Charleston’s Shelby Rogers claims COCO wild card slot

The Credit One Charleston Open, which kicked off March 30, awarded wild card slots ahead of opening day to Charleston native Shelby Rogers, former World No. 1 and 2018 Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki, World No. 13 Beatriz Haddad Maia, and 2023 Wimbledon girls singles champion Clervie Ngounoue.

“We are excited to have an impressive lineup of wild cards this year, including former World No. 1 and past champion Caroline Wozniacki, Brazil's Top 20 trailblazer Beatriz Haddad Maia, and the incredibly promising American young talent, Clervie Ngounoue,” said Bob Moran, president of Beemok Sports & Entertainment. “Caroline's return to the courts in Charleston adds a layer of anticipation and nostalgia for our fans, while Beatriz's breakthrough performances on the tour last year signal she's a significant contender. Clervie represents the bright future of tennis at just 17 years old, and we can't wait to see her compete on this grand stage. Their commitments emphasize our tournament's reputation as a platform where legends, current champions, and future stars converge, promising a week of exciting tennis action for our fans.” 

“Welcoming Shelby Rogers back to the courts at an event that holds special significance for her as a local player, means a great deal to our tournament and our fans,” said Moran. “Shelby's determination to return to the game she loves is truly inspiring. It's a moment of pride for us to see her compete in her hometown, and we look forward to supporting her throughout the tournament.”

Rogers has recently returned from an injury that has sidelined her since Wimbledon 2023. This will be 10th appearance in the Charleston main draw, where she made the quarterfinals in 2017. Rogers is a two-time Grand Slam quarterfinalist having reached the final eight at the 2020 US Open and 2016 in Roland Garros. (Read more about Rogers comeback, read the recent preview story by DI sports writer Philip Bowman online.) 
Rogers faces qualifier and fellow American Claire Liu in evening play today, April 1.

Wozniacki formally retired in January 2020 after participating in the Australian Open to start a family. In August 2023, the mother of two made a return to professional tennis in Montreal. Shortly after her comeback, she advanced to the fourth round at the US Open. She has since reached the quarterfinals at Indian Wells. She won the 2018 Australian Open and is a two-time US Open finalist. She holds 30 WTA titles, including the Charleston title in 2011. This will be her seventh time competing in the Charleston tournament, where she holds a 20-5 win/loss record. She reached the tournament’s finals in 2019 and 2009, semifinals in 2010 and quarterfinals in 2013 and 2017.

World No. 13 Haddad Maia will compete in Charleston’s main draw for the second time and first since 2018. Her 2023 season included reaching the semifinals of Roland-Garros and Abu Dhabi and quarterfinals of Adelaide, Doha, Stuttgart, Rome and San Diego. She also won her third singles title last year when she captured the WTA Elite Trophy title in Zhuhai. She reached a career high singles and doubles ranking of World No. 10 in 2023.
Seventeen-year-old Ngounoue competes in Charleston for the first time. She has won three girls’ Grand Slam titles – the 2023 Wimbledon girls’ singles champion title and the girls’ doubles title in 2023 at Roland Garros and 2022 at the Australian Open. She was the ITF’s No. 1 ranked junior in June 2023.

To round out the field, six players earned entry into the main draw via qualifying competition on March 30.

The 2024 tournament features a deep player field that includes four Grand Slam champions, six former Charleston champions, two former World No. 1’s and 10 top 20 players.

The wild cards join a field that is headlined by World No. 5 and 2023 Montreal champion Jessica Pegula, World No. 6, three-time Grand Slam finalist and 2023 Charleston champion Ons Jabeur and World No. 9 and 2023 Guadalajara champion Maria Sakkari. In addition to Wozniacki, Grand Slam champions Victoria Azarenka, Sofia Kenin and Sloane Stephens have also entered the field.

The 2011 Charleston champion Wozniacki joins Jabeur (2023), Stephens (2016), Daria Kasatkina (2017), Madison Keys (2019) and Veronika Kudermetova (2021) as one of six former Charleston champions returning in pursuit of a second title on the green clay of the Credit One Stadium in April.

Barbora Krejcikova has withdrawn from the tournament due to illness.

Read more about the upcoming events in The Daniel Island News special tennis preview section available online, along with the paper’s continued coverage in the April 4 edition.

Daily updates for the nine-day Credit One Charleston Open are available at its Fan Hub online. 

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