Former world No. 3 Sloane Stephens and former world No. 7 Madison Keys have both signed up to play Charleston, per Michal Samulski. Stephens, 28, is set to make her ninth appearance in Charleston. Stephens has been a regular Charleston participant since the beginning of her career and she made it all the way at the event in 2016 after beating Elena Vesnina in the final.
Stephens made the Charleston quarterfinal this year, before losing to Veronika Kudermetova. On the other side, Keys is also set to make her ninth Charleston appearance. Keys ended runner-up in Charleston in 2015 but won it all at the tournament in 2019.
Stephens, Keys join Paula Badosa
Earlier this month, Badosa was confirmed for Charleston. After losing in the WTA Finals semifinal, Badosa said she’s aiming to do big things in 2022. “It was very new for me, all these situations, being in these rounds, playing in front of a lot of people.
Everything was really big at the beginning of the season, having these results. I think now I quite feel it’s more normal and I’m getting used to it. I think that will help me for next year as well if I want to do big things,” Badosa said.
Badosa captured her maiden Masters title this year, debuted at the WTA Finals and broke into the top-10 for the first time in her career. “Goodbye to 2021… What a season, I had always dreamed about this moment of being among the best in the world.
After a lot of hard work, I have achieved it and I’m very proud to have reached this point. I have lived many emotions this year and many new experiences. Every day I’m learning and trying to improve to be 1 percent better as a person and athletes.
Thanks to all the fans who follow me and support me unconditionally, I try to read all of you always,” Badosa said in a note posted on her Twitter account.