NEW HAVEN, CT, USA - Since the tennis world moved stateside at the end of July, the headlines have been dominated by the return to winning ways of three of its most celebrated names. However, the successes of Agnieszka Radwanska and Venus Williams in Montréal and Serena Williams in Stanford has resulted in the revival of another familiar face largely slipping under the radar.
Caroline Wozniacki has quietly been playing herself back into form, building on a positive grass court season with victory in Istanbul and confidence-boosting runs in Montréal and Cincinnati.
Next stop for Wozniacki as she finalizes her preparations for New York is the Connecticut Open, a tournament that has brought her more success than any other; in six visits to Yale University's Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center, the Dane has walked away with the title four times and she is understandably excited about her return.
"I love coming back," Wozniacki said. "It helps whenever you've played well in the past. I love that it's on the Yale campus. I like the atmosphere, love how the players get so well taken care of. And it's a great way for me to prepare for the US Open."
The tournament represents the last opportunity for match practice ahead of the US Open and Wozniacki will be joined in the draw by nine of her fellow Top 20 members, including Petra Kvitova and WTA Rising Stars Simona Halep and Eugenie Bouchard, all of whom could benefit from a few extra hardcourt matches under their belt.
Halep, who lifted the trophy 12 months ago, has played sparingly since winning Budapest in early July, while 2012 champion Kvitova and Bouchard have suffered early exits in their only tune-up events. The other four seeds are Dominika Cibulkova, Flavia Pennetta, Sara Errani and Carla Suárez Navarro.