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4/3/2013 2:14:48 PM

Serena Williams, Women’s Tennis No. 1 ranked player, in a relaxed pose during a television interview that took place on media access day at the Family Circle Cup on April 1. 2013. photo: Hakim Abdul-Ali

By Hakim Abdul-Ali

  The game of tennis is thrilling to watch in ordinary and generic senses of the word, but when you add professionalism to it, the game takes on a whole new light. It’s simply a dazzling sporting activity to witness and marvel at.

  Such is the case at this year’s annual Family Circle Cup tennis tournament that takes place on gorgeous and exclusive Daniel Island, located in Charleston, South Carolina. This year’s events began on March 31 and will end on April 7, 2013, drawing addicted multitudes and enthusiastic tennis buffs from all over the globe to watch tennis being played at a stellar level.

  The tournament is a huge event to put together, and the Family Circle Cup staff is really “top notch” in its organizational format and overall classy presentation of such an impressive athletic event. It’s a must-see sporting happening that has the reputation of being the largest women’s only professional tournament in the world, and it gets bigger by each advancing year.

   Women’s tennis is big time business, and this year’s event is no exception to that maxim. This year’s Family Circle Cup entrants feature last year’s returning and reigning champion, Serena Williams, to the splendid fold of energetic contestants, all of whom are eager to dethrone her and take the vaunted top cash prize that goes to the victor of the tournament.

   Serena, 31, is ranked number 1 in the current Women’s Tennis Association’s (WTA) listing. This mega-superstar is the top grossing money earner ever in women’s professional tennis with over 43 million dollars to her credit.

  Ms. Williams has won all the major grand slams of her sport at least one time including following singles’ events: the Australian Open (5 times), the U. S. Open (4 times), the French Open (1 time) and the illustrious Wimbledon (5 times) titles. She also has been the winner of the Olympic gold medals in the singles and doubles (3 times) categories.

  The Family Circle Cup is loaded this year with other celebrated stars, including Serena’s older sister, Venus Williams, 32, who’s a legend in her own right, Denmark’s Caroline Wozniack and Australia’s Samantha Stosur, who are among the many hungry, ever ready and qualified contenders from all over the world seeking Serena’s present No.1 ranking.

   It’s to be noted that Venus, a superstar in her own realm, won this tournament back in 2004. She has won Wimbledon five times and is an Olympian gold medalist among her storied accomplishments in tennis. Currently she’s ranked 24th in the WTA tennis world, and she has earned a listed more than 28 million dollars in her career, making her second on the all time earnings list behind, who else, her little sister, Serena.

  Also, on the Afro-American representational front in this year’s competition, and playing in the advance or main draw singles’ bracket, is Sloane Stephens, a rising young 20-year-old dynamo from Florida, who calls both Los Angeles and Florida home. She’s ranked number 16 in the latest WTA rankings.

  Sloane has reached instant internet and social media fame by defeating Serena in a much-ballyhooed upset during the 2013 Australian Open quarterfinals. She’s a real up-and-comer on the tennis circuit. Watch out for her, because you’ll be hearing a lot more about her in the coming years. She’s that good.

  I also had the opportunity to speak with another even younger sister and future star in the making, 17 -year-old Victoria Duval, who hails from Florida and is of Haitian origin. She’s affectionately referred to as “Rookie,” by the veterans of the women’s touring circuit, as she makes her initial entre onto the professional tournament circuit hot spots.

  The Family Circle Cup tennis competition is competitively thick this year, and none of the qualifying ladies are giving an inch to Serena in their collective bids to dethrone her. There’s a lot of fierce pride involved with and in these ladies’ game, and the preparation for doing battle in this monumental showcase for world class professional tennis with each other is nothing short of on the edge of your seat stunning duels.

  It’s all going to be great tennis, and, just think, all of this is to be seen right here in the Lowcountry. Don’t miss it! It’s a one of a kind sporting extravaganza. If watching truly magnificent and brilliant professional women’s tennis is your thing, then the Family Cup Tennis Tournament is the place to be. Enjoy the beauty of women’s tennis.



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