Everyone Withdraws from WTA Connecticut; Gasquet Leads Winson-Salem
by Staff | August 21st, 2016, 3:34 pm

It’s the final week of play prior to the US Open.
Play features one event each on the ATP and WTA side — a surprising three Top 10 women in action (and rapidly changing, see below), but mostly a mix of players looking for some last-minute Slam preparation or some last-minute appearance cash.

Here’s a look at the ATP Winston-Salem Open and the WTA Connecticut Open:

Winston-Salem, North Carolina; Surface: hard

Seeds: Richard Gasquet, Roberto Bautista Agut, Pablo Cuevas, Steve Johnson, Kevin Anderson, Sam Querrey, Gilles Simon, Albert Ramos-Vinolas, Viktor Troicki, Joao Sousa, Paolo Lorenzi, Andrey Kuznetsov, Federico Delbonis, Marcos Baghdatis, Fernando Verdasco, Pablo Carreno Busta

Floaters: Guillermo “G-Lo” Garcia-Lopez, Lukas Rosol

Notes: 48 draw with all 16 seeds receiving opening-round byes…Potential tough starts for (6) Querrey vs. G-Lo and (4) Johnson against the upset specialist Rosol…A smattering of “B”-level stars such as the Rio gold medal double winner Johnson, Rio silver doubles medal winner Rajeev “Rampras” Ram, Aussie Thanasi Kokkinakis coming off the injured list, and rising Americans Taylor Fritz and Frances Tiafoe meeting in the first round…Wildcards were awarded to Americans Bjorn Fratangelo, Ram, Tiafoe, and the No. 2 seed Bautista Agut…Will Querrey still be rockin’ the encyclopedia salesman ‘stache this week?…Notable pulls from the event were Borna Coric, Ernests Gulbis, Nicolas Mahut, and Benoit Paire…Anderson beat Herbert in last year’s final…Former champs in the field are Anderson (2015), Rosol (2014), and Verdsco (2009).

New Haven, Conn.; Surface: hard

Seeds: Agnieszka Radwanska, Roberta Vinci, Petra Kvitova, Timea Bacsinszky, Karolina Pliskova, Elina Svitolina, Barbora Strycova, ???????

Floaters: Caroline Wozniacki, Belinda Bencic

Notes: This tournament has turned into a complete mess with the seeding in chaos as Svetlana Kuznetova withdrew citing a shoulder injury, Johanna Konta pulled with a back injury, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova withdrew citing a back injury, then today (Sunday) Madison Keys injured her neck practicing and withdrew…You have to think Pliskova is a good chance for a pull after winning Cincy today…Wildcards were awarded to Radwanska, Caroline Wozniacki, Genie Bouchard and Shelby Rogers…Who knows what interesting first round match-ups will occur as this draw obviously has some reshuffling that will occur, but as of now (1) Radwanska after a bye could start against Wozniacki…Also withdrawing were former No. 1 Jelena Jankovic and Sloane Stephens…Kvitova is the two-time defending champ, beating Lucie Safarova in last year’s final…Former champs in the field are Kvitova (2015-14,’12), and Wozniacki (2011-08).

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2 Comments for Everyone Withdraws from WTA Connecticut; Gasquet Leads Winson-Salem

Humble Rafa Says:


Not sure, if going from American of Indian heritage to Hindu American is an upgrade.

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Brian Says:

It’s Winston-Salem, not Winsom-Salem. BTW, the New Haven tournament is, in all likelihood, hanging by a thread. It has been allowed to deteriorate by management who, for example, sold off the mens’ component of the tournament to whomever landed it in Winston-Salem. The now “Connecticut Open” has never come up with a sensible strategy for marketing. They seem to insist on putting out a couple of stars as the reason to come and watch the tournament. I think Madison Keys was one of the players used this year and you are reporting that she has withdrawn. It is alarming to know of the quality players who have bailed so far this year. It will be a shame to lose the tournament, but I’m sure they have a spot for Ann Worcester, tournament director, somewhere. However, under her leadership the tournament has shriveled and is nearly dead. I say this with zero glee because I have always loved this tournament. We had Lendl, Sampras, McEnroe, Agassi, Becker, Davenport, Navratilova, V.Williams, S.Williams (almost), Courier, Santoro, Gasquet, Rosset (I think),Rios (tanked), Rafter, Paes, O’Brien (remember Alex?), Medvedev, Krajicek, Korda, Kafelnikov, Clement, Bruguera, Washington, Wheaton, Capriati, Graf, Hewitt, Fish, etc.,etc.,etc. It will be tough to lose it. Maybe someone with a talent for marketing a tournament will show up and offer the tournament as a calm oasis where many of the players who will be in the Open the following week can be watched in a relaxed and accessible environment. One can only hope.

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