Anna Kournikova, Anastasia Myskina and Elena Dementieva Enter Elite Field at 2003 Family Circle Cup

February 13, 2003 03:00 PM
Anastasia Myskina
Top Russians Anastasia Myskina and Elena Dementieva have officially entered the Family Circle Cup, joining Anna Kournikova in one of the premier events in women's professional tennis. Both Kournikova and Myskina will be making their fourth appearance at the Family Circle Cup, and Demetieva will be making her third apprearance. The tournament is scheduled for April 5th - 13st at the Family Circle Tennis Center at Daniel Island in Charleston, South Carolina.

Myskina, who rose to No. 10 in the world rankings after winning the event in Qatar last week, reached the quarterfinals of the 2003 Australian Open, falling to Kim Clijsters. A winner of three WTA Tour singles titles in her career, Myskina will attempt to better her deepest run in the Family Circle Cup, a quarterfinal loss to Jennifer Capriati in 2002.

Elena Demetieva, who will be making her third appearance at the Family Circle Cup, made tennis headlines in 2000 when she became the first Russian woman to reach the semifinals of the U.S. Open. She followed that accomplishment with a Silver Medal at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. Dementieva is currently ranked No. 18 in the world.

Elena Dementieva

"Anna has certainly played a major role in the increased popularity of women's tennis today," stated Frankie Whelan, Executive Director of the Family Circle Cup. "We are looking forward to an exciting week of tennis and with players like Serena, Jennifer, Monica and Anna how can you lose."

Her history at the Family Circle Cup has been one of record setting accomplishments. In 1999 Kournikova became one of ten players in the 30-year history of the tournament to reach the final in their tournament debut. The final match pitted her against one of her current rivals Martina Hingis. During that match, the participants set a tournament record as the youngest final where the combined age of the participants was 36 years, five months.

The tournament, owned and operated by Family Circle magazine, will be held April 5-13 at the Family Circle Tennis Center in Charleston, South Carolina.The Family Circle Cup, one of the longest running women's professional tennis events in the United States, will mark its 30th anniversary in 2003.

A variety of ticket packages are available by calling the Family Circle Cup at (800) 677.2293 or (843) 856.7900. To check out the latest news on the Family Circle Cup contact our tournament's official website at