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Sloane Stephens and Maria Sakkari Join Credit One Charleston Open Field for 2024

Stephens, a former champion, and Sakkari, a perennial Top-10 talent, join a field that already includes Jessica Pegula, Madison Keys and Ons Jabeur.

By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Thursday December 7, 2023

The field for next year’s Credit One Charleston Open is rounding out.

Tournament organizers added veterans 2016 champion Sloane Stephens and Maria Sakkari to a player field that already includes World No.5 Jessica Pegula, former World No.7 and 2019 Charleston champion Madison Keys and three-time Grand Slam champion and 2023 Charleston champ Ons Jabeur.

2016 #CharlestonOpen champion Sloane Stephens is set to return to the Lowcountry in 2024. 🏆 The returning fan-favorite holds 7️⃣ career WTA titles, including her maiden Grand Slam at the US Open in 2017. 👏 Stephens joins fellow #CHS champs Ons Jabeur & Madison Keys in the field.

— Credit One Charleston Open (@CharlestonOpen) December 7, 2023

The Credit One Charleston Open, the largest women’s-only professional tennis tournament in North America, will be held from March 30 – April 7, 2024.

“Charleston is absolutely one of my favorite stops on tour and I look forward to the tournament every year. The event always has amazing crowds and I can’t wait to be back again in April,” said Stephens in a statement.

“I am really looking forward to competing again in Charleston after my last time there five years ago,” said World No.9 Sakkari, who last played in Charleston in 2019. “I played well on the green clay and really enjoyed the tournament’s laid back atmosphere. I would love to lift the Charleston trophy next spring!”

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Coco Gauff’s Tops Sportico’s List of Top 20 Female Earners

The American rises to the top of the list thanks to $16 million in endorsements and another $6.7 million in prize money.

By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Thursday December 7, 2023

Coco Gauff became a US Open champion in 2023 and, according to Sportico, the 19-year-old American also out-earned all other female athletes.

The teen wunderkind topped Sportico’s list of highest-paid female athletes for the first time with an estimated annual income of $22.7 million.

There is a new tennis 👑 on top@CocoGauff is the highest-paid female athlete in the world at $22.7m- ($16m of which are endorsements.)

For two decades, the title of highest-paid female athlete has belonged to one of a trio of tennis stars in @serenawilliams,

— Sportico (@Sportico) December 6, 2023

Gauff earned $6.7 million in prize money this year, and added $16 million in endorsement earnings that comes from contracts with her apparel and racquet companies, New Balance and Head, as well as other mega deals with with the likes of Barilla pasta, Bose, UPS and Rolex.

Women’s tennis dominated the list of 20 high-powered female athletes, with nine of the 20 personalities on the list coming from the WTA Tour.

Emma Raducanu ($16.2 million), Naomi Osaka ($15 million), Aryna Sabalenka, Elena Rybakina and Jessica Pegula ranked fourth through eighth on the list, respectively.

Rounding out the list were former US Open runner-up Leylah Fernandez and Ons Jabeur.