#CTOpen15: A Year To Remember

The 2015 Connecticut Open presented by United Technologies was certainly one to remember. Highlighted by a world-class player field, Men’s Legends presented by PowerShares, interactive sponsor booths and delicious local fare, the 2015 edition was unlike any other in recent memory.

Sweet Repeat: Kvitova Captures Third Title in Four Years in New Haven

NEW HAVEN, CT: Agnieszka Radwanksa plays Petra Kvitova during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Thursday, August 27, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)

Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open

Petra Kvitova captured her third Connecticut Open title on Saturday afternoon, defeating fellow-Czech Lucie Safarova in the finals. See below for Petra’s Path to the Title.

Following a first-round bye, Kvitova opened play with a strong test against rising star and American Madison Keys. The young American was off to a blazing start, downing the Czech 4-6 in the first frame. However, Kvitova would regain her composure and control of match, besting the Rising Star 6-1, 6-2 in the final frames to win the match.

Kvitova’s road was not much easier in the quarterfinals, as the Czech found herself in a tense battle with Agnieszka Radwanska. Kvitova was able to keep Radwanska at bay, however, moving past the Pole 7-5, 6-4.

In a popcorn match, Kvitova faced four-time champion Caroline Wozniacki in the semifinal. The Czech outlasted the Dane is a marathon first set, winning the frame 7-5. Kvitova broke open in the second set to the tune of 6-1, advancing to her fourth Connecticut Open final in four years.

In the finale, the defending champion found herself down early, losing a tightly-contested first frame to Safarova. However, the defending champion would recover in a hurry, using a powerful service game and timely shotmaking to regain her composure. In the end, Kvitova was too much for her fellow countrywoman, capturing the last two sets by identical 6-2 margins to claim her third Connecticut Open title in four years.

Champs! Goerges, Hradecka Claim 2015 Connecticut Open Doubles Title

NEW HAVEN, CT: Chia-Jung Chuang and Chen Liang play Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Johanna Larsson in the doubles final on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Saturday, August 29, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)

Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open

Julia Goerges and Lucie Hradecka defeated Chia-Jung Chuang and Chen Liang on Saturday in the 2015 Connecticut Open doubles finals. Below, we take a look at their path to the title.

Before their three-set match on Friday afternoon, Goerges and Hradecka had breezed through the Connecticut Open field. The duo opened play with a 6-2, 7-5 triumph against Klaudia Jans-Ignacik of Poland and Raluca Olaru of Romania. The German and Czech faced a strong draw in the quarterfinals, as young Americans Alison Riske and Lauren Davis looked to score the upset. The Americans were no match for Goerges and Hradecka, however, falling in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3. In the semifinals against second-seeded duo Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears, Goerges and Hradecka found themselves in unfamiliar territory, losing their first set of the tournament. The duo would storm back in the second set to the tune of 6-3, before trouncing Kop-Jones and Spears 10-2 in the tiebreaker to book a finals berth.

In the finals, Goerges and Hradecka upended Chia-Jung Chuang and Chen Liang 6-3, 6-1 to claim their first Connecticut Open title. The duo made quick work of Chuang and Liang, who were equally impressive in their tournament run. Following a 6-3 first set, the German and Czech were dominant in the second frame, winning the set 6-1 en route to hoisting the trophy.

#CTOpen15: Men’s Legends Presented by PowerShares

The Men’s Legends presented by PowerShares produced several memorable moments and amazing tennis from four all-time greats, as John McEnroe, James Blake, Andy Roddick and Jim Courier delighted the crowd on Thursday and Friday night in New Haven.

Czech It Out: Kvitova, Safarova To Meet In Finals

NEW HAVEN, CT: Agnieszka Radwanksa plays Petra Kvitova during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Thursday, August 27, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)

Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open

Playing in the final at the Connecticut Open presented by United Technologies has become routine for Petra Kvitova, who advanced to her fourth final in four years after defeating four-time Champion Caroline Wozniacki on Friday.

Joining the two-time champion is a newcomer to the Connecticut Open finals but a veteran of WTA accolades, as French Open finalist Lucie Safarova meets Kvitova in an all-Czech final.

Petra’s Path
Following a first-round bye, Kvitova opened play with a strong test against rising star and American Madison Keys. The young American was off to a blazing start, downing the Czech 4-6 in the first frame. However, Kvitova would regain her composure and control of match, besting the Rising Star 6-1, 6-2 in the final frames to win the match.

Kvitova’s road was not much easier in the quarterfinals, as the Czech found herself in a tense battle with Agnieszka Radwanska. Kvitova was able to keep Radwanska at bay, however, moving past the Pole 7-5, 6-4.

In a popcorn match, Kvitova faced four-time champion Caroline Wozniacki in the semifinal. The Czech outlasted the Dane is a marathon first set, winning the frame 7-5. Kvitova broke open in the second set to the tune of 6-1, advancing to her fourth Connecticut Open final in four years.

Safovara’s Run
While it has been business as usual for Kvitova, Safarova advanced to the finals lovak has produced a magical run to the finals.

The No. 4 seed in the tournament, Safarova began her campaign against Russian Daria Gavrilova. The Czech took the opener rather handedly, dismissing the Russian 6-3, 6-4. Safarova’s second-round tilt was identical to the first, as the Czech defeated Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu by the same margin. However, Safarova would get a mighty test from a fellow Grand Slam finalist in the quarterfinals.

Working her way back from Achilles surgery performed earlier this year, Dominika Cibulkova gave the Czech a strong test in the quarterfinal tilt. Cibulkova bested the Czech in a first set tiebreak, 6-7(4), and looked poised for an upset. However, Safarova would recover in the second, winning 6-4 to force a third. Safarova and Cibulkova battled to a tough finish in the third, but the Czech would prevail 7-5.

In the semifinal, Safarova matched wits with Lucky Loser Lesia Tsurenko. The Czech blazed through the opening set 6-2, but Tsurenko made it a match in the second to force a tiebreak. In a back-and-forth battle, the Czech would prevail, winning the deciding set 7-6(4).

Doubles Finals Set for Saturday

NEW HAVEN, CT: Julia Goerges and Lucie Hradecka play Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Friday, August 28, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)

Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open

An exciting doubles draw at the Connecticut Open presented by United Technologies has been filled with upsets and thrilling matches. Here, we take a look at the paths of doubles teams Chia-Jung Chuang and Chen Liang, and Julia Goerges and Lucie Hradecka.

Chia-Jung Chuang and Chen Liang began their 2015 Connecticut Open campaign with an impressive 6-3, 6-2 triumph over Lara Arruabarrena and Andreja Klepac. However, the rest of their journey has been much more dramatic. The first set of their quarterfinal match against Eva Hrdinova and Nicole Melichar could not have been worse, falling 1-6 to the Czech and American. Chuang and Liang would regain their composure to win the second set 6-3 to force the tiebreak and prevail 10-6. The semifinals began similar to the quarters, find themselves in an early deficit against Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Johanna Larsson. Chuang and Liang would again show plenty of resolve, winning the second set and following tiebreak to advance.

Before their three-set match on Friday afternoon, Goerges and Hradecka had breezed through the field. The duo opened play with a 6-2, 7-5 triumph against Klaudia Jans-Ignacik of Poland and Raluca Olaru of Romania. The German and Czech faced a strong draw in the quarterfinals, as young Americans Alison Riske and Lauren Davis looked to score the upset. The Americans were no match for Goerges and Hradecka, however, falling in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3. In the semifinals against second-seeded duo Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears, Goerges and Hradecka found themselves in unfamiliar territory, losing their first set of the tournament. The duo would storm back in the second set to the tune of 6-3, before trouncing Kop-Jones and Spears 10-2 in the tiebreaker to book a finals berth.

#CTOpen15: The Power of Petra

Defending champion Petra Kvitová not only possesses one of the stronger serves in the WTA, but also one of the funnier personalities.  See a lighter side of the two-time champ in this mini-movie.

McEnroe Defeats Courier; Finals Draw Set for Saturday

NEW HAVEN, CT: John McEnroe plays Jim Courier as part of the PowerShares series on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Friday, August 28, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)

Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open

John McEnroe (USA) def. Jim Courier (USA) 6-4, 4-6, 10-8

In the nightcap, John McEnroe and Jim Courier provided plenty of fanfare in the Men’s Legends presented by PowerShares. The former World No. 1’s put on quite a show for the New Haven crowd, splitting the first two sets before a thrilling 10-8 tiebreaker. John McEnroe also helped raise funds for Yale New Haven Hospital during the match, auctioning two racquets for a total of $7,000.

Kvitova (CZE) def. Wozniacki (DEN) 7-5, 6-1

In a blockbuster match between Connecticut Open Champions, Petra Kvitova edged Caroline Wozniacki 7-5, 6-1 to advance to her fourth final in New Haven in four years. The Czech and Dane battled through a tightly-contested first set, but Kvitova was able to run away in the third. She sets up an all-Czech final with Lucie Safarova.

Safarova (CZE) def. Tsurenko (UKR) 6-2, 7-6(4)

Lucie Safarova became the first player to advance to the 2015 Connecticut Open finals, bouncing Lucky Loser Lesia Tsurenko 6-2, 7-6(4) for a berth in Saturday’s finale. Tsurenko gave a valiant effort, forcing Safarova to a tie-break in the second set, but the Czech was too much for the Ukrainian on Friday afternoon. Safarova awaits either two-time Champion Petra Kvitova or four-time winner Caroline Wozniacki in the finals.

Julia Goerges (GER)/Lucie Hradecka (CZE) def. Raquel Kops-Jones (USA)/Abigail Spears (USA) 1-6, 6-3, 10-2

Julia Goerges and Lucie Hradecka earned a spot in the doubles final on Saturday, defeating American duo Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears 1-6, 6-3, 10-2. After losing the first set 1-6, Goerges and Hradecka stormed back in the second to force a tiebreaker. The tiebreaker was all Goerges/Hradecka, bouncing the Americans 10-2 in the decider. Goerges and Hradecka awit the winner of Chi-Jung Chuang/Chen Liang and Anna-Lena Gorenefeld and Johanna Larsson.

Chia-Jung Chuang (TPE)/Chen Liang (CHN) def. Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER)/Johanna Larsson (SWE) 3-6, 6-3, 10-7

Chia-Jung Chuang and Chen Liang defeated Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Johanna Larsson 3-6, 6-3, 10-7 in a three-set thriller. Following a 3-6 first set, Chuang and Liang evened the score in the second before an epic third set, which was won 10-7 to advance to the finals.

What’s On Tap: Men’s Legends, Semifinal Action Set for Friday

NEW HAVEN, CT: Lucie Safarova plays Irina-Camelia Begu on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)

Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open

The singles and doubles draws at set, and the Connecticut Open presented by United Technologies features blockbuster matches in both draws. In addition, fans are in for a treat during the nightcap, as John McEnroe takes on Jim Courier in the Men’s Legends presented by PowerShares.

The evening features two Connecticut Open Champions, as four-time winner Caroline Wozniacki battles defending champion and two-time victor Petra Kvitova at 7 p.m. Wozniacki dominated the tournament from 2008-11, winning four consecutive titles. However, Kvitova has won two of the last three and surely will not relinquish her crown easily.

The nightcap features former World No. 1’s John McEnroe and Jim Courier in the Men’s Legends presented by PowerShares.

Lucky Loser Lesia Tsurenko begins the afternoon session at 1 p.m. against Lucie Safarova. Tsurenko, the first Lucky Loser to make the semifinals in New Haven since Sam Stosur in 2006, faces a strong test in World No. 6 Safarova, who dismissed Daria Gavrilova and Irina-Camelia Begu by identical 6-3, 6-4 counts.

Doubles action follows as Julia Goerges and Lucie Hradecka match wits with Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears followed by Chia-Jung Chuang and Cheg Liang against Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Johanna Larsson.

Semifinals Set; Kvitova, Wozniacki to Meet in Blockbuster

NEW HAVEN, CT: Lesia Tsurenko plays Karolina Pliskova on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Thursday, August 27, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)

Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open

Wozniacki (DEN) def. Garcia (FRA) 6-3, 6-0

Four-time Champion Caroline Woznicki made quick work of Caroline Garcia, bouncing the Frenchwoman 6-3, 6-0 in the first match of the evening session. The Dane sets a blockbuster clash with defending champion Petra Kvitova in the semifinals.

Kvitova (CZE) def. Radwanska (POL) 7-5, 6-4

Defending Champion Petra Kvitova defeated Agnieszka Radwanska 7-5, 6-4, advancing to the semifinals at the Connecticut Open. The Czech awaits the winner of four-time champ Caroline Wozniacki and Caroline Garcia, set to begin the evening session.

Safarova (CZE) def. Cibulkova (SVK) 6-7(4), 6-4, 7-5

Lucie Safarova bounced Dominika Cibulkova 6-7(4), 6-4, 7-5 in a three-set thriller on Stadium Court. Three-set matches are nothing new for the Slovak, who advanced to the quarterfinals via two three-set tilts. However, she could not overcome the Czech, who battled back from a one-set deficit to advance. Safarova will face lucky loser Lesia Tsurenko in the semifinals.

Tsurenko (UKR) def. Pliskova (CZE) 6-2, 6-2

Lucky Loser Lesia Tsurenko became the first semifinalist at the 2015 Connecticut Open, defeating No. 5 seed Karolina Pliskova 6-2, 6-2 in the first match of the afternoon session. Tsurenko, granted an entry into the main draw following the withdrawal of Simona Halep, has made the most of her good fortune in New Haven, bouncing Barbora Strycova in the second round before advancing past Pliskova. The Ukrainian will face either Lucie Safarova or Dominika Cibulkova in the semifinals.

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