Grand Slam Finalist Cibulkova Advances, Halep Withdraws

NEW HAVEN, CT: Dominika Cibulkova plays Tsvetana Pironkova on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Sunday, August 23, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)

Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open

Day 1 at the Connecticut Open presented by United Technologies featured a Grand Slam finalist and promising American teaming up in the doubles draw. In addition, 2013 Connecticut Open Champion Simona Halep withdrew from the tournament due to a left thigh injury.

See below for some of the highlights of Day 1 and click HERE for full results.

Cibulkova (SVK) def. Pironkova (BUL) 7-6(6), 6-7(5), 6-3

In a back-and-forth slug fest on Stadium Court, Grand Slam finalist Dominika Cibulkova bested Tsvetana Pironkova 7-6(6), 6-7(5), 6-3 to advance to the Round of 16. Recovering from an Achilles surgery earlier this year, Cibulkova was up to the challenge during the three hour-plus tilt. The Slovak now awaits the winner of France’s Kristina Mladenovic and Italy’s Sara Errani, seeded eighth in the field.

Begu (ROU) def. Diyas (KAZ) 7-5, 5-7, 6-2

Another three-setter took place on Stadium Court, as Irina-Camelia Begu bounced Zarina Diyas 7-5, 5-7, 6-2 for a berth in the second round. Begu ran away with the match in the third frame, firing two aces and winning more than 70 percent of her first serves. The Romanian fill face the winner of fourth-seeded Lucie Safarova and Daria Gavrilova.

Lauren Davis/Alison Riske def. Irina Falconi/Laura Robson 6-2, 6-3

Americans Lauren Davis and Alison Riske took down Irina Falconi and Laura Robson 6-2, 6-3 in their opening round match. Riske will also compete in the singles draw, receiving a main draw wildcard last week.

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