Most Memorable NHO Moments: Part 3

by Nicholas McCarvel

As we continue our march down memory lane today, we look back at a big breakthrough for an American player and a streak that might not ever be beaten at the New Haven Open at Yale.

MORE: NHO Moments, Parts 1 & 2 | NHO Players to Watch

Fifth Time’s the Charm for Davenport, 2005:
No one loses in a tournament final five times – not Lindsay Davenport at least. The American star had four times been a finalist already in New Haven, losing to Venus Williams 1999, 2001 and 2002 and then in 2004, when she retired in the final against Jennifer Capriati. But Lindsay’s moment came in 2005, when the world No. 2 met No. 3-ranked Amelie Mauresmo in the final, beating the Frenchwoman in straight sets and shaking the demons that begun at the tournament the first year it came to New Haven – in 1998.

Caroline’s Sweet Four-Peat, 2008-2011:
C’mon, admit that you’ve heard “Sweet Caroline” rocking the scene after a Caroline Wozniacki win at the New Haven Open. The song played at least 18 times between 008 and 2011, when the Dane won an eye-popping four-straight titles in Connecticut. She began her run in 2008 as the world No. 22 and ended it in 2011 with the No. 1 ranking next to her name, taking out the likes of Francesca Schiavone, Elena Dementieva, Nadia Petrova and Marion Bartoli in the span of those four years, that saw her go 33-3 in sets won, including eight straight sets won in 2009 and 2011.

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