Maria Sharapova to play in Family Circle Cup

Published Jan. 13, 2011 11:58 a.m. ET

Three-time Grand Slam Champion Maria Sharapova has committed to play in the 2011 Family Circle Cup in Charleston.

Tournament officials said Thursday that Sharapova joins Melanie Oudin (oo-DAN') and defending champion Samantha Stosur as early entries at the WTA Tour event.

Sharapova, a former world No. 1 who is currently ranked No. 16, played in Charleston in 2003 and reached the quarterfinals in 2008. An elbow injury kept the 23-year-old Russian out of the tournament a year ago.

The tournament will be held April 2-10 at the Family Circle Tennis Center on Daniel Island.


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