Belinda Bencic, Amanda Anisimova join Madison Keys in Charleston


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Belinda Bencic, Amanda Anisimova join Madison Keys in Charleston

The 20th edition of the WTA Premier event on Daniel Island in Charleston will take place between April 4-12, 2020, with the organizers already announcing the first players that will fight for the Volvo Car Open title. After the defending champion Madison Keys and Garbine Muguruza, the top-10 star and one of the most promising youngsters Amanda Anisimova have joined the party as well, eyeing the prestigious title at the only Har-Tru clay event left in the calendar.

Following a couple of poor seasons due to injuries, Bencic was back on the right track in 2018 and so far in 2019, cracking the top-10 after reaching the semi-final at the US Open. The talented Swiss made a debut in Charleston at the age of 17 in 2014, passing two qualifying rounds and reaching the semi-final where she almost defeated Jana Cepelova, missing a chance to advance into the title match.

This April, Belinda lost to petra Martric in the quarters, hoping for a better run next year in her fifth Charleston campaign. An 18-year-old Amanda Anisimova has had a breakthrough run so far in 2019, winning the title in Bogota and reaching the semi-final at Roland Garros that propelled her into the top-30, as by far the youngest player in that group.

Amanda had to miss the last two months with an injury and family tragedy but she is ready to compete again in Asia, hoping for a solid end of the season and even better run in 2020, including Charleston where she made a debut this year, dropping the opening-round clash with Petra Martic.

"Our player field is shaping up for quite an exciting tournament in 2020," said Eleanor Adams, Volvo Car Open Tournament Manager. "Interestingly, Belinda and Amanda both got their start at the Volvo Car Open when they were just 17 years old.

Belinda has risen through the rankings since then and is now a top 10 player and Amanda is the young American player to watch. Our fans are in for a real treat next year."