Qualifying Day 2: Pennetta, Riske Keep Eyes on Main Draw

by Nicholas McCarvel

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Pennetta rolled on Friday. Photo by Billie Weiss, New Haven Open

DAY 2 OF QUALIFYING is highlighted by a host of young names making a move to qualify for the New Haven Open at Yale, where the lowest-ranked player in the draw is 44th-ranked Su-Wei Hsieh, the Wimbledon champion in doubles.

MORE: Day 1 Wrap | Qualifying Draw, Order of Play | Main Draw Preview

Monica Puig, the world No. 53 opens the day on Grandstand vs. steady Swede Sofia Arvidsson. Puig, just 19, has made runs to the third and fourth rounds of the French Open and Wimbledon, respectively, this year. Her first two majors ever.

Flavia Pennetta, the veteran Italian, looks to continue her comeback on the tour from injury in her match against Annika Beck. Pennetta, ranked as high as No. 10 in her career, has been to three U.S. Open quarterfinals and a New Haven Open semifinal in 2009, where she lost to eventual champion Caroline Wozniacki.

Other matches to watch on Saturday: American Alison Riske takes on Irina-Camelia Begu in the last match of the day on Grandstand; tough Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia meets Tsvetana Pironkova third on Court 1 and Yanina Wickmayer, the hard-hitting Belgian, takes on Olga Puchkova last on Court 1.

The U.S.’s other name in qualifying is wild card Alexandra Mueller, a 25-year-old journeywoman who has twice made the U.S. Open qualifying via the National Playoff Championships, which are taking place at the Connecticut Tennis Center alongside qualifying this weekend. The Playoffs come to an end on Monday. Mueller meets Karin Knapp in the second match on Court 1.

Play begins at 10 a.m. Grounds passes are just $7.

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