Bouchard, Kvitova headline Day 2 action

August 20, 2017 07:04 PM

It’s Opening Night Ceremony presented by Yale University on Day 2 at the Connecticut Open.

To help celebrate 20 years of women’s tennis in New Haven, Martina Navratilova will play two sets of mixed doubles – one against fellow Hall of Famer and Grand Slam great Mats Wilander and another that includes Yale University tennis players Samantha Martinelli, Jeff Dawson and Marc Powers.

Monday night also marks three-time champion Petra Kvitova’s and former world No.7 Eugenie Bouchard’s returns.

Here are our three key matches to catch:

[3] Petra Kvitova v Zhang Shuai
Czech Petra Kvitova launches her bid for a fourth Connecticut Open title on Monday night against China’s Zhang Shuai. The two-time Wimbledon champion won her 20th career title this season in Birmingham in just her second tournament back following an attack at her home in December. Zhang produced a remarkable run at the 2016 Australian Open. Facing her 15th first-round Grand Slam exit, she stunned world No.2 Simona Halep en route to becoming the first qualifier since 1990 to reach the quarter-finals. Kvitoa leads their head-to-head 2-1.

Eugenie Bouchard v Lauren Davis
Canadian wild card Eugenie Bouchard returns to New Haven for the fourth time keen to rediscover the form, which took her as high as No.7 in the rankings in 2014. In that breakthrough season Bouchard reached the Wimbledon final and semi-finals at the Australian Open and French Open. Now ranked at No.70, Bouchard opens her campaign against Lauren Davis, the sole American in the main draw. The winner will face top seed and defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska. Davis started the season winning her first tour title in Auckland and cracked the top 30 in May. The pair split their two prior encounters.

[4] Kristina Mladenovic v Timea Babos
The No.4 seed, Mladenovic, opens against former doubles partner, Hungarian Timea Babos. The Frenchwoman has reached four finals in 2017, winning her maiden title in St Petersburg and defeating Maria Sharapova en route to the Stuttgart final. The 14th-ranked Mladenovic has won three of their fives meetings but it was Babos who got the upper hand in their most recent clash in Moscow last season. Babos swept to the Budapest title on home soil earlier in the season.