Riske, Giorgi, Makarova, Pennetta Into Second Round; Qualifiers Advance to Main Draw


Sunday at the 2014 Connecticut Open presented by United Technologies provided plenty of exciting moments, as main draw play commenced and qualifying action concluded. Let’s take a look back at Sunday’s action.

Worth The Riske:
American Alison Riske advanced to the Round of 16 at the Connecticut Open presented by United Technologies for the second straight year, dispatching Australian Casey Dellacqua, 6-1, 6-4, on Sunday. Riske broke through as a qualifier last year, but 2014 has been a different story. The Pittsburgh native has played phenomenal tennis of late, reaching a career-high ranking earlier this summer.

On her time in New Haven… “I think it’s extremely comfortable. The hotel is close and you have plenty of great restaurants to choose from. The people are just really friendly. I really do love it, and New Haven is definitely one of my favorite stops of the year.”

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Giorgi Powers Through:
Camila Giorgi packs a lot of power in her ground strokes, and her game was on full display in an impressive 6-3, 6-1 win over American Coco Vandeweghe. The Italian won an impressive 68 percent of her service points en route to victory, setting up a potential date with four-time Champion Caroline Wozniacki in the second round.

Makarova Breezes:
Ekaterina Makarova has been on top of her game in recent months, and she provided more of the same today against Roberta Vinci, defeating the Italian 6-3, 6-3 on Stadium Court. Makarova has advanced to at least the quarterfinals at four of her last five tournaments (including a tournament known as Wimbledon… ), and the World No. 18 is now one win away from extending her run.

Forza, Pennetta!
Sixth-seeded Flavia Pennetta got off to a fast start and never looked back, taking down Klara Koukalova 6-1, 6-3 in the final match on Stadium 1. The Italian’s serve was on target throughout, sticking five aces and winning over 70 percent of her service points. The World No. 14 moves on to face American Alison Riske in the second round.

On facing Alison Riske…”Well, she’s a really good player. Last year, if I remember, she played really well here, and also at the US Open she made the [fourth round]. So this is a place where she plays good. She had a great win today. I don’t believe we’ve ever played each other, but I’m looking forward to it.”

Welcome to the Draw:
Qualifying play has concluded at the Connecticut Open, with Belinda Bencic, Silvia Soler-Espinosa, Timea Bacsinszki, Misaki Doi, Irina-Camelia Begu and Peng Shuai advancing to the main draw. Bencic faces Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, Soler-Espinosa takes on Magdalena Rybarikova, Bacsinszky meets four-time Champion Caroline Wozniacki, Doi matches up with Kirsten Flipkens, Begu battles Carla Suaraz-Navarro and Peng meets Elina Svitolina.

Dialing Long Distance:
American Vandeweghe may have fell short today, but she came up big in this video. Watch the World No. 38 smash a few winners from high above Stadium Court:

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