DANIEL ISLAND, S.C. (WCIV) —
Gates open Monday early morning for yet another year of women’s main tempt tennis as the Volvo Auto Open kicks off its very first year under a brand-new name.
There are numerous sizable names returning in 2016, including last year’s champ Angelique Kerber and 2014 champ Andrea Petkovic. Venus Williams is making a return as well.
Hometown hero Shelby Rogers was offered a wildcard in to the main tempt and said she’s looking forward to playing healthy. In recent years, she’s battled injuries that stopped short a run deep in to the tournament.
During Saturday afternoon’s tempt ceremony, Rogers’ name was drawn first, and supporters paired her along with Spaniard Lara Arruabarrena. The victor Will certainly face Kerber in the next round.
Rogers says she’s all set to play in front of a Residence crowd.
“Game is comparable yet the mentality – much more mature hopefully. I’ve been here, I’m used to it. various other users point out it’s also sturdy to play at home, you hope to do added well. Executing much better of not placing stress on myself. They assist me despite what, so that’s nice,” she said.
Rogers plays Monday, the fourth suit of the day on focus court.
Americans Williams, Madison Keys, and Sloane Stephens all of have actually very first round byes.
Meanwhile, there are numerous sizable names resting out for this year’s Charleston-based tournament, including American fan beloved Serena Williams and constantly expressive Jalena Jankovic, as was announced Sunday afternoon.
While Saturday and Sunday for users indicated qualifying fulfills on edge courts in the hopes of making it to the main draw, for tennis supporters it was likewise Family Weekend.
That indicated lots of attractions for the youngest tennis fans, including lessons on focus court and a opportunity to hear from Tricks and Genie Bouchard on their special shots.
Two supporters also had the opportunity to play across the net from both pros.
Chandler, a 9-year-old tennis gamer wielding a racquet virtually as sizable as she was, managed to return a Tricks serve and volley along with the third-ranked American gamer for a couple of minutes.
Hayes managed to get hold of Bouchard’s focus and a opportunity to return the Canadian star’s wicked backhand, including a slicing return down the line that surprised the two Bouchard and Keys.
Beyond focus court, there were dance and trampoline demonstrations Throughout the Weekend break along along with the tournament’s everyday serve contests, pro tips, and a jump castle.
Kids under the age of 15 are accepted free to the Volvo Auto Open.