Tournament Director Anne Worcester talks about the field, which includes eight of the top 20 players in women’s tennis.
World No. 3 Simona Halep and World No. 4 Petra Kvitova will join top young players like Sloane Stephens, Madison Keys and Coco Vandeweghe in New Haven this year.
Kvitova is a former Wimbledon champion and a two-time Connecticut Open champion, while Keys and Vandeweghe each advanced to the Wimbledon quarterfinals.
“I got more calls to please go recruit Coco than you can imagine,” Worcester said. “We’re very excited to have that trio of young Americans who have rocketed up in the rankings because of their results this year.”
Keys is coached by tennis legend and 2005 Connecticut Open champion Lindsay Davenport.