McEnroe Defeats Courier; Finals Draw Set for Saturday

NEW HAVEN, CT: John McEnroe plays Jim Courier as part of the PowerShares series on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Friday, August 28, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)

Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open

John McEnroe (USA) def. Jim Courier (USA) 6-4, 4-6, 10-8

In the nightcap, John McEnroe and Jim Courier provided plenty of fanfare in the Men’s Legends presented by PowerShares. The former World No. 1’s put on quite a show for the New Haven crowd, splitting the first two sets before a thrilling 10-8 tiebreaker. John McEnroe also helped raise funds for Yale New Haven Hospital during the match, auctioning two racquets for a total of $7,000.

Kvitova (CZE) def. Wozniacki (DEN) 7-5, 6-1

In a blockbuster match between Connecticut Open Champions, Petra Kvitova edged Caroline Wozniacki 7-5, 6-1 to advance to her fourth final in New Haven in four years. The Czech and Dane battled through a tightly-contested first set, but Kvitova was able to run away in the third. She sets up an all-Czech final with Lucie Safarova.

Safarova (CZE) def. Tsurenko (UKR) 6-2, 7-6(4)

Lucie Safarova became the first player to advance to the 2015 Connecticut Open finals, bouncing Lucky Loser Lesia Tsurenko 6-2, 7-6(4) for a berth in Saturday’s finale. Tsurenko gave a valiant effort, forcing Safarova to a tie-break in the second set, but the Czech was too much for the Ukrainian on Friday afternoon. Safarova awaits either two-time Champion Petra Kvitova or four-time winner Caroline Wozniacki in the finals.

Julia Goerges (GER)/Lucie Hradecka (CZE) def. Raquel Kops-Jones (USA)/Abigail Spears (USA) 1-6, 6-3, 10-2

Julia Goerges and Lucie Hradecka earned a spot in the doubles final on Saturday, defeating American duo Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears 1-6, 6-3, 10-2. After losing the first set 1-6, Goerges and Hradecka stormed back in the second to force a tiebreaker. The tiebreaker was all Goerges/Hradecka, bouncing the Americans 10-2 in the decider. Goerges and Hradecka awit the winner of Chi-Jung Chuang/Chen Liang and Anna-Lena Gorenefeld and Johanna Larsson.

Chia-Jung Chuang (TPE)/Chen Liang (CHN) def. Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER)/Johanna Larsson (SWE) 3-6, 6-3, 10-7

Chia-Jung Chuang and Chen Liang defeated Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Johanna Larsson 3-6, 6-3, 10-7 in a three-set thriller. Following a 3-6 first set, Chuang and Liang evened the score in the second before an epic third set, which was won 10-7 to advance to the finals.

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