Former champion Sloane Stephens returns to Charleston in 2020

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Former champion Sloane Stephens returns to Charleston in 2020

The 20th edition of the WTA Premier event on Daniel Island in Charleston will take place between April 4-12, 2020, with rock-solid field that will fight for the Volvo Car Open title. The defending champion Madison Keys and Garbine Muguruza were the first confirmed competitors, followed by the top-10 star Belinda Bencic and one of the most promising youngsters Amanda Anisimova.

Doing their homework studiously, the organizers announced Wimbledon champion Simona Halep, 2018 finalists Kiki Bertens and Julia Goerges for another strong trio of players, backed by a former champion and a Major winner Sloane Stephens.

The winner of six WTA titles (the last one in Miami 2018) made a debut in Charleston in 2011 as a qualifier, competing there for six consecutive years and barely scoring a victory before 2016 when she went all the way to lift the trophy.

Skipping the Volvo Open in 2017 and 2018, Sloane returned this spring, losing to Madison Keys in the quarters after a great fight in the opening two sets. Starting the season as world no. 6, Sloane has not played on the desired level so far in 2019, with only notable results coming in Charleston, Madrid and Roland Garros.

"It's no secret I love to play in Charleston," said Stephens. "I started competing in this event at 18 years old and I still enjoy going back each year. My favorite surface is clay and it's always fun for me to play a clay event in the States.

And, the Volvo Car Open has great crowds who are so supportive of me, so that's a bonus!" "Sloane is a player our fans love to rally around and cheer on loudly," said Eleanor Adams, Volvo Car Open Tournament Manager.

"As a past champion and a talented competitor, she is an exciting addition to our growing player field!"