The week that was: 10 moments to remember at the 2022 Credit One Charleston Open

The week that was: 10 moments to remember at the 2022 Credit One Charleston Open

From Family Weekend to championship Sunday, the 2022 Credit One Charleston open was unlike any other year on Daniel Island. A new stadium to unveil, fans in the stands and a celebration of world-class women’s tennis on and off the court.

It was another memorable week of world-class women’s tennis at the Credit One Charleston Open – and for the first time with a sparkling new stadium. We highlight ten moments to remember from the week that was.

New Credit One Stadium | The renovated stadium features 11,000 seats, 16 state-of-the-art suites and a 35,000-square foot Stage House which includes a player lounge and improved amenities for fans and players alike. The Credit One Stadium paired with a new tournament sponsor at the event, newly named the Credit One Charleston Open.

Fans are BACK! | For the first time since 2019 we welcomed back fans – and did so from the very start with Family Weekend through to the finals. And you know what? It’s been great to have you back with us!

Bencic claims epic women’s final | It was a week of three-set matches with 21 total being played, so it was fitting that we had our first three-set final since 2015. That was won by Belinda Bencic, who earned her sixth career title with a 6-1 5-7 6-4 win over Ons Jabeur in two hours, 35 minutes. Bencic wins the first clay event of her career, and becomes the first Swiss champion since Martina Hingis in 1999.

Belinda Bencic (SUI) with the trophy. (Chris Smith/Charleston Tennis LLC)

Doubles: Klepac/Linette capture crown | Less than an hour before the doubles sign-in deadline, Andreja Klepac texted Magda Linette asking her to play doubles. A week later they emerged as champions. The No. 4 seeds, Klepac/Linette won both their quarter- and semifinals on Saturday, then captured the title with a 6-2 4-6 10-7 triumph over Lucie Hradecka and Sania Mirza. It’s Klepac’s 11th doubles title, and a first for Linette.

Althea Gibson Club Court rededicated | After being named for the South Carolina sporting legend in 2004, our Club Court was rededicated with a special ceremony and a State of South Carolina House Resolution.

Players, community come together for Ukraine | As part of the ‘Tennis Plays for Peace’ effort to help those impacted by the war in Ukraine, WTA Charities partnered with the tournament and local tennis enthusiasts for a special Pro Am event that featured Madison Keys, Shelby Rogers and more. The result: $100,000 raised for relief efforts!

The stars return, again | Once again some of the brightest stars on the WTA Tour returned to Daniel Island, including No. 1 seed Aryna Sabalenka, Paula Badosa, Karolina Pliskova, Ons Jabeur, Leylah Fernandez and former champions Madison Keys and Sloane Stephens.

Aryna Sabalenka and Paula Badosa (ESP) pose in front of the Riviera Theater ahead of tournament play. (Chris Smith/Charleston Tennis LLC)

Celebrating 50 years of tennis | The largest women’s-only professional tennis tournament has been in South Carolina for 50 years, and in 2022 it was better than ever. A new stadium, fans back on site, world-class play and celebrating legends. All with Charleston style and hospitality.

Plus, some of the most legendary names in women’s tennis returned to the event where they had hoisted the trophy – including the first-ever winner, Rosie Casals (1973), two-time winner Tracy Austin, Mary Pierce, Arantxa Sanchez, Jelena Jankovic, Sabine Lisicki and more. See photos of the icons re-creating their winning trophy poses here.

(L-R) Sabine Lisicki, Jelena Jankovic, Mary Pierce, Arantxa Sanchez, Tracy Austin and Rosie Casals. (Chris Smith/Charleston Tennis LLC)

Whatever the weather | Mother Nature was dueling against Father Time throughout the week, with tournament officials working around the clock to make sure courts were suitable to play on and matches could get finished in a timely fashion. In they end, they did. But not without tireless work from the on-site team and flexibility from players and fans alike.

See you in 2023! | We’re already dreaming about the 2023 Credit One Charleston Open. Save the date! April 1-9, 2023! 

Amanda Anisimova Andreja Klepac Aryna Sabalenka Belinda Bencic Charleston Coco Vandeweghe Ekaterina Alexandrova Emma Navarro Karolina Pliskova Ons Jabeur Paula Badosa Sania Mirza Sloane Stephens