See photos of Andrea Petkovic and Jana Cepelova from the Family Circle Cup final.
See photos from Anabel Medina Garrigues and Yaroslava Shvedova's run to the doubles crown at the Family Circle Cup.
For the 14th year, the Family Circle Cup was held on Daniel Island in Charleston and perhaps coincidentally, the 14th seed walked away its winner, Andrea Petkovic coming through a loaded draw that was littered with upsets.
Before Andrea won the biggest title of her career, Charleston experienced a week full of action. We run down the best story lines - from Jana Cepelova’s Cinderella run to an iconic photoshoot on a harbor dock.
At the 2014 installment of the Family Circle Cup, the 14th seed walked away with the title, a dancing Andrea Petkovic winning 7-5, 6-2 over Jana Cepelova to capture the biggest title of her career.
Petkovic came through a draw that was filled with plenty of surprises and upsets, the former world No. 9 rising to the top with wins over former champion Sabine Lisicki, 2012 finalist Lucie Safarova, Australian Open semifinalist Genie Bouchard and a streaking Cepelova, who had defeated Serena Williams in the second round.
Anabel Medina Garrigues and Yaroslava Shvedova capped an impressive week of doubles Sunday with a 7-6 (4), 6-2 win over sisters Hao-Ching and Yung-Jan Chan in the Family Circle Cup final.
Medina Garrigues/Shvedova won their third title as a pair and second this year after winning in Florianopolis in February. In Charleston, the unseeded duo worked their way through the draw, winning two match tiebreaks as well as beating the No. 3 seeds Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears in the semifinals.
See images from semifinal Saturday at the Family Circle Cup, where Andrea Petkovic worked her way into the final.
Standing in the Billie Jean King Stadium Court player’s tunnel on Tuesday evening, Jana Cepelova looked every bit the role of the kid who was just a stop on a champion’s road to the final.
But that night Cepelova would beat said champion – three-time Family Circle Cup winner Serena Williams – and five days later take her own path to the final in Charleston, a monumental week for a player ranked No. 78 in the world.
(Photos: Left courtesy of University of South Carolina; right Family Circle Cup)
Andrea Petkovic has only been to Charleston twice in her career, but for a player who was born in Bosnia and who grew up in Germany, she has quite the surprising South Carolina connection: her dad played four years of tennis for the University of South Carolina Gamecocks.
Ever a hit with fans at the Family Circle Cup, the doubles draw in 2014 has not been disappointing – in fact, far from it.
Sunday two talented teams take to the Charleston final as sisters Han-Ching Chan and Yung-Jan Chan will play against Anabel Medina Garrigues and Yaroslava Shvedova.
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