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By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Thursday March 27, 2024

Every year the clay season kicks off on the green clay of Charleston South Carolina, and this year the Credit One Charleston Open boasts a brilliant field – buoyed by a quartet of must-see wild cards.

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On Wednesday the tournament awarded wild cards to former World No. 1 and 2018 Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki, World No. 13 Beatriz Haddad Maia, Charleston native Shelby Rogers and 2023 Wimbledon girls singles champion Clervie Ngounoue.

The field is stacked in Charleston for the only 500 clay court event held on US Open. World No. 5 and 2023 Montreal champion Jessica Pegula is joined by World No. 6, three-time Grand Slam finalist and 2023 Charleston champion Ons Jabeur and World No. 9 and 2023 Guadalajara champion Maria Sakkari.

In addition to Wozniacki, Victoria Azarenka, Sofia Kenin and Sloane Stephens, each a former Grand Slam champion, have also entered the field. 2011 champ Wozniacki, just eight months into her comeback from maternity leave, joins Jabeur (2023), Stephens (2016), Daria Kasatkina (2017), Madison Keys (2019) and Veronika Kudermetova (2021) as one of six former Charleston champions returning to the green clay.

Danielle Collins, Leylah Fernandez, Elina Svitolina and Emma Navarro have also entered – see the full player entry list here.