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10 Things To Know: This Week

Get caught up on all you need to know for Charleston and Monterrey - and which former Top 10 player returns to the courts this week? You're looking at her...

Published March 30, 2014 12:15

10 Things To Know: This Week
Maria Kirilenko

Every week on wtatennis.com we'll bring you 10 of the most important things to know - who's playing, where... this week the Road To Singapore goes through Charleston and Monterrey.

Charleston and Monterrey boast some packed fields this week. Even though the back-to-back Premier Mandatory events are done, a whopping 10 Top 20 players are back again this week.

Serena Williams headlines in Charleston. Williams, fresh off conquering Miami for the seventh time, is one of seven Top 20 players at the Premier-level Family Circle Cup, along with Jelena Jankovic, Sara Errani, Sabine Lisicki, Sloane Stephens, Samantha Stosur and Eugenie Bouchard.

It's been exactly two years since Williams started really piling on the wins again. Since Charleston in 2012, so in the last two years, she has won 141 of 149 matches and 20 of 29 tournaments. Could the World No.1 be on the verge of another phenomenal 12-month stretch?

Maria Kirilenko is playing her first tournament of the year in Charleston. Kirilenko, who dipped into the Top 10 during last year's grass court season and ended up finishing the year in the Top 20 for the second straight year, has been out since the end of last season with a left knee injury. She makes her return to the courts at the Family Circle Cup on Monday, playing against Belinda Bencic.

The Charleston doubles draw is packed too. Hsieh Su-Wei and Peng Shuai, the No.1 doubles team in the world, are the No.1 seeds, with Kveta Peschke and Lucie Safarova, Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears, and Julia Goerges and Anna-Lena Groenefeld rounding out the seeds. Other notable teams include Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond and Alla Kudryavtseva and Anastasia Rodionova.

Flavia Pennetta, Ana Ivanovic and Caroline Wozniacki headline the field in Monterrey. Pennetta, who recently won the 10th and biggest WTA title of her career at Indian Wells, and Ivanovic and Wozniacki, both former World No.1s, are the Top 3 seeds at the International-level event.

Dominika Cibulkova is officially a Top 10 player. After years of hovering in the No.11 to No.20 range and a slew of Top 10 wins, the Slovak is finally a part of the elite herself after a phenomenal first three months of the season highlighted by her first Grand Slam final at the Australian Open.

WTA Trivia: Serena Williams and Martina Hingis both just won in Miami - Williams in singles, Hingis in doubles. When was the only other time they both won titles at the same WTA event? Answer below...

WTA Live All Access Hour presented by Xerox is on Monday - click here for all the details.

Go to WTA TV developed by Xerox to find out where you can watch Charleston on TV.

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* WTA Trivia answer: It was almost exactly 15 years ago at Indian Wells in 1999 - Williams beat Steffi Graf for the singles title, while Hingis captured the doubles title alongside Anna Kournikova.

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