Kenin, Andreescu to be part of team event in Charleston in June

Sofia Kenin celebrates with the trophy after winning her match against Spain’s Garbine Muguruza at the Australian Open Women’s Singles Final at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, February 1, 2020. — Reuters pic
Sofia Kenin celebrates with the trophy after winning her match against Spain’s Garbine Muguruza at the Australian Open Women’s Singles Final at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, February 1, 2020. — Reuters pic

CHARLESTON, May 23 ― Sofia Kenin and Bianca Andreescu will be among 16 women's players to compete in Charleston next month in the largest event held since the season was derailed in mid-March by the Covid-19 crisis, the Tennis Channel said yesterday.

American Kenin, who won this year's Australian Open, and Canada's Andreescu, the 2019 US Open champion, will take part in the Credit One Bank Invitational, which will be aired on the Tennis Channel and begin on June 23.

It will be held without fans in an effort to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The 16 players will be divided into two teams with Americans Madison Keys and Bethanie Mattek-Sands serving as captains. The tournament will feature 16 singles matches and eight doubles contests.

“Let's Do This!!” Mattek-Sands wrote on Twitter yesterday.

Other players slated to participate include former world number one Victoria Azarenka, 2017 US Open champion Sloane Stephens and 2016 Olympic gold medallist Monica Puig.

The field will be completed by Americans Amanda Anisimova, Jennifer Brady, Danielle Collins, Emma Navarro, Alison Riske and Shelby Rogers as well as Canadians Eugenie Bouchard and Leylah Fernandez and Australia's Ajla Tomljanovic.

Charleston hosts the WTA's Volvo Car Open annually in early April, but organisers were forced to cancel this year's event due to the pandemic. ― Reuters

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