Who’s Who at the NHO: Part 5

Are you counting the days? Less than 10 of them before the New Haven Open begins in earnest at the Yale Tennis Center, with some of the best tennis players in the world honing their games prior to the US Open. Here, we check in on four-time champion Caroline Wozniacki, German Angelique Kerber and veteran Roberta Vinci.

MORE: Who’s Who Parts 1-4

Vinci, RobertaRoberta Vinci, Italy. Rank: 12 Age: 30
The veteran Italian has nine career titles, including two in 2013 at Katowice and Palermo. Vinci owns a whopping 19 career doubles titles, highlighted by the three majors she’s won with compatriot and fellow New Haven Open competitor Sara Errani in the last two years. In singles, the 30-year-old has been to the second week of four out of the last five majors, including the quarterfinals of last year’s US Open. Vinci has played in the main draw here just twice, most recently in 2011. This year alone, she’s registered wins over Errani, defending New Haven champion Petra Kvitova (twice), Svetlana Kuznetsova, Angelique Kerber and Sam Stosur.

Fashion's Night Out: The Show - ArrivalsCaroline Wozniacki, Denmark. Rank: 10 Age: 23
The former world No. 1 and four-time New Haven Open champion has 20 career titles, most recently in Seoul and Moscow last fall. In five appearances in Connecticut she has a stellar 20-1 record, her only loss coming in last year’s semifinals when she was forced to retire with an injury. The Dane was a finalist at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, beating Nadia Petrova and Kerber before falling to Maria Sharapova in the final. The 2009 US Open finalist has also notched wins over Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli and finalist Sabine Lisicki this year.

Kerber, AngeliqueAngelique Kerber, Germany. Rank: 9 Age: 25
The German left-hander has two career titles, both coming last year in Paris and Copenhagen. Kerber had a breakout performance at the US Open in 2011, making the semifinals. Last year, she advanced to the quarterfinals at the French Open and semifinals at Wimbledon. The No. 1 German reached a career high No. 5 in 2012, while racking up wins over Wozniacki, Venus Williams [twice], Serena Williams, Kvitova [twice], Kim Clijsters, Lisicki and Sharapova.

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