What’s on Tap: Americans Headline Main Draw Openers

Sunday at the Connecticut Open presented by United Technologies marks the final day of qualifying and the first day of main draw singles and doubles action. What’s on tap? Below we give a breakdown of everything you need to know!


Saturday’s Moment:
Francesca Schiavone, the 2010 French Open Champion, continued her stellar play at the 2014 Connecticut Open, dispatching Olga Govortsova, 6-2, 6-3, in the second round of qualifying. The 34-year-old will face Timea Bacsinszky (pictured above) on the Grandstand following Mona Barthel vs. Belinda Bencic for a berth into the main draw. In case you missed it, we recently caught up with the Italian to ask about her love for fast cars! (Bacsinszky photo by Billie Weiss/Connecticut Open)

MORE: A Full Wrap-Up of Saturday’s Action

Sunday’s Must-Watch Match-ups:
Alison Riske (USA) vs. Casey Dellacqua (AUS)
Stadium Court, First Match, Noon

Riske and Dellacqua open the action on Stadium Court at this year’s event, as both players make their third visit to the Connecticut Open. Last year, the American advanced through qualifying and into the Round of 16, while Dellacqua last played in New Haven in 2008 where she produced the same effort. Both players have had success in 2014, reaching respective career-high rankings, while Dellacqua currently sits at her career best of No. 30.

Riske’s countrywoman, Coco Vandeweghe, takes the court second, the American facing hard-hitting Camila Giorgi of Italy.

Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) vs. Roberta Vinci (ITA)
Stadium Court, Third Match after Noon

Makarova has been playing phenomenal tennis of late, advancing to at least the quarterfinals at four of her last five tournaments (including a tournament known as Wimbledon… ), and boasting a career-high ranking of World No. 18. The Russian also made the quarterfinals last year in New Haven. However, the crafty Italian Vinci has also produced an impressive month, with runner-up efforts in Istanbul and Bucharest.

More: Updated Singles & Doubles Draws | Sunday Order of Play

Doubles Draw
The doubles draw was released on Saturday afternoon, which is sure to provide an intriguing slate of match-ups and plenty of fanfare. Cara Black and Sania Mirza were tabbed as the top-seed, while doubles specialists Katarina Srebotnik and Kveta Peschke are seeded second. Rounding out the seeds are No. 3 Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic and No. 4 Hao-Ching Chan and Jie Zheng.

MORE: Full Doubles Draw

Kids Day

aetna Kids Day
Beginning at 10 a.m., join WTA stars Sam Stosur and Andrea Petkovic for a fun-filled day of tennis clinics, giveaways and autograph sessions. Tickets start at just $13 (all day activities/matches included for kids under 14; $25 for adults), and the first 1,000 kids receive an aetna backpack! For more information on aetna Kids Day, click here.

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