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Charleston, S.C. — Venus Williams is returning to the Family Circle Cup near Charleston next spring.
Organizers announced the 2004 Family Circle champion’s commitment Tuesday. Williams reached the quarterfinals last year’ before falling to Samantha Stosur. The tournament was won by Williams’ sister, Serena.
Venus Williams did celebrate a title at the Family Circle Tennis Center, helping the Washington Kastles win the World Team Tennis championship here last September. Williams was named the finals MVP.
Williams said the Family Circle feels like home to her and is a tournament she looks forward to each season. Williams won her first tournament in nearly two years at Luxembourg in October.
The clay-court Family Circle Cup takes place from April 1-7.
— Associated Press