Wimbledon redux? Champ and finalist to play in New Haven tournament

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Marion Bartoli (left) will be making her 10th appearance at the New Haven Open, while Sabine Lisicki will be playing there for the first time.

Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli and Wimbledon finalist Sabine Lisicki are among the top-ranked tennis players who will compete in this year’s New Haven Open at Yale presented by First Niagara Aug. 16–24 at the Connecticut Tennis Center.

“It’s Wimbledon in New Haven!” says Anne Worcester, director of the tournament, a World Tennis Association (WTA) event that is part of the Emirates Airline U.S. Open Series. Yale is a cornerstone sponsor of the event.

In addition to the champ and finalist, Worcester notes, “We also have 2011 Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova and English sensation Laura Robson. All told, we have 5 of the top 10 players in the world, and this year’s New Haven Open player field is one of the strongest we’ve ever had.”

Bartoli of France, ranked World No. 7, is fresh off her first career Grand Slam title at Wimbledon, where she became just the sixth player in the open era to win the title without dropping a set. This was her 47th appearance in a Grand Slam event, and her victory breaks the record for the longest wait to win a maiden major title. Bartoli will be making her 10th appearance at the New Haven Open, where she has previously reached the quarterfinals six times.

25% discount for Yale community

Yale faculty, staff, and students can enjoy an up-close view of the action at a deep discount — 25% off of all tickets for all sessions from Sunday-Saturday, Aug. 18–24 (sessions 1-12). The offer is valid online or by phone. To receive this exclusive discount online, visit the tournament’s ticket website and enter promotion code NHO13YALE, or call 855-464-8366 and reference “Yale University.”

Lisicki of Germany, ranked World No. 18, also reached this year’s Wimbledon final. She pulled off two of the biggest wins of her career during the competition, upsetting World No. 1 and defending champion Serena Williams in round 16 and World No. 4 and defending finalist Agniezka Radwanska in the semifinals. This will be her first appearance at the New Haven Open.

In addition to Bartoli, four other players in this year’s New Haven Open player field are ranked in the WTA top 10: No. 6 and 2012 French Open finalist Sara Errani, who has reached the semifinals or better in three of the last four Grand Slams; No. 8 and defending New Haven Open champion Petra Kvitova, who rolled to the 2012 title without dropping a set; No. 9 Angelique Kerber, who will be making her New Haven Open debut this year; and No. 10 and four-time champion Caroline Wozniacki, who will seek to regain her title after she was forced to retire in last year’s semifinals.

Joining the top-10 stars in this year’s field are six other top-25 players: No. 11 Roberta Vinci, who won a singles title in Katowice, Poland this year and is a part of the World No. 1 doubles team along with Errani; Carla Suarez Navarro, who has reached two WTA finals this year in Acapulco and Oeiras, Portugal; Dominika Cibulkova, who won the second singles title of her career in Carlsbad in 2012; Elena Vesnina and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who each have won two WTA titles this year; and Ekaterina Makarova, who, along with Vesnina, won the 2013 French Open doubles title
Other top-30 players represented are No. 26 Sorana Cirstea, No. 27 Laura Robson, No. 29 Lucie Safarova and No. 30 Simona Halep. Cirstea is just a few spots off her career-high ranking of No. 22, which she reached in June; Robson is the youngest player in the field at only 19 years old and is the first British woman in the top 30 since 1987; Safarova was an integral part of the Czech Fed Cup team that captured back-to-back titles in 2011 and 2012; and Halep currently sits at her career-high ranking after winning two WTA singles titles in the last month.

Rounding out the field are young rising competitors Kristina Mladenovic, who won the mixed doubles title at Wimbledon; Urszula Radwanska, younger sister to World No. 4 Agnieszka; Peng Shuai, who won the doubles title at Wimbledon; and Bojana Jovanovski and Magdalena Rybarikova.

On the same day that it announced its roster, the New Haven Open — along with First Niagara — sponsored free lessons for youths in Newtown, Connecticut. American tennis professional Melanie Oudin (shown here) and ESPN anchor Prim Siripipat taught participants in the town’s Parks & Rec Day Camp the basics of tennis and emphasized the importance of fitness in their lives.

This year, fans will be closer to the action than ever before, as the New Haven Open consolidates all seating into the Box Ring of the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale. This enhanced proximity to the players and on-court action as well as increased in-stadium entertainment is available starting at just $24. Tickets for the 2013 tournament are on sale now.

For more information on the 2013 tournament, volunteer opportunities and to secure tickets, log on to the tournament’s website www.newhavenopen.com or call the New Haven Open Box Office at 855-464-8366. Also, make sure to join the New Haven Open on Facebook & Twitter for tournament updates, contests and more.

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