NEW HAVEN – The New Haven Open Presented by First Niagara announced today that two more top-10 tennis players will be coming to Connecticut this summer. Sara Errani, who burst on the scene last week when she reached the finals of the French Open—in the process cracking the Top 10 for the first time in her career—joins No. 8 Marion Bartoli of France in the growing field in the world's top U.S. Open tune-up event in women's tennis.
Sara Errani of Italy, who recently advanced to the French Open women's singles finals where she was defeated by Maria Sharapova, will be be making her sixth appearance in New Haven this August.
Errani has had a spectacular 2012, having notched three WTA titles in her belt. She has also had a fair degree of Grand Slam success, reaching the quarterfinals of the Australian Open in addition to her aforementioned success at Roland Garros last week. The No. 10-ranked Italian also picked up her first-ever Grand Slam title in Paris, winning the French Open's women's doubles championship with fellow countryman Roberta Vinci of Italy. After starting the year ranked outside the Top 40, the petite 25-year-old Errani has skyrocketed into the Pantheon of women's tennis in remarkably short order. She is currently the only WTA player to be ranked in the Top 10 in both singles and doubles. This will be Errani's sixth appearance in New Haven, where she reached the round of 16 in 2008 and 2010.
Bartoli, who beat then-world No. 1 Justine Henin to reach the women's finals at Wimbledon in 2007, is fresh off a huge WTA win in Miami, where she handed then-world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus her first loss of the 2012 season. Bartoli reached a career-high No. 7 this January, and has remained among the Top 8 ever since. This will be the eighth time in Connecticut for the 27-year-old Frenchwoman, who has a career 10-8 record in singles play in the Elm City.
The addition of Errani and Bartoli brings the total of Top 10 players to four—a field that includes four-time defending champion and world No. 7 Caroline Wozniacki and world No. 3 Agniesza Radwanska. Last year, Wozniacki vaulted to No. 1 in the world after her victory in the Elm City. Crowd favorite Christina McHale, the 20-year-old from New Jersey who reached a career-high ranking of No. 29 after her third round appearance at Roland Garros, will also compete in New Haven.
“We are delighted to add two more top-10 players to the New Haven Open field—especially this far in advance of the entry deadline,” said Tournament Director Anne Worcester. “Fresh off the French Open final, Sara has had a terrific 2012, and Marion is always a fierce competitor. We are excited to see what they will do in New Haven in August.”
Daily tickets for the 2012 New Haven Open Presented by Niagara are now on sale. For a limited time only, fans can purchase one box ring or middle tier seat and get a second ticket at no additional cost by entering the promotion code BOGO when purchasing online (www.newhavenopen.com) or by phone (1-855-464-8366).