Who’s Who at the NHO: Part One

By Nicholas McCarvel

As the 2013 New Haven Open at Yale inches closer and closer, we’re taking a look at the WTA stars that will be descending upon the hard courts in Connecticut for the final tune-up before the US Open. Here, we look at three players on the fringe of a breakthrough: Magdalena Rybarikova, Kristina Mladenovic and Urszula Radwanska.

Rybarikova, MagdalenaMagdalena Rybarikova, Slovakia. Rank: 43 Age: 24
The Slovakian righty has three WTA career titles to her credit, including Washington DC last year. Currently ranked at World No. 43, Rybarikova is making just her second appearance in the New Haven main draw. In 2009 as a qualifier, she made an inspiring run to the quarterfinals, beating Francesca Schiavone and Marion Bartoli before falling to Flavia Pennetta.

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Urszula Radwanska, Poland. Rank: 39 Age: 22BNP Paribas Open - Day 1
The younger sister of World No. 4 Agnieszka is a junior Grand Slam champ, winning Wimbledon in 2009. The 22-year-old has quality wins over Venus WilliamsAna Ivanovic and Dominika Cibulkova this year following her climb to a career-high No. 29 in the world last fall. Radwanska is making her first appearance in New Haven having lost in her last two tries to qualify for the main draw, in 2009 and 2011.

Kristina Mladenovic, France. Rank: 38 Age: 20Mladenovic, Kristin
The 2009 French Open junior champion has steadily risen up the rankings, and earlier this summer captured her first major as a pro, winning the mixed doubles crown at Wimbledon alongside veteran Daniel Nestor. “Kiki,” as she’s known, is six feet tall and hits hard off the ground, registering wins over Julia Goerges and former Wimbledon and New Haven Open champ Petra Kvitova this year. She owns one career title: winning the inaugural Taipei WTA $125K stop last year.

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