Serena Enters Charleston Tournament
Williams first player to enter Charleston tournament
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Serena Williams became the first player to enter the 2003 Family Circle Cup, the tournament's executive director said Tuesday.
"She made such a positive impact in our community last year and we look forward to having her back," Frankie Whelan said. "We know the fans can expect the very best from her on and off the court."
On the court, Williams lost in the quarterfinals of the 2002 Family Circle Cup, best known for a string of upsets that ended with Iva Majoli, ranked 58th at the time, defeating Patty Schnyder to become the lowest ranked player to win a top-tier tournament.
Off the court, Williams also made headlines with a $10,000 donation to the Clarendon 1 school district to buy computers for students to use for math and reading courses and preparing for the SAT.
Williams is the No.1 ranked professional tennis player in the world and has been named the International Tennis Federation's world champion for 2002.
She will end the year with three Grand Slam titles, after defeating her older sister Venus Williams in the French Open, Wimbledon and the U. S. Open.
The 2003 tournament will be held April 5 through April 13 at the Family Circle Tennis Center on Daniel Island. The Family Circle Cup, one of the longest running professional women's tennis events, marks its 30th anniversary next year.
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