Gracheva and 3 Americans Lead Qualifiers into Charleston Open Main Draw

Gracheva and 3 Americans Lead Qualifiers into Charleston Open Main Draw

Credit One Stadium, Credit One Charleston Open 2024 Credit One Charleston Open Day 2 at Credit One Stadium on March 31, 2024 in Charleston, South Carolina.

All 48 spots in the Credit One Charleston Open main draw have been filled.

Sunday saw fierce competition for those final six spots, with the top seed in the qualifying event, Varvara Gracheva of France, leading the half dozen qualifiers that also included Americans Claire Liu (pictured above), Sachia Vickery and Katie Volynets.

Former world No.20 Daria Saville of Australia also made her way into the draw via qualifying, as did Gabriela Lee of Romania.

MORE: Full qualifying draw | Updated singles draw

Liu had the hardest path, winning two back-to-back three-setters over Saturday and Sunday (30-31 March), including a two-hour, 42-minute minute triumph over Linda Fruhvirtova, 3-6 6-4 6-3.

Volynets also needed three sets to advance into the main draw, rallying back to beat Ann Li, 2-6 6-1 6-2.

Lucky loser McCartney Kessler, who lost to Vickery, nabbed a spot in the draw, too, after the withdrawal of Yulia Putintseva. (Anna Kalinskaya had withdrawn just prior to Saturday’s draw.)

Kessler, another American, will meet 2011 champion Caroline Wozniacki in the first round.

Astra Sharma is also into the main draw as a lucky loser after her loss to Lee.

Here are who the qualifiers (and lucky losers will face in their first-round matches):

  • [Q] Lee vs. Ashlyn Krueger (USA)
  • [LL] Kessler vs. [WC] Wozniacki (DEN) 
  • [Q] Volynets vs. Arantxa Rus (NED)
  • [Q] Vickery vs. Jaqueline Cristian (ROM)
  • [Q] Liu vs. [WC] Shelby Rogers (USA)
  • [LL] Sharma vs. Arina Rodionova (AUS)
  • [Q] Saville vs. Tamara Korpatsch (GER)
  • [Q] Gracheva vs. [WC] Clervie Ngounoue (USA)

2024 Charleston Open Claire Liu Daria Saville Gabriella Lee Katie Volynets Sachia Vickery Varvara Gracheva