Qualies Day 2: Schiavone, Garcia Roll into Sunday


Above, Caroline Garcia fist pumps during her qualifying win Saturday. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Connecticut Open)

By Nicholas McCarvel

At 34, Francesca Schiavone keeps trucking along on the WTA Tour.

The 2010 French Open Champion, now ranked No. 77, is one win away from qualifying for the main draw of the Connecticut Open presented by United Technologies as she dismissed Olga Govortsova 6-2, 6-3 Saturday afternoon.

MORE: Updated Qualifying Draw | Sunday’s Order of Play

The final round of qualifying will be held Sunday at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale, where 12 players will fight for the six spots remaining in the main draw. Schiavone faces a resurgent Timea Bacsinszky, the former world No. 37.

Caroline Garcia, the 20-year-old Frenchwoman, is the highest remaining seed at No. 3. She beat Su-Wei Hsieh Saturday and will meet Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania.

Seventeen-year-old Belinda Bencic advanced, as did fellow youngster Annika Beck and Germany’s Mona Barthel. The lone U.S. player in qualifying, Nicole Gibbs, lost to Misaki Doi in three sets.

Peng Shuai, part of the world’s No. 1 doubles team, will meet big-hitting Karin Knapp for a spot in the main draw. Another hard hitter, Kaia Kanepi, the No. 7 seed, faces all-courter Silvia Soler-Espinosa.

Once qualifying is complete, qualifiers will be placed into the main draw and scheduled for Monday first round matches.

Doubles Duty: The doubles draw was released on Saturday afternoon, with eight-time Grand Slam champion Cara Black and her partner Sania Mirza leading the way. They are joined by Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik as top seeds. Americans Gibbs and Grace Min received a wildcard and will meet Anabel Medina Garrigues and Yaroslava Shvedova in the first round. See the full draw here.

Tweet of the Day: Welcome back, Petra! The Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova is feeling pretty good about being back at the Connecticut Open, where she’s been a finalist (2013) and champion (2012) in her last two appearances.

Kvitova Tweet

Whoa, Coco! What’s American Coco Vandeweghe up to way up high in Stadium Court? Stay tuned to our YouTube channel to find out.


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