Who’s Who at the Connecticut Open: Part 5

By Nicholas McCarvel

The Connecticut Open presented by United Technologies gets underway this weekend, when some of the world’s best women’s tennis players once again return to New Haven to make their final US Open tune-ups. Today, a look at three very established names, including two former Grand Slam finalists and a four-time champion at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale.

Woz

Caroline Wozniacki, DEN
Rank: 12 Age: 24

For years the Dane dominated in New Haven, the former world No. 1 winning this tournament four years in a row, from 2008 to 2011. Wozniacki won her 22nd career title a few weeks ago in Istanbul, marking the seventh straight year in which she’s won at least one tournament. The baseline specialist has wins over Sam Stosur, Sloane Stephens and Sabine Lisicki in a year that included a run to week two of Wimbledon. In her seventh year in New Haven, Wozniacki will look to build on a 24-2 career record here and win an eye-popping fifth title.

Errani

Sara Errani, ITA
Rank: 15 Age: 27

The 2012 French Open runner-up has been solid since that breakthrough performance over two years ago, making the quarterfinals or better at three majors since, including in Paris again this year. Errani’s all-court game has helped her to seven career titles, most recently in Acapulco in 2013. Errani is making her eighth trip to the Connecticut Open, having her best run in 2012, when she was a semifinalist.

Pennetta

Flavia Pennetta, ITA
Rank: 14 Age: 32

The outgoing Italian has had a late-career resurgence, reaching the US Open semifinals last year and winning the title in Indian Wells earlier this year. That was the 10th title of the 32-year-old’s storied career, and second on a U.S. hard court (Los Angeles, 2008). Pennetta has wins over most of the big names in the sport during her career, including Li Na, Agnieszka Radwanska and Angelique Kerber just this year. 2014 marks Pennetta’s eighth trip to New Haven, having made her best run in 2009, when she was a semifinalist.

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