Big Wednesday: Wozniacki, Bouchard in Action as Men’s Legends Return

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(Above photo: Billie Weiss/Connecticut Open)

From the first match through the last, the lineup at the Connecticut Open presented by United Technologies is top-notch on Wednesday, and it includes two former world No. 1s and two former Grand Slam champions.

One of those former world No. 1s kicks off the day’s play, four-time Connecticut Open champion Caroline Wozniacki taking the court at 1pm. The other will finish it, as Jim Courier meets James Blake in a first-ever Men’s Legends Event here in New Haven.

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Below, a rundown of what to watch for on Day 5.

Caro’s Big Test
[4] Caroline Wozniacki [DEN] vs. Camila Giorgi (ITA)
Stadium Court, 1pm – Tennis Channel and TennisTV coverage

Wozniacki has a sterling record inside Stadium Court, but she’ll be challenged on Wednesday by the diminutive Italian Camila Giorgi, who stunned her last year at the US Open. Wozniacki got revenge earlier this summer on grass in Birmingham, but both their clashes have gone three sets.

“I love playing here, so my confidence is really high,” said Wozniacki, the champion here from 2008 to 2011. “[Giorgi] hits the ball really hard, so it’s going to be all about being aggressive with her.”

Genie Meets Her Match
[3] Genie Bouchard (CAN) vs. [WC] Sam Stosur (AUS)
Stadium Court, 7pm – Tennis Channel and TennisTV coverage

No. 3 Genie Bouchard got her first win since Wimbledon earlier this week after a summer of frustrations, where she lost in the first round of Montreal and Cincinnati. To win two in a row won’t be easy as she meets 2011 US Open champion Sam Stosur, the Australian. The young Canadian, now a world No. 8, owns a 1-1 record vs. the 30-year-old, though Stosur won their most recent meeting on hard court last fall in Osaka.

The Boys are Back: Blake vs. Courier
James Blake vs. Jim Courier, Men’s Legends Event
Stadium Court, Second after 7pm

For the first time in years men’s tennis returns to the Connecticut Open, this time in the form of a men’s legends event, led by local native and former top 10-ranked Blake. He meets Courier, a two-time Grand Slam champion and world No. 1 on Wednesday night before playing against longtime friend and foe Andy Roddick on Thursday night. Want more information or to buy tickets? Then click here.

Bonus: Can Petko Continue Her Run?
[WC] Andrea Petkovic (GER) vs. [WC] Kirsten Flipkens (SVK)
Stadium Court, Third after 1pm

It’s a wild card bonus on Wednesday afternoon in the third match, as French Open semifinalist Petkovic looks to follow up on her upset over No. 5 seed Dominika Cibulkova in the first round. Petkovic leads her head-to-head 3-1 vs. the Belgian, who was a semifinalist herself at Wimbledon last year, though they haven’t met since 2010.

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