VANDEWEGHE AND PLISKOVA ACCEPT WILD CARDS AS 2018 CONNECTICUT OPEN
CONFIRMS FIVE OF THE TOP 10 PLAYERS IN THE WORLD
American Vandeweghe returns to New Haven as qualifying kicks off tomorrow for just $7 a ticket
World No.8 and former US Open finalist Pliskova to make 2nd main draw appearance
New Haven, Conn., August 16, 2018 - 2017 US Open semifinalist Coco Vandeweghe has accepted a wild card into the 2018 Connecticut Open, it was announced today by Tournament Director Anne Worcester.
The 26-year-old American, who cracked the Top 10 in November last year and is currently ranked No.24, will be joined in the draw by World. No 8 Karolina Pliskova, meaning five of the top 10 players in the world will be competing in the WTA Premier event for the first time since 2006.
"I am thrilled to be awarded this Connecticut Open wild card as I look for tough matches ahead of this year's US Open," said Vandeweghe. "New Haven offers such great conditions, a super strong field and any chance to play in front of an American crowd is a treat for me."
Vandeweghe, who holds two WTA titles and reached the final at the Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart this spring, represented the United States at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and is a proud member of the US Fed Cup team. She will return to the main draw in New Haven for the third time in her career.
Pliskova is a former World No.1 with 10 WTA singles titles to her name. Her best result on US soil came when she reached the final of the US Open in 2016. She joins Simona Halep (1), Caroline Garcia (5), Petra Kvitova (6) and Goerges (10) in the outstanding final field.
"To have the fourth-ranked American in our draw is fantastic for our fans here in New Haven, who love to show their support to our American players," said Worcester. "Coco is such a fun personality both on and off the court, we can't wait to have her here.
"Karolina has been one of the most dominant players on tour in the past few years and her serve is one of the biggest weapons in tennis. Our fans are in for a real treat with five of the top 10 players in the world competing."
Qualifying wild cards are now confirmed for the US Open Series event. Joining Caroline Dunleavy (Yale), Whitney Osuigwe and Bernarda Pera will be 2017 Junior Wimbledon Champion Claire Liu, Maria Mateas and Emma Davis in the all-American line-up.
Mateas (from Braintree, MA) is quickly rising in the WTA rankings and is currently ranked No. 284 after winning her first $25K ITF Pro Circuit title in Fort Worth, TX. She will enter her freshman year at Duke University in the fall. Davis (Cohasset, MA) is coming off an incredible year of tennis at Wake Forest University and is currently ranked #25 in the country among NCAA Division 1 college players.
Qualifying begins at the Connecticut Tennis Center at 10am tomorrow with tickets available for just $7 a day. With an all-top 100 field including Olympic gold medalist Monica Puig and 2011 US Open champion Samantha Stosur, fans can witness match-ups equivalent to early rounds at the US Open.
The Connecticut Open has launched a brand new app for 2018 – a one-stop shop for all news relating to the tournament including draws, scores and schedules. Fans on site can also have select menu items delivered directly to their seats, share their favorite moments in the Fan Stream and earn points that can be redeemed daily for tournament and tech merchandise. The app will be available at the Apple Store, Google play for Android users or at www.tennis.one
Tickets for the 2018 Connecticut Open that takes place August 17-25 are available at CTOpen.org/Tickets or by calling the box office at 1-855-464-8366. Tickets for Beer Fest at the Connecticut Open on Saturday, August 25 are available at bit.ly/BeerFestatCTO
Please note: the official WTA Draw Ceremony will take place at Yale University's Sterling Library tomorrow at 1pm with World No.10 Julia Goerges is confirmed to take part.
About Connecticut Open
The Connecticut Open is a WTA tournament held at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale featuring a 30-player singles main draw, a 48-player qualifying draw and a 16-team doubles draw with total prize money of $799,000. The 2017 title was won by Australia’s Daria Gavrilova, who collected her maiden WTA trophy as the tournament celebrated 20 years of women’s tennis in New Haven. Past champions include Steffi Graf, Lindsay Davenport (2 titles), Jennifer Capriati, Venus Williams (4), Justine Henin, Caroline Wozniacki (4) and Petra Kvitova (3). As a not-for-profit 501c3 charitable organization, the Connecticut Open’s mission is to leverage the excitement of world-class women’s tennis to benefit the local community and maximize support for women’s, youth and other causes. The tournament also generates $10 million in regional economic impact. The Connecticut Open is prominently featured domestically through 50 hours on ESPN2 and ESPN3 and is also broadcast internationally by WTA Media in 158 countries. In 2017, the global audience reached nearly 12 million viewers. For more details and tickets, visit www.ctopen.org