Friday, March 31, 2023

New mom Svitolina to make comeback at Charleston Open in April

Former world quantity three Elina Svitolina will make her return to the WTA Tour following her maternity break at subsequent month’s Charleston Open in South Carolina after accepting a wild card, organisers of the claycourt match mentioned.

Ukraine’s Svitolina, who final performed a yr in the past in Miami, is about to return to motion following the delivery of her daughter Skai with husband and fellow tennis participant Gael Monfils.

The 28-year-old has additionally partnered with the match and WTA Charities to host a particular “Tennis Plays for Peace” pro-am occasion in April, benefiting war-torn Ukraine and the Elina Svitolina Basis.

“Increasing awareness and raising funds for Ukraine is very important to us as a tournament and to our players,” match director Bob Moran mentioned in a press release.

“We are passionate about working with Elina, who has a deep and personal understanding of the needs in her home country right now, to further exemplify the mission of Tennis Plays for Peace and stand united with Ukraine.”

The match hosted a pro-am in 2022 and raised $100,000 in donations for aid efforts in Ukraine.

Svitolina, who has 16 WTA titles and is a two-times Grand Slam semi-finalist, might be joined within the Charleston area by 5 former champions together with holder Belinda Bencic.

Australian Open champion Aryna Sabalenka has additionally signed as much as play.

The Charleston Open will happen from April 1-9.

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