Olympic Recap of New Haven Open Players

The Olympics have been inspiring this year, and we’re having a blast watching our New Haven Open stars tear up the courts! We know that you’re all top fans, but even the most dedicated can’t see every single match. We’ve done the watching for you and put together a short recap of how our NHO women are doing in London.

On Sunday Agnieszka Radwanska was upset in the first round by Julia Goerges of Germany in three sets. However she and her sister Urszula beat Dominika Cibulkova and Daniela Hantuchova (Slovakia) 6-2 6-1 in doubles. We loved seeing two of our stars face off! It’s like a preview of what’s to come in just a few short weeks.Image

Kaia Kanepi was pulled from the 2012 summer Olympics in London due to a heel injury that hasn’t recovered yet. Andrea Petkovic is also out as a result of an ankle injury that hasn’t healed. We wish them both a swift recovery and can’t wait to see them back in action in New Haven.

Our very own USA representative Varvara Lepchenko beat Veronica Cepede Royg of Paraguay, 7-5, 6-7 (6-8), 6-2. American representative Christina McHale was less fortunate when she lost her Olympic debut on Saturday to Ana Ivanovic in a 6-4,7-5 match. Still, at only 20 years old Christina is the youngest member of the U.S. Tennis Team, and to reach the Olympics at that age is a great accomplishment.

In other doubles news, NHO athlete Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina (Russia) beat Julia Goerges and Anna-Lena Gronefeld (Germany) 6-2 6-1. And Chinese Olympians Peng Shuai and Zheng Jie beat Alize Cornet and Kristina Mladenovic of France 6-1 6-7(3) 6-3.

More New Haven Open stars faced off as Sara Errani and her partner beat Czechs Petra Cetkovska and Lucie Safarova 6-2 6-3. Errani didn’t fair as well against previous NHO player Venus Williams with a 6-3,6-1 loss.

Two of our Russian players Maria Kirilenko and Nadia Petrova beat their Polish opponents in doubles. They both also won in singles as Kirilenko dismissed Brit Heather Watson 6-3,6-2 and Petrova snuck past Georgian Anna Tatishvili in a 6-3,6-7 (5-7), 6-2 match.

Vera Zvonareva easily dispatched Italian NHO competitor Francesca Schiavone, in what was supposed to be one of the day’s closest matches. Schiavone has a lot of big-match experience, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Russian’s powerful backhand. We were proud to see one of our New Haven Open Slovakians Daniela Hantuchova defeat 11th-ranked Li Na—6-2, 3-6, 6-3.

The women of the New Haven Open at Yale have been putting on quite a performance at the London Olympic Games, and we can’t wait to see who brings home the gold. Keep checking in with NHO here on our blog and on Facebook for recaps of whats going on in the tennis world and share your thoughts!

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