Sweepstakes, cash prizes and everything you need to know

The Sunshine Double wraps up the spring hard court season and it’s time for the Hologic WTA Tour to move into the clay court season. The Credit One Charleston Open is the first WTA 500 event of the season on clay and, as always, it features a strong field that includes three great champions, the reigning Olympic champion and a host of Americans looking to get their legs. in clay.

Here’s what you need to know about the first tour event of the clay court season.

When does the tournament start?

The Credit One Charleston Open is a WTA 500 event held at Live to Play Daniel Island. Played on outdoor green clay (Har-Tru), Charleston represents the tour’s transition from the spring hard-court season to the clay-court season. It is the only Hologic WTA Tour tournament in America played on clay and has the largest field of any women-only event in North America.

The tournament features a 56-player singles draw and a 16-team doubles draw. The Dunlop Grand Prix Regular Duty ball will be used.

Qualifying begins on Saturday April 2, with the main draw competition kicking off on Monday April 4. The tournament includes day and night sessions, kicking off at 10:00 a.m. Monday through Wednesday and 11:00 a.m. until the end of the event. . Night sessions begin at 7:00 p.m.

This year, Charleston will commemorate its 50th anniversary with a brand new Credit One Stadium on Daniel Island.

When is the final?

The singles and doubles finals will be played on Sunday 10 April. The doubles final will be played at 11:00 a.m. and the singles will follow, not before 1:30 p.m.

Who are the defending champions?

Veronika Kudermetova topped the field last year to claim her first career WTA title, beating Montenegro’s Danka Kovinic 6-4, 6-2.

In doubles, Nicole Melichar and Demi Schuurs beat Czech duo Marie Bouzkova and Lucie Hradecka 6-2, 6-4.

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Who are the best seeds?

1. Iga Swiatek
2. Paula Badosa
3. Karolina Pliskova
4. Ons Jabeur
5. Danielle Collins
6. Elena Rybakina
7. Jessica Pegula
8. Leylah Fernandez

*As of Friday, April 1.

The field includes three former champions: Kudermetova, Madison Keys and Sloane Stephens. Back in Charleston this year, Spaniards Paula Badosa and Ons Jabeur. Both players enjoyed a boost on Daniel Island last year. Badosa, who will reach a career-high No. 3 on Monday, picked up his first victory against a world No. 1 last year, stunning Ash Barty in straight sets. Jabeur enjoyed the conditions as well, making the WTA 500 semi-finals and the WTA 250 event final held the following week.

Australian Open finalist Danielle Collins and Miami semi-finalist Jessica Pegula lead a strong group of Americans, including Charleston’s Shelby Rogers, Amanda Anisimova, Alison Riske, Madison Brengle, Claire Liu, Lauren Davis and Hailey Baptist.

What does the draw look like?

The main draw ceremony will take place on Saturday April 2 at 3:00 p.m. Come back for a full analysis when the draw is done.

What are the cash prizes and ranking points offered?

Charleston has a total financial commitment of $1 million.

First round: 1 point
Second round: 30 points
Round of 16: 55 points
Quarter-finals: 100 points
Semi-final: 185 points
Final: 305 points
Champion: 470 points

What other events are being played this week?

The Copa Colsanitsas presented by Zurich is an outdoor clay court WTA 250 in Bogota, Colombia. Colombian Camila Osorio is back to defend her title. Also in the draw are Brazilians Beatriz Haddad Maia, Astra Sharma, Dayana Yastremska and Harriet Dart. The main draw begins on Monday, April 4.

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