The 20th edition of the WTA Premier event on Daniel Island in Charleston will take place between April 4-12, 2020, and the organizers have already announced the first players that will fight for the Volvo Car Open title. World no.
9 and the defending champion Madison Keys will make her eighth consecutive appearance on the Har-Tru clay courts, hoping to continue where she left this spring when she defeated Tatjana Maria, Jelena Ostapenko, Sloane Stephens, Monica Puig and Caroline Wozniacki en route to the fourth and so far the last WTA title.
Madison was the quarter-finalist in Charleston on debut in 2013 before reaching the final two years later, losing in the tight deciding set against Angelique Kerber. After two mediocre results in 2016 and 2017, Keys bounced back at the biggest women' s-only tennis tournament in North America in 2018, losing to Kiki Bertens in a thrilling semi-final before going all the way four months ago to lift the trophy, her first on the Tour since Stanford 2017.
The two-time Grand Slam champion Garbine Muguruza returns to Charleston for the first time since 2013, losing in the marathon opening-round clash to Jessica Pegula and never heading to the Volvo Open again. After three straight top-10 year-end finishes, Garbine has lost the ground in 2018 and 2019, winning only two titles after Cincinnati 2017 and hoping for better run in the closing stages of the current season and the beginning of the next one, eager to enter Charleston in the best possible shape and fight for the title.
"Winning the Volvo Car Open after coming so close in the past was the most amazing feeling," said Keys. "Charleston has always been one of my favorite tournaments and being able to win the title was such a special moment.
I'm excited to come back next year to play in front of the best fans around." "It's been a few years since I've played this tournament, and I've heard very nice things about the Volvo Car Open from other players on tour," said Muguruza. "Every tournament is special and I'm excited to play in front of a new crowd in Charleston next year."