Five Top 10 players will kick off their 2023 clay-court campaigns at the Credit One Charleston Open, the first WTA 500 event on the dirt of the season.
Main-draw action in the 56-player field begins on the green clay on Monday, April 3, with the singles and doubles finals taking place on Sunday, April 9.
World No.2 and reigning Australian Open champion Aryna Sabalenka heads the initial entry list, which also boasts No.3 Jessica Pegula, No.4 Ons Jabeur, No.8 Daria Kasatkina and No.9 Belinda Bencic.
Bencic will return to defend her Charleston title. Last year, she defeated Jabeur in three sets in the final. Kasatkina is also a former champion, capturing the trophy in 2017.
Other former Charleston champions on the entry list include Sloane Stephens (2016), Madison Keys (2019) and Veronika Kudermetova (2021).
Jelena Ostapenko, who finished as the runner-up in 2017 before winning Roland Garros later that year, is also in the field. More entrants include former World No.1 and two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka and 2021 US Open finalist Leylah Fernandez.
Two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka will be kicking off the clay-court season in Charleston this April. 🙌 This will be her first time back in the #CharlestonOpen field since 2010.🌴 Join us this April for world-class tennis in the #Lowcountry. 🎾 pic.twitter.com/Pxt1Kg5Fu6— Credit One Charleston Open (@CharlestonOpen) March 1, 2023
2023 Australian Open semifinalist Magda Linette, former Top 10 players Paula Badosa and Danielle Collins, rising Czech teen Linda Fruhvirtova and Charleston native Shelby Rogers will be in the mix this year as well.
Also among the American contingent in the entries are 22-year-old Alycia Parks, who won her first WTA singles title in Lyon earlier this year and 21-year-old Caty McNally, who reached her second WTA singles semifinal in Merida last month.