Who’s Who at the Connecticut Open: Part 1

By Nicholas McCarvel

With the Connecticut Open presented by United Technologies less than a month away and the US Open Series officially underway, we’re giving you a sneak peek at the world class tennis players that will descend on the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale August 15-23. First, a batch of four 22 year olds that has been making noise on the WTA for the last 12 months.

Jovanovski

Bojana Jovanovski, SRB
Rank: No. 36 Age: 22

The Serbian Jovanovski once again had a successful run in Baku, Uzbekistan, last week, losing in the final to fellow Connecticut Open commit Elina Svitolina, a follow-up to Bojana’s 2012 title there. The 22-year-old made the third round at Wimbledon thanks in part to an upset of former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka. Known as a baseline backboard, Jovanovski owns two career titles. She’s making her third appearance at the Connecticut Open.

Giorgi

Camila Giorgi
Rank: No. 39 Age: 22

The diminutive Italian has had some massive results, upsetting Caroline Wozniacki at the US Open last year, Maria Sharapova in Indian Wells this spring and Victoria Azarenka in the lead-up to Wimbledon. The 22 year old was a finalist in Katowice earlier this year and had her best result at a Slam in 2012, when she qualified for Wimbledon and made the fourth round. This is Giorgi’s second trip to New Haven, but first appearance in the main draw.

Coco

Coco Vandeweghe, USA
Rank: No. 48 Age: 22

The hard-hitting American is having a breakthrough year of sorts, having won her first-ever title at the grass court stop in ’s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands, before Wimbledon. The California native also made the fourth round in Miami, beating top 25 opponents Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Sam Stosur before bowing out to eventual winner Serena Williams. She’s playing in New Haven for the first time since 2010, when she lost in qualifying.

Kurumi

Kurumi Nara, JPN
Rank: No. 40 Age: 22

The Japanese No. 1 is a consistent force on the WTA, and earlier this year won her first-ever pro crown with a victory in Rio de Janeiro, where she beat veteran Klara Koukalova in the final. Nara is particularly dangerous on hard courts, having made the third round at both the US Open last year and in Australia earlier this year. She’s making her debut appearance at the Connecticut Open.

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