NEW HAVEN, CT, USA - Three-time champion Petra Kvitova is the first player to commit to the Connecticut Open in the week prior to this summer's US Open, Tournament Director Anne Worcester announced on Tuesday.
The Czech, whose trophies in New Haven in 2012, 2014 and 2015 make up part of her career total of 24, will be making her eighth career trip to the event.
Thus far this season, Kvitova boasts a tour-leading 30 match wins after lifting her third title at the WTA Premier Mandatory Mutua Madrid Open, and rising back up to World No.8 in the WTA rankings.
The Czech is currently riding an 11-match winning streak with a tour-best four titles, including title runs in Prague and Madrid to go along with trophies from St. Petersburg and Doha.
"The Connecticut Open is one of my favorite events in the summer so it feels great to have it confirmed on my calendar," said Kvitova.
"I have a special relationship with the tournament and always feel such strong support when I’m on the court there. Last year didn’t go so well so I’m hoping to bring back my best tennis this year."
The former World No.2 and two-time Wimbledon champion holds a 19-4 career record in New Haven.
"Petra has become part of the make-up of our tournament every summer," added Worcester. “She’s an absolute joy to have in our field and after the incredible start she has made in 2018, we couldn’t be more excited to announce her as our first player.
"She has shown such courage to get back to her best after an incredibly difficult 2017 and is playing some of the best tennis of her career. I’m sure our fans here in New Haven are looking forward to seeing her play once again.”
The event will again be held this summer at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale from August 17-25.