Who’s Who at the Connecticut Open: Part 4

By Nicholas McCarvel

The countdown continues! In exactly one week the players in the qualifying draw of the Connecticut Open presented by United Technologies will arrive in New Haven for the chance at a main-draw berth ahead of the final major of the year, the US Open. Who are a few more of the world-class women’s tennis players in that main draw already? We take a look in Part Four of Who’s Who.

Vinci

Roberta Vinci, ITA
Rank: 25 Age: 31

Playing the best tennis of her life in the twilight of her career, this diminutive Italian is a doubles diva (winning five majors alongside partner Sara Errani), but has also found a fair amount of success on the singles court, too. She owns nine career titles and has five times been to the second week of a major, including the quarterfinals of the last two US Opens. The world No. 25 has been as high as No. 11 (last year) and is playing in Connecticut for the fifth time, though she’s never been past the second round.

Makarova

Ekaterina Makarova, RUS
Rank: 19 Age: 26

Makarova is one of the most dangerous players outside the top ten, the left-hander playing with oodles of power and plenty of confidence on the North American hard courts. She’s been to the quarterfinals of the Australian Open twice and last year made her first US Open quarterfinal. The 26 year old owns two WTA titles, including in Pattaya City this year. Just this summer she made the final eight at Wimbledon (a first) and this week scored a big upset over Petra Kvitova in Montreal. 2014 marks Makarova’s fifth trip to New Haven, having made the quarterfinals a year ago for her best-ever finish.

Navarro

Carla Suarez Navarro, ESP
Rank: 16 Age: 25

The pesky Spaniard is ranked 16th in the world and has big wins over almost all the top names (including Maria Sharapova earlier this week in Canada). She plays a consistent game with her rare one-handed backhand, dangerous from anywhere on the court. She won her first-ever career title in Portugal earlier this year and has been to the second week of a major seven times. Suarez Navarro is making her fourth trip to the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale, having lost in the second round in her three previous appearances.

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