NEW HAVEN, CT, USA - Two-time Grand Slam singles finalist and former World No.2 Vera Zvonareva will receive a wild card into the qualifying draw in her first WTA-level appearance since 2015. Talented Americans Kayla Day and Sofia Kenin also received wild cards with the final announcements coming on Thursday.

Zvonareva, who married and gave birth to her first child last summer, first appeared on entry lists at ITF Circuit tournaments as early as March of this year, but played her first tournament a month later, winning her first tournament of any kind since 2012 at Sharm El Sheikh in July.

Besides starting a family, the Russian pursued education, earning a third master's degree in Global Studies & Political Science through a previous agreement between Northeastern University and the Women’s Tennis Benefits Association.

The Connecticut Open presented by United Technologies already boasts an impressive field, with former champions Petra Kvitova and Agnieszka Radwanska set to return alongside the likes of Dominika Cibulkova, Elena Vesnina, and Kristina Mladenovic.