By: Noah Levy, News 8 Intern
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – Two more tennis superstars have committed to play in the Connecticut Open taking place in August.
World No. 8 Ekaterina Makarova of Russia has been hugely successful the past year, defeating 2013 Connecticut Open Champion and World No. 3 Simona Halep on her path to the Australian Open. This will be her sixth appearance at the Connecticut Open, with her best finish a quarterfinals placement in 2013.
Meanwhile, American Slone Stephens will be making her fourth appearance at the Open, who coincidentally, also boasts a quaterfinal finish in 2013. Stephens, No. 11 in the World, has enjoyed a successful season, highlighted by a strong appearance at the French Open and defeating Serena Williams to reach the semifinals of the Australian Open.
Makarova and Stephens will join defending Connecticut Open Champion and World No. 2 Petra Kvitova and rising American star Madison Keys as committed tournament players. Beyond a top-notch women’s field, attendees will also get to see popular male tennis talents such as Fairfield native James Blake, Andy Roddick, Jim Courier, and the legendary John McEnroe.
The Connecticut Open is presented by United Technologies and takes place August 21-29 at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale.