Cheat Sheet: Germans Gone and Wednesday’s Blockbuster Lineup

by Nicholas McCarvel


Call in sick, change your plans… think of something! If there were any afternoon to head to the New Haven Open at Yale this week, we’d say Wednesday is it. Top seed Sara Errani, four-time winner Caroline Wozniacki and defending champion Petra Kvitova are all in action – and that’s all before Sloane Stephens in the night session!

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Hingis Makes A Go
It was a no-go in the win-column Tuesday night for the never-say-die Martina Hingis, she and partner Daniela Hantuchova falling to doubles experts Cara Black and Vania King on Stadium Court. While it wasn’t a shining performance from the 32-year-old “comeback kid” (we can still call her that, right?) Hingis was all smiles in her post-match press conference. Life after tennis for Martina includes more tennis – and let’s just hope another trip to New Haven in 2014…

Day Planner
We don’t mean to micromanage, but really, get here on Wednesday however you can! (Tennis Channel is live from 1 to 5pm and again from 7 to 9, FYI.) Errani’s clash with Ekaterina Makarova could be a good one as the Russian looks to claim her first win over the No. 1 seed since 2007 (Errani has won two straight). Thereafter, Wozniacki (vs. Karin Knapp) and Kvitova (vs. Alison Riske) both face qualifiers that they’ve never played before. Riske is one to keep an eye on: she’s 18-7 (all levels) since early June and has won four matches (including qualifying) this week, making her a dangerous foe for Kvitova, who brings a five-match win-streak into this affair.

:)s from Vesnina

Sara ‘Pong’ Errani
Will Italy dominate in table tennis at the 2016 Rio Games? If Sara Errani has anything to do with it they just might. The top seed at the New Haven Open signed autographs on Tuesday for fans, then put on a table tennis clinic of sorts (above), playing fans and (dare we say) schooling them – all with a smile on her face.

Upset Bug
So long, Sabine. You too, Angie. It was a tough day to be a seed at the New Haven Open, with No. 2 Angelique Kerber and No. 7 Sabine Lisicki – both Germans – falling to a pair of Russians in Elena Vesnina and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, respectively.

Marathon Woman Petra
Petra Kvitova, the defending champion, won her fifth straight match at the Connecticut Tennis Center dating back to last year. The Czech world No. 8 also added this accolade to her resume: she has played the most three-set matches of any player on the WTA this year, registering her 27th in a win over Annika Beck.

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