Originally written on Tennis Panorama  |  Last updated 11/20/14

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 04: Sara Errani of Italy plays a forehand in her first round match against Roberta Vinci of Italy during day two of the Brisbane International 2010 at Queensland Tennis Centre on January 4, 2010 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)
(February 7, 2013) DANIEL ISLAND, S.C. – Sara Errani, World No. 7, and Mona Barthel, World No. 28, have committed to the 2013 Family Circle Cup, March 30th – April 7th in Charleston, SC. The two recently met last Sunday, in the Paris Open final, where Errani, and Barthel battled it out in a tight two-setter. Unseeded, 22-year-old Barthel upset top-seed, 25-year-old Errani 7-5, 7-6(4) to win the Open GDF Suez. “We are excited to announce Errani and Barhtel to the tournament line up, especially on the heels of their impressive performances in Paris,” said Eleanor Adams, Tournament Manager. “We can’t wait to see if the two face off again on our stadium court.” The 2013 Family Circle Cup will mark Barthel’s first time competing in Charleston and Errani’s second, after losing in the 2nd round of the tournament in 2008. “I look forward to returning to Charleston, and advancing further in the tournament than I did during my first visit five years ago,” said Errani. “My game has matured a lot since then and I’m happy to return to the Family Circle Cup.” A native of Italy, Errani, had her breakthrough season in 2012, where she reached the quarterfinals, in singles, and finals, in doubles, at the Australian Open. The same year, she reached the finals of the French Open, in singles, and won its doubles title. She also appeared in the singles semi-finals at the US Open before capturing its doubles win. Known as a clay court specialist, Errani has earned six WTA singles titles and 18 doubles titles. Barthel, who is fairly new to the WTA, qualified for the 2011 French Open where she won her first Grand Slam main-draw match. At 2012’s Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, she recorded her first victory against a top-10 player by defeating World No.7, Marion Bartoli. Barthel has captured two WTA singles and five ITF titles. After winning this Sunday’s Open GDF SUEZ, she reached her highest WTA ranking of 28. Errani and Barthel join Serena Williams, Samantha Stosur and Venus Williams in a world-class player field assembling in Charleston for the Family Circle Cup, now featuring three of the world’s top 10 players.
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