Photo: This Is What They Play for Today

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The singles final of the Connecticut Open presented by United Technologies will begin at 3pm today on Stadium Court. What are they playing for? This trophy among other things. The winner will take home $120,000USD as well as 470 WTA ranking points. Petra Kvitova is slated to stay at No. 4 in the world regardless of her result while Magdalena Rybarikova – the lowest-ranked finalist ever here in New Haven at No. 68 – will climb back into the Top 50 with a loss and could go into the Top 40 with a win (career high: No. 31).

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These two are old friends: They met playing in the final of an ITF event in 2007 in Prague when they were both teenagers. “From that time we are friends, and we are pretty close friends,” Kvitova said in press Friday night. “It’s going to be difficult. It’s a long time [since] we played each other in a match. We practice [together] sometimes, but not really in the past few months.”

The final will be televised in the U.S. on ESPN2 and livestreamed internationally (regional blockouts depending) on TennisTV.com. (Above photo by Billie Weiss/Connecticut Open)

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