2011 U.S. Open champion Samantha Stosur has entered the 2012 Family Circle Cup, which will be held in Charleston March 31-April 8. Stosur, who won the tournament in 2010, is the first player to enter the 2012 event, which will mark the tournament's 40th anniversary. This will be Stosur's sixth appearance in Charleston; she and Lisa Raymond won the doubles championship in 2006.
The Australian star played in the shortest final in Charleston history in 2010. It took her only 52 minutes to defeat Vera Zvonareva 6-3, 6-0.
The Family Circle Cup is known as a tournament that launches big champions. In its 40-year history, 14 of 20 Charleston champions have won at least one major tournament.