Tier I event  ↓
1990 United States Martina Navrátilová
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Argentina Mercedes Paz
Soviet Union Natalia Zvereva
6–2, 6–1
1991 Germany Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
Soviet Union Natalia Zvereva
United States Mary Lou Daniels
South Africa Lise Gregory
6–4, 6–0
1992 Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Belarus Natalia Zvereva
Latvia Larisa Savchenko-Neiland
Czechoslovakia Jana Novotná
6–4, 6–2
1993 United States Gigi Fernández
Belarus Natalia Zvereva
United States Katrina Adams
Netherlands Manon Bollegraf
6–3, 6–1
1994 United States Lori McNeil
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
United States Gigi Fernández
Belarus Natalia Zvereva
6–4, 4–1, retired
1995 United States Nicole Arendt
Netherlands Manon Bollegraf
United States Gigi Fernández
Belarus Natasha Zvereva
0–6, 6–3, 6–4
1996 Czech Republic Jana Novotná
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
United States Gigi Fernández
United States Mary Joe Fernández
6–2, 6–3
1997 United States Mary Joe Fernández
Switzerland Martina Hingis
United States Lindsay Davenport
Czech Republic Jana Novotná
7–5, 4–6, 6–1
1998 Spain Conchita Martínez
Argentina Patricia Tarabini
United States Lisa Raymond
Australia Rennae Stubbs
3–6, 6–4, 6–4
1999 Czech Republic Jana Novotná
Russia Elena Likhovtseva
Austria Barbara Schett
Switzerland Patty Schnyder
6–1, 6–4
2000 Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual
Argentina Paola Suárez
Spain Conchita Martínez
Argentina Patricia Tarabini
7–5, 6–3
2001 United States Lisa Raymond
Australia Rennae Stubbs
Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual
Argentina Paola Suárez
5–7, 7–6(5), 6–3
2002 United States Lisa Raymond
Australia Rennae Stubbs
France Alexandra Fusai
Netherlands Caroline Vis
6–4, 3–6, 7–6(4)
2003 Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual
Argentina Paola Suárez
Slovakia Janette Husárová
Spain Conchita Martínez
6–0, 6–3
2004 Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual
Argentina Paola Suárez
United States Martina Navrátilová
United States Lisa Raymond
6–4, 6–1
2005 Spain Conchita Martínez
Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual
Czech Republic Iveta Benešová
Czech Republic Květa Hrdličková Peschke
6–1, 6–4
2006 United States Lisa Raymond
Australia Samantha Stosur
Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual
United States Meghann Shaughnessy
3–6, 6–1, 6–1
2007 China Yan Zi
China Zheng Jie
China Peng Shuai
China Sun Tiantian
7–5, 6–0
2008 Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik
Japan Ai Sugiyama
Romania Edina Gallovits
Belarus Olga Govortsova
6–2, 6–2
↓  Premier event  ↓
2009 United States Bethanie Mattek-Sands
Russia Nadia Petrova
Latvia Liga Dekmeijere
Switzerland Patty Schnyder
6–7(5), 6–2, [11–9]
2010 United States Liezel Huber
Russia Nadia Petrova
United States Vania King
Netherlands Michaëlla Krajicek
6–3, 6–4
2011 India Sania Mirza
Russia Elena Vesnina
United States Bethanie Mattek-Sands
United States Meghann Shaughnessy
6–4, 6–4
2012 Russia Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
Czech Republic Lucie Šafářová
Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues
Kazakhstan Yaroslava Shvedova
5–7, 6–4, [10–6]
2013 France Kristina Mladenovic
Czech Republic Lucie Šafářová
Czech Republic Andrea Hlaváčková
United States Liezel Huber
6–3, 7–6(8–6)
2014 Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues
Kazakhstan Yaroslava Shvedova
Chinese Taipei Chan Hao-ching
Chinese Taipei Chan Yung-jan
7–6(7–4), 6–2

Trivia[edit]

  • In nearly forty years of tournament play, only seven champions of the Family Circle Cup never won or have not yet won a Grand Slam singles title during their careers: Rosie Casals (1973), Amanda Coetzer (1998), Nadia Petrova (2006), Jelena Janković (2007), Sabine Lisicki (2009), Caroline Wozniacki (2011) and Anderea Petkovic (2013).[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "WTA Tournaments - Family Circle Cup". WTA. Retrieved April 8, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Agnieszka Radwanska pulls out of Family Circle Cup". Top News Today. April 2, 2012. Retrieved April 8, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Family Circle Cup (Tennis Tournament)". Daniel Island, South Carolina. Retrieved April 8, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Family Circle Cup celebrates 40th year". ABC News. Retrieved April 8, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Family Circle Cup names its stadium court after women’s pioneer Billie Jean King". Washington Post. April 7, 2012. Retrieved April 8, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Family Circle names court after King". The News Tribune. 04/07/2012. Retrieved 04/08/2012. 
  7. ^ Hartsell, Jeff (7 April 2013). "On-court tiff turning point as Serena claims 3rd Family Circle Cup". postandcourier.com (Charleston Post & Courier). Retrieved 7 April 2013. 
  8. ^ "When Freedom Rang: Natasha Zvereva and the Family Circle Cup". Tennis.com. 4/2/2012. Retrieved 04/08/2012. 

External links[edit]

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