Defending champion Daria Gavrilova is in action on the first day of the Connecticut Open. Scroll down for full order of play.
Alex Macpherson
August 19, 2018

MATCH POINTS

Last year, Daria Gavrilova captured her maiden title in New Haven. This year, the Australian kicks off her defence against Irina-Camelia Begu - whom she has not beaten in two attempts. The Romanian was victorious 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 in the first round of the 2013 Nanjing 125K event and again 7-6(6), 6-1 in the first round of Wimbledon 2015.

Wildcard CoCo Vandeweghe is bidding to snap a four-match losing streak stretching back to 's-Hertogenbosch in June. The American is yet to win a set in three previous encounters with Magdalena Rybarikova - two on grass and one on clay; indeed, she has never won more than three games in any set she has played against the Slovak.

Last year's runner-up Dominika Cibulkova reprises her Roland Garros first round against Julia Goerges. The German took that match 6-4, 5-7, 6-0 to level the head-to-head at 1-1, having previously lost to Cibulkova at Wimbledon 2011.

Carla Suárez Navarro dominates her head-to-head against Barbora Strycova, leading the Czech 7-1 overall in a rivalry stretching back a decade - but today will mark their first encounter on hard courts. The pair first played in the first round of Palermo in 2008, which the Spaniard won 7-5, 7-6(2), and most recently in the first round of Madrid this year, which she took 6-3, 6-3. All of Suárez Navarro's wins have been in straight sets, including a double bagel victory in Oeiras in 2014; Strycova's sole victory was a 6-4, 7-5 win in the second round of Acapulco in 2009.

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ORDER OF PLAY (all courts start 11am)

STADIUM
Magdalena RYBARIKOVA (SVK) vs [WC] CoCo VANDEWEGHE (USA) 
Dominika CIBULKOVA (SVK) vs Julia GOERGES (GER) [5]
Barbora STRYCOVA (CZE) [8] vs Carla SUÁREZ NAVARRO (ESP) 
Irina-Camelia BEGU (ROU) vs Daria GAVRILOVA (AUS) [9]

SPORTMASTER GRANDSTAND
Qualifying - Rebecca PETERSON (SWE) vs Sofia KENIN (USA) to finish 56
Qualifying - Margarita GASPARYAN (RUS) vs Monica PUIG (PUR) 
Qualifying - Rebecca PETERSON (SWE) or Sofia KENIN (USA) vs Ana BOGDAN (ROU) 
Alicja ROSOLSKA (POL) / Abigail SPEARS (USA) vs Raquel ATAWO (USA) / Anna-Lena GROENEFELD (GER) 
Darija JURAK (CRO) / Raluca OLARU (ROU) vs Dalila JAKUPOVIC (SLO) / Renata VORACOVA (CZE)

COURT 1
Qualifying - Kirsten FLIPKENS (BEL) [6] vs Tamara ZIDANSEK (SLO) to finish 36 24
Qualifying - Belinda BENCIC (SUI) [5] vs Dayana YASTREMSKA (UKR) 
Qualifying - Kirsten FLIPKENS (BEL) [6] or Tamara ZIDANSEK (SLO) vs Zarina DIYAS (KAZ)

COURT 2
Qualifying - Camila GIORGI (ITA) [3] vs Samantha STOSUR (AUS) 
Qualifying - Aliaksandra SASNOVICH (BLR) [1] vs Pauline PARMENTIER (FRA)