By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Wednesday December 8, 2021
Former World No.1s Garbiñe Muguruza and Simona Halep have signed on to play the Credit One Charleston Open in 2022. In addition to two-time Slam champions Muguruza and Halep, Paula Badosa, Belinda Bencic, Leylah Fernandez, Madison Keys and Sloane Stephens have already entered the field.
The tournament will celebrate its 50th year in 2022, April 2 – 10, in the renovated and modernized Credit One Stadium on Daniel Island in Charleston, South Carolina.
“Garbiñe and Simona are two Grand Slam champions with accomplished careers,” said Bob Moran, Tournament Director of the Credit One Charleston Open. “Garbiñe has had an amazing year, culminating in her historic title win at the season-ending WTA Finals. Simona is a player we have been looking forward to welcoming to Charleston for years, so we are excited to have her finally joining us in 2022. It’s going to be a big year for our tournament and these two players will certainly elevate the competition.”
Get ready, Charleston – @GarbiMuguruza is returning to Daniel Island to compete in the 2022 @CreditOneBank @CharlestonOpen. 🎉 The 2-time Grand Slam winner & former World No. 1 has competed at our event 2 times before, but this will be her first as the reigning #WTAFinals champ. pic.twitter.com/i9O1EN3BRl
— Credit One Charleston Open (@CharlestonOpen) December 8, 2021
Muguruza finished the 2021 season on a high not by winning her tenth title at the WTA Finals in Guadalajara. She is currently ranked No.3.
“I can’t wait to come back to Charleston again. It’s one of the favorite stops on the tour for a reason,” said Muguruza. “I obviously feel at home on clay courts and look forward to seeing everyone at the tournament.”
Halep will play the Credit One Charleston Open for the first time in 2022. The Romanian finished within the WTA’s top 5 rankings seven years in a row, from 2014 to 2020.
“I am really looking forward to finally playing in Charleston for the first time in my career,” said Halep. “I was signed up to play in 2020 and then unfortunately the pandemic hit and I didn’t get the chance. I have heard so many great things about both the city and the tournament, so I can’t wait to get there and make my debut on the green clay.”