Photos: A tennis ‘Who’s Who’
Nearly half of the world's 25 top-ranked women's tennis players will compete at the 2013 New Haven Open at Yale. Here is a look at those athletes.
Sara Errani, Italy. Rank: 6 Age: 26 — Errani has seven career titles, including in Acapulco this year. This is her fifth appearance at the New Haven Open.
Petra Kvitova, Czech Republic. Rank: 8 Age: 23 — The defending NHO champion won Wimbledon in 2011. She has 10 career trophies in singles, most recently in Dubai earlier this year this year. This is her third appearance in New Haven.
Angelique Kerber, Germany. Rank: 9 Age: 25 — A left-hander, Kerber has two career titles, both coming last year in Paris and Copenhagen. Ranked No. 1 in Germany, she player a career high No. 5 worldwide in 2012.
Caroline Wozniacki, Denmark. Rank: 10 Age: 23 — The former world No. 1 and four-time NHO champion has 20 career titles. In five appearances in New Haven she has a 20-1 record, her only loss coming in last year’s semifinals when she was forced to retire with an injury.
Roberta Vinci, Italy. Rank: 11 Age: 30 — Vinci has nine career titles, including two in 2013 at Katowice and Palermo, and owns 19 career doubles titles, including the three majors she’s won with fellow New Haven Open competitor Sara Errani in the last two years.
Sabine Lisicki, Germany. Rank: 18 Age: 23
— Lisicki's first New Haven appearance arrives on the heels of her run to the Wimbledon final, where she fell to fellow 2013 NHO competitor Marion Bartoli in the championship match. She has three career titles to her name, most recently in Dallas in 2011.
Carla Suarez Navarro, Spain. Rank: 20 Age: 24
— Suarez Navarro has been a finalist five times in her career, including at Acapulco and Oeiras earlier this year. Known for her striking one-handed backhand, she is making her third appearance in New Haven.
Dominika Cibulkova, Slovakia. Rank: 21 Age: 24
— Cibulkova is fresh off her third career title, having won the Stanford final last month. She reached a career-high No. 12 in the world after reaching the semifinals of the French Open in 2009. This will be her fifth New Haven Open.
Elena Vesnina, Russia. Rank: 22 Age: 27
— Vesnia has two career titles to her name, both in 2013 at Hobart and Eastbourne. Along with fellow NHO competitor Ekaterina Makarova, she captured the BNP Paribas Open and the French Open titles this year. This is her fourth appearance in New Haven.
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Russia. Rank: 23 Age: 22 — “Pavs,” as she’s known, has five career titles, including Monterrey and Oeiras this year. She is a three-time junior Grand Slam winner. This is Pavlyuchenkova’s third New Haven Open appearance.
Ekaterina Makarova, Russia. Rank: 25 Age: 25 — Makarova has one title to her name, capturing Eastbourne in 2010, as well as five doubles titles, including the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells and her first-ever major at the French Open, both with Elena Vesnina this year.
Eleven of the world's top-25-ranked women's tennis player will compete at this year's New Haven Open at Yale (NHO) presented by First Niagara.
The field of competitors has grown both smaller and larger in recent days. Reigning Wimbledon champion and World No. 7 Marion Bartoli was previously set to play at this year’s New Haven Open, but retired from the game of tennis following her second-round loss in Cincinnati — wildcards have been awarded to five players, announced the tourament's director, Anne Worcester. A WTA event that is part of the Emirates Airline U.S. Open Series, the competition will take place Aug. 16-24 at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale on Derby Ave.
Former World No. 5 Daniela Hantuchova has been awarded a singles and a doubles wildcard into the NHO. Hantuchova, from Slovakia, owns six career WTA singles titles including winning earlier this year in Birmingham, England. In addition to competing in singles, the WTA veteran will play doubles with Martina Hingis, who was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame earlier this summer.
Sloane Stephens and Julia Goerges have also been awarded wildwards. Stephens, a 20-year-old from Florida, reached a career-high ranking of No. 15 in the world earlier this year after reaching the semifinals at the Australian Open, defeating current World No. 1 Serena Williams en route; the round of 16 at the French Open; and the quarterfinals at Wimbledon. This will be Stephens’ third straight appearance at the New Haven Open, where she reached the round of 16 last year. Goerges, a native of Germany, has two career WTA singles titles — Stuttgart (2011) and Bad Gastein (2010). A member of her country’s Olympic team in London, the 24-year-old reached a career-high ranking of World No. 15 in March of 2012 and finished the year in the WTA top 20 for the first time in her career. This will be Goerges’ second appearance at the New Haven Open, where she fell in the final round of qualifying in 2008.
In addition, wildcards into the qualifying draw were awarded to American Lena Litvak, by virtue of winning the 2013 Ocean State Open at Bryant University, and 16-year-old Katerina Stewart, who just won the 16-and-under division of the USTA National Championships this past week in San Diego.
Discount for Yale affiliates
University affiliates receive 25% off of tickets for all NHO sessions from Sunday to Saturday, Aug. 18-24. The tickets can be purchased online or by phone. To receive the exclusive discount online, visit the tournament’s ticket website and enter promotion code NHO13YALE. To purchase tickets by phone, call 855-464-8366 and reference “Yale University.”
This year, all seating will be in the box ring of the tennis center. For more information, visit the tournament’s website at newhavenopen.com.
Above is a look at the top-ranked competitors at this year's tournament.