Who’s Who at the NHO: Part 6

by Nicholas McCarvel

Just four days until the top women’s tennis players in the world will descend on Connecticut for the New Haven Open at Yale, their final primer for the US Open. In our final Who’s Who primer, we take a look at three members of the top 10: Sara Errani, Petra Kvitova and Marion Bartoli.

MORE: Who’s Who at the NHO: Parts 1-5

ImageSara Errani, Italy. Rank: 6 Age: 26
The Italian made a mad dash to the Australian Open quarterfinals in 2012, and hasn’t looked back since, cementing herself inside the top 10 and reaching the 2012 French Open final and the semifinals at the U.S. and French Opens in the last calendar year. Errani has seven career titles, including in Acapulco this year. In her fourth New Haven appearance a year ago, the dangerous Italian lost in the semifinals to eventual winner Petra Kvitova. Wins this year for Errani have come at the expense of Sabine Lisicki, Marion Bartoli, Ana Ivanovic and Agnieszka Radwanska.

ImagePetra Kvitova, Czech Republic. Rank: 9 Age: 23
The defending New Haven Open champion tore her way into tennis’ consciousness by stunning Maria Sharapova to win Wimbledon in 2011. Kvitova has 10 career trophies in singles, most recently in Dubai earlier this year this year. Her third appearance in New Haven comes in a season where she’s beaten Lisicki, Errani, Ivanovic, Caroline Wozniacki and Radwanska. Last year at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale saw the Czech lefty defeat three players in the Top 20 without dropping a set en route to the title.

ImageMarion Bartoli, France. Rank: 7 Age: 28
Bartoli was the shock of 2013 Wimbledon (in a tournament that was full of shocks), the veteran winning her eighth career title and first-ever major – six years after having reached the final in 2007. The Frenchwoman beat Sloane Stephens and Lisicki on her way to tennis’ most coveted crown, and also has a win over Svetlana Kuznetsova this year. Bartoli has played in New Haven eight times before, and has reached the quarterfinals six times, but with a projected seeding in the Top 2, this might be her year to break out on the courts in New Haven.

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