Americans Stephens, Keys, Kenin Lead WTA Washington; Gauff Qualifies
by Staff | July 28th, 2019, 6:48 pm
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The summer hard court circuit on the WTA officially begins this week on both coasts. Washington will be home to a slew of Americans including Sloane Stephens, Madison Keys, Sonia Kenin and Wimbledon breakout star Coco Gauff.

Stephens is the lone former champion in the field having won it back in 2015, her first career title.

Stephens could meet Lesia Tsurenko in the quarters and then Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the semifinals.

Keys could meet Monica Puig in the quarters and Kenin the semifinals.

Projected quarterfinals: Stephens-Tsurenko, Hsieh-Pavlyuchenkova, Siniakova-Kenin, Keys-Puig.

Fifteen-year-old sensation Gauff made it through qualification and will now face Zarina Diyas in her opener. She could then meet Lesia Tsurenko with Stephens possibly in the quarters.

“I’m happy that I was able to get into the main draw. These two matches, I feel like, will prep me for my first round, especially because I’ve never been to this tournament before,” said Gauff who didn’t drop a set in two matches.

“I was glad that I was able to get a feel of how it is, the site, playing those two qualifying matches. The weather is similar to home, so I felt like I’ve been practicing at home. I’ll be happy playing on any court.”

Indian Wells winner Bianca Andreescu withdrew.

Last year, Svetlana Kuznetsova beat Donna Vekic in a 3-set final. Kuznetsova, though, was unable to make the event this year and defend her trophy due to Visa issues.

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