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New Haven 2013: Open at Yale
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NEW HAVEN OPEN AT YALE
New Haven, USA
Aug 18 - Aug 24


http://www.newhavenopen.com/

Last stop before the US Open is this premier level event with 470 points to the winner.

Defending Champion is Petra Kvitova.
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She beat Maria Kirilenko last year.

List of players here:
http://www.newhavenopen.com/Players/?intloc=headernav
Sara, Marion, Petra, Angie and Caro top the field.
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New Haven 2013: Yale Open
PREVIOUS WINNERS

Year--Singles------Doubles
2012--Petra Kvitova------Liezel Huber / Lisa Raymond
2011--Caroline Wozniacki------Chia-Jung Chuang / Olga Govortsova
2010--Caroline Wozniacki------Kveta Peschke / Katarina Srebotnik
2009--Caroline Wozniacki------Nuria Llagostera Vives / Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez
2008--Caroline Wozniacki------Kveta Peschke / Lisa Raymond


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13-Aug-2013 10:41 AM
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RE: New Haven 2013: Open at Yale
Here is the good news folks, I purchased a ticket and am going to be in New Haven this coming Sunday.
I will make a short report here for all of you that read these columns.

May be show you all some pictures too.

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RE: New Haven 2013: Open at Yale
(14-Aug-2013 02:04 PM)Kiu Wrote:  Here is the good news folks, I purchased a ticket and am going to be in New Haven this coming Sunday.
I will make a short report here for all of you that read these columns.

May be show you all some pictures too.

Big Smile

So lucky! Have fun Big Smile the player list looks pretty solid.
The closest to me is IW. But that means I never see the Williams Sad
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RE: New Haven 2013: Open at Yale
(14-Aug-2013 02:04 PM)Kiu Wrote:  Here is the good news folks, I purchased a ticket and am going to be in New Haven this coming Sunday.
I will make a short report here for all of you that read these columns.

May be show you all some pictures too.

Big Smile

My son went to school up there and this was one of my favorite tournaments to visit. Have fun Cool

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RE: New Haven 2013: Open at Yale
Qualification rounds started.
Scoreboard here:
http://www.protennislive.com/lshd/main.s...tennis.com
16-Aug-2013 10:16 AM
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RE: New Haven 2013: Open at Yale
[1] Errani vs BYE
Makarova vs Wozniak
Halep vs Hantuchova
Suarez Navarro vs [5] Vinci

[4]Wozniacki vs Peng
Q vs Q
Jovanovski vs Goerges
Q vs [6] Stephens

[7] Lisicki vs Mladenovic
Pavlyuchenkova vs Cirstea
Q vs Rybarikova
U.Radwanska vs [3] Kvitova

[8] Cibulkova vs Zakopalova
Q vs Hsieh
Vesnina vs Q
BYE vs [2] Kerber
16-Aug-2013 04:05 PM
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RE: New Haven 2013: Open at Yale
Monday night something special in New Haven:
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RE: New Haven 2013: Open at Yale
Hi. I've just tweetet this to @newhavenopen

Leif ‏@hoergren 3m

@newhavenopen You're promoting Monday night as "Champions night" - fine, BUT couldn't you let the cameras run and stream it?


So my suggestion to you make your own tweets to @newhavenopen and put a little pressure on them. Maybe they won't do it but it can't hurt to try can it?Smile
18-Aug-2013 07:00 AM
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RE: New Haven 2013: Open at Yale
Tennis Frontier correspondent will be reporting live from New Haven tonight, stay tuned folks.
18-Aug-2013 09:14 AM
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RE: New Haven 2013: Open at Yale
Good luck Kiu. Have fun. Looking forward to your reports.
18-Aug-2013 10:53 AM
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Day 1 report.
New Haven, Connecticut.
Sunday August 18th 2013


First of all, here are the scores:
Singles - First round
[7] SABINE LISICKI (GER) D KRISTINA MLADENOVIC (FRA) | 7 - 5 | 6 - 1 |

Singles - Qualifying - Final round
ALISON RISKE (USA) D [9] YANINA WICKMAYER (BEL) | 6 - 4 | 6 - 2 |
[7] AYUMI MORITA (JPN) D MARIANA DUQUE-MARINO (COL) | 6 - 2 | 6 - 1 |
[5] STEFANIE VOEGELE (SUI) D YAROSLAVA SHVEDOVA (KAZ) | 6 - 3 | 3 - 6 | 2 - 1 | RET
[6] MONICA PUIG (PUR) D CAROLINE GARCIA (FRA) | 6 - 2 | 6 - 4 |
[10] KARIN KNAPP (ITA) D [4] ANNIKA BECK (GER) | 7 - 6 (4) | 4 - 6 | 6 - 2 |
ANNA SCHMIEDLOVA (SVK) D [3] ELINA SVITOLINA (UKR) | 7 - 6 (4) | 6 - 2 |

So Here I am, reporting to all of you, I spent about 7 hours walking the grounds, taking pictures, covering practice session, matches and so much more.
It was fun to say the least as I got more than I expected.

My main goal was to take pictures of as many ladies as possible, so in my mind I was thinking of covering the matches mainly to accomplish that fact, but these were qualifying round matches, how many stars do qualifying? I knew the first day only included one first round match, which was at the end of the day.
I was not even thinking about the practice sessions beforehand, boy did that come as a surprise to me, where else was I going to find "Pocket Rocket" hitting balls against Sara Errani?

Coming into the grounds early has it's advantages, early on I saw a host of players going through their practice sessions, this list includes Daniela, Dominika, Roberta, Makarova..so many ladies, so little time!! There was so much action that I had difficulty covering everything! I look at the clock and ooops I missed Sloane's practice session, I go back to cover the final of one match but it's too late, the match was finished due to retirement.... you get the picture? It was obviously too much for one person to cover and I just had to do as much as one person could accomplish.

But I did it!! It was so much fun to boot...
Starting with the last match first, this was the match I was almost able to cover fully. I saw the end of the first set and the whole second set(which was interrupted by rain twice). Boom Boom against Kristina was the only first round match of the day..I took about 75-100 pictures of this match.
It was a close first set, Sabine was ahead but then Kristina came back, It ended 7-5 in Sabine's favor, The second set was not as close, at one point Sabine was on the verge of going up 5 to love.It was great seeing Sabine live in action,oh did I mention I love her serve!! It's a bullet!
I saw Morita's one sided Victory, she really shouldn't have to do qualifying, she is that good, shows you the level of competition here.
I saw the end of Riske vs. Wickmayer, Wickmayer was not happy, didn't shake the umpire's hand and quickly left the court.
All in all I took a huge amount of images, covered about 5-6 practice sessions, 4-5 matches and then some. I also saw three of the qualifying matches, two of these featured young American Ladies, in both cases they were victorious, namely Puig and Riske. Both Ladies seem to be on the uprise, they won today and made the main draw, I was most impressed with Alison, she has a bright future, me thinks.
The day ended with more rain sprinkle that stopped Caro's practice session, which was 5-6:30 pm, that didn't stop me from getting a bunch of her pictures. BTW, this rumor of Caro changing coach is total non-sense, she was being coached by Daddy all of today, I tell you she is a great listener....And she LOVES her DAD!!

I am not done yet, stay tuned folks!!
I will be back in the Connecticut Tennis center tomorrow to continue my coverage. I have secured session 2 and session 3 tickets, charged my batteries and will be there for at least 8 hours tomorrow, I don't think I'll stay for Petra's match because I have to drive 6 hours tomorrow night...I am planning on capturing 1500 more images though!!
BTW, stay tuned for images, they will be up on this very same thread in a couple of days. That's when I am back in town.


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Wow must be fun to be there Kiu. Here is a video of the 4 top seeds - what do they think of different matters:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFFPVqc1X...e=youtu.be

Have fun. Look forward to your next report and maybe a few pictures? Are you attending Champions night? - take a few videos then - please.
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RE: New Haven 2013: Open at Yale
Sounds good Kiu!
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New Haven 2013: Open at Yale
I was hoping to see Martina and Daniela today but only one double match was set for the day and it's not it.
But I got a bunch of Singles matches!
YAY!!
Here is the order:
MONDAY, AUGUST 19, 2013

STADIUM
12:00 - SIMONA HALEP (ROU) V DANIELA HANTUCHOVA (SVK)
14:00 - [8] DOMINIKA CIBULKOVA (SVK) V KLARA ZAKOPALOVA (CZE)
15:30 - ANNA SCHMIEDLOVA (SVK) V [6] SLOANE STEPHENS (USA)
19:00 - [4] CAROLINE WOZNIACKI (DEN) V SHUAI PENG (CHN)
21:00 - URSZULA RADWANSKA (POL) V [3] PETRA KVITOVA (CZE)
GRANDSTAND
12:00 - CARLA SUAREZ NAVARRO (ESP) V [5] ROBERTA VINCI (ITA)
14:00 - BOJANA JOVANOVSKI (SRB) V JULIA GOERGES (GER)
15:00 - MONICA PUIG (PUR) V SU-WEI HSIEH (TPE)
17:00 - ALISON RISKE (USA) V STEFANIE VOEGELE (SUI)
COURT 1
12:00 - ANASTASIA PAVLYUCHENKOVA (RUS) V SORANA CIRSTEA (ROU)
14:00 - ELENA VESNINA (RUS) V AYUMI MORITA (JPN)
16:00 - EKATERINA MAKAROVA (RUS) V ALEKSANDRA WOZNIAK (CAN)
18:00 - KARIN KNAPP (ITA) V ELINA SVITOLINA (UKR)

Looks like I have my work cut out for me!
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RE: New Haven 2013: Open at Yale
We can't see the matches tonight, but if they are played - rain is bothering right now - we can hear a reporter from the matches on this link

Radio tennis
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RE: New Haven 2013: Open at Yale
The day in the life of a reporter and photographer, Kiu! I know the routine well. Enjoy yourself
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RE: New Haven 2013: Open at Yale
(13-Aug-2013 10:41 AM)Kiu Wrote:  PREVIOUS WINNERS

Year--Singles------Doubles
2012--Petra Kvitova------Liezel Huber / Lisa Raymond
2011--Caroline Wozniacki------Chia-Jung Chuang / Olga Govortsova
2010--Caroline Wozniacki------Kveta Peschke / Katarina Srebotnik
2009--Caroline Wozniacki------Nuria Llagostera Vives / Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez
2008--Caroline Wozniacki------Kveta Peschke / Lisa Raymond


- See more at: http://www.wtatennis.com/tournaments/tou...z0HRB.dpuf

Speaking of Sunshine....How the heck did she move up to No8

in the rankings?...something wrong wit da computer?
19-Aug-2013 11:23 PM
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RE: New Haven 2013: Open at Yale
(19-Aug-2013 11:23 PM)RJD11 Wrote:  Speaking of Sunshine....How the heck did she move up to No8

in the rankings?...something wrong wit da computer?

So is the WTA rankings system. It's based on the actual last 52 weeks and "best" 16 tournaments - well that would be ideal but 8 tournaments has to count (slams + 4 mandatory). That's why Caroline can stay in the top 10 as she's got a lousy 2012 with 5 point in US Open and Wimbledon. But after US Open she can loose it again if she doesn't manage as well as last year - where she won in Moscau and Seoul. You can follow the development in Notes & netcords on WTA's homepage - here is a link to the newest:

Notes & netcords

I can tell you that the US open is interesting because that tournament is 1 of 8 mandatory tournaments (slams + 4 mandatory events) which counts with the points you get. Here is a list of what each player in the top 10 will loose:

Serena 2000
Vika 1400
Masha 900
Aga 280
Errani 900
Li 160
Marion 500
Caro 5
Petra 280
Kerber 280

That's called to defend the points. That's the only thing I think could be made better, as there's no bonus for winning the same tournament back to back. Hope you get a little idea of how the points system is built up, and believe me it's complicatedSad

By the way New Haven Register is making articles about the games in New Haven and here's Caro's match:

Caro's match
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RE: New Haven 2013: Open at Yale
Kui, you and I should hangout on Sunday. I'm in Jersey and thinking of going to the tourney, if there are tickets left.
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