The last WTA event before the U.S. Open is the Connecticut Open, which takes place in New Haven, Connecticut. Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka won’t be participating, but Maria Sharapova got a wild card and she is joined in the field by defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska, Dominika Cibulkova and two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, among others. A total of 10 players in the field of 32 players have won at least one tournament already this year.
The Connecticut Open runs from Sunday, August 20, 2017 through Saturday, August 26, 2017 at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale in New Haven, CT. Live matches will be seen throughout the tournament on Tennis Channel, ESPN 2 and ESPN 3.
Top Women's Matchups for Connecticut Open
Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Kristina Mladenovic
If the seedings hold up it will be No. 1 seed Radwanska taking on No. 4 seed Mladenovic in the semifinals. It would be a matchup between two players going the wrong way. Radwanska lost in the round of 16 to Caroline Wozniacki in Canada and then was bounced in the first round by Julia Goerges in Cincinnati.
Mladenovic made the final 16 in DC but lost to Bianca Andreescu, and it has been really ugly since, as Mladenovic lost in the first round in Canada to Barbora Strycova and in the first round in Cincinnati to Daria Gavrilova. This is a big event for Mladenovic to regain her form but it should be noted that she will probably have to get past No. 5 seed Elena Vesnina in the round of 16.
This would be the first-ever meeting between the two players. Radwanska is the defending champion and I expect her to get this win.
Dominika Cibulkova vs. Petra Kvitova
The other semifinal, if the seeds hold up, would be No. 2 seed Cibulkova taking on No. 3 seed Kvitova. Neither player is in top form, as Cibulkova went out in the round of 32 in Canada and the round of 16 in Cincinnati, while Kvitova was beaten in the round of 32 in both Canada and Cincinnati.
Kvitova definitely likes this event, as she made four straight finals from 2012 through 2015 and won three times.
Kvitova is coming back from an injury last December when she was injured by a knife-wielding intruder She had tendons in her left hand repaired. She returned in the French Open and beat Julia Boserup in the first round, but lost to Bethanie Mattek-Sands in the second round. Kvitova made it all the way to the final in her next tournament in Birmingham, England.
Kvitova is looking to join Venus Williams and Caroline Wozniacki as the only four-time winners of the event. “It would mean a lot but it is a strong field,” Kvitova said to the New Haven Register. “I am here to enjoy every match that I can play, it would be nice.”
Cibulkova and Kvitova have met seven times with Kvitova winning five of the seven, although Cibulkova has won two of the last three.
Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Petra Kvitova
The matchup that fans would like to see would have two former champions meeting in the final. The two have met 11 times and it has been very competitive with Kvitova winning six times, while Radwanska has five wins. The two players last met in the semifinals of this event one year ago and it was all Radwanska, as she won in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1.
Kvitova opens up against Shuai Zhang in the first round, while Radwanska has a bye into the second round where she will face the winner of Lauren Davis and Eugenie Bouchard.
This will be the 20th anniversary of this event. Sloane Stephens received a wild card into this event, as she attempts to get back into playing shape. Eugenie Bouchard also received a wild card entry.
Radwansak defeated Elina Svitolina 6-1, 7-6 last year to win this title, while Petra Kvitova won in 2012, 2014 and in 2015.
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