Who’s Who at the Connecticut Open: Part 3

By Nicholas McCarvel

One of the best parts of the Connecticut Open presented by United Technologies is the chance fans get to see players at every stage of their career. This week, three players’ ages span a decade, but their rankings are all within just a few spots of one another. They represent part three of Who’s Who at the CTO.

WTA Qualifier Headshots

Casey Dellacqua, AUS
Rank: 31 Age: 29

The resurgent Australian has had a banner year, reaching her career-high ranking of No. 31 at the age of 29, her 13th year as a touring pro. Dellacqua made the fourth round of the Australian Open at home before reaching the semifinals in Birmingham in June, her two best results of the year. Dellacqua has three career doubles titles to her name, though is yet to reach a WTA final. This is her third appearance in Connecticut, having last played in the Constitution State in 2008.

Zhang

Shuai Zhang, CHN
Rank: 30 Age: 25

Consistent results have vaulted Shuai to a career-high ranking, as well, the 25-year-old appearing in the quarterfinals in Rome and the semifinals in Acapulco, Kuala Lumpur and Birmingham. She won her first and only singles crown last fall in front of a home crowd in Guangzhou. Shuai played New Haven for the first time a year ago, but lost in the second round of qualifying.

Muguruza

Garbine Muguruza, ESP
Rank: 27 Age: 20

The Spaniard caused shockwaves around the tennis world when she scored a major upset over Serena Williams in the second round of the French Open, dismissing the world No. 1 6-2, 6-2. Muguruza went on to the quarterfinals (losing in three sets to Maria Sharapova), but solidified herself as a player to watch in years to come. She won her first career title in Hobart earlier this year before making the final in Florianopolis. The hard-hitting baseline player will play in the main draw of the Connecticut Open for the first time have lost in qualifying in 2012.

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