World no. 1 Ashleigh Barty to headline stellar Charleston field

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World no. 1 Ashleigh Barty to headline stellar Charleston field

The 20th edition of the WTA Premier event on Daniel Island in Charleston will take place between April 4-12, 2020, with organizers already gathering ten incredible players that should fight for the title from the very first round.

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 competitors, backed by a former champion and a Major winner Sloane Stephens.

The 20-year-old Sofia Kenin will compete in Charleston for the fourth time after a breakthrough season, moving closer to the top-10 and having the opportunity to play at the WTA Finals as an alternate. On Wednesday, the organizers revealed the tenth and so far the biggest name in the draw, with world no.

1 and reigning Roland Garros and WTA FInals champion Ashleigh Barty ready to compete for the Volvo Car Open title for the second time, losing in the third round in 2018. The Aussie has been the player of the season, conquering Miami, Roland Garros, Birmingham and the WTA Finals, also leading her country towards the Fed Cup final, facing France in Perth this weekend for potentialy another notable crown and the best possible ending of her career-best year.

"I am so proud of what my team and I have been able to accomplish this year, it has been an incredible season," said Barty. "I'm looking forward to continuing the momentum in 2020. I'm thrilled to add the Volvo Car Open to my tournament schedule and return to Charleston, one of my favorite places to play and visit."

"This will be an opportunity for our fans to see for themselves what an incredibly talented, tenacious and likable competitor Ash Barty is," said Tournament Manager Eleanor Adams. "It's an honor for us to welcome her back to our tournament - this time as the number one player in the world!"