What’s on Tap: Day 2 Packed for Qualifying


Saturday at the Connecticut Open presented by United Technologies is the second day of qualifying, with a jam-packed draw and plenty to follow around the grounds. What’s on tap? Below we give a breakdown of everything you need to know!

Friday’s Moment:
The singles draw ceremony was held Friday afternoon, with the assistance of World No. 13 and Australian Open runner-up Dominika Cibulkova. Plenty of intriguing first-round matches and potential late-round tilts were revealed, highlighted by a potential 2013 finals rematch between Simona Halep and Petra Kvitova in the finals.

MORE: Saturday ScheduleDraws & Order of Play | Singles Draw Preview

Saturday’s Must-Watch Match-ups:
[WC] Sorana Cirstea (ROU) vs. [7] Kaia Kanepi (EST)
Grandstand, Second match after 10 a.m.

Cirstea takes on Kanepi in a meeting of former World Top 25 players for the second match after 10am on the Grandstand. Kanepi has advanced to five Grand Slam quarterfinals, while Cirstea made the final eight at the French Open in 2009 and last year was a finalist at the Rogers Cup in Canada.

Monica Niculescu (ROU) vs. Annika Beck (GER)
Court 1, Second match after 10 a.m.

Following the opening match on Court 1, Romania’s Niculescu will meet the German Beck. Niculescu recently advanced to the semifinals in Bucharest, where she pushed Connecticut Open top seed Halep to three sets. Beck’s 2014 has also been strong, including victories over Connecticut Open commits Genie Bouchard and Sam Stosur en route to a Round of 16 effort in Dubai.

Picture This
Above, Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland eyes the ball during her first round victory over American Lauren Davis, the No. 5 seed. Bacsinszky plays third match on Court 1 vs. former US Open semifinalist Yanina Wickmayer. Read more about Bacsinszky’s story in today’s New Haven Register. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Connecticut Open)

World No. 19 Andrea Petkovic, a former Top 10 member and a French Open semifinalist this year, is obviously excited to be here. And we’re excited to have her! She faces No. 6 seed Cibulkova on Sunday or Monday in a must-see first round clash.


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