NEW HAVEN, CT, USA - New doubles duo Sloane Stephens and Eugenie Bouchard have picked up a wildcard for the Connecticut Open, which begins on August 18.
The pair teamed up for the first time at the Citi Open in Stanford last week, and finished as runners-up, losing to Shuko Aoyama and Renata Voracova, 6-3, 6-2.
Both will also receive wildcards into the singles draw.
On the singles side, Citi Open champion Ekaterina Makarova and runner-up Julia Goerges will headline the qualifying draw, along with Wimbledon semi-finalist Magdalena Rybarikova.
Anastasija Sevastova, Katerina Siniakova, and Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania are also looking to reach the main draw, along with Americans Shelby Rogers, Christina McHale and Varvara Lepchenko, and teenagers Naomi Osaka and Marketa Vondrousova.
“Our qualifying draw is full of exciting players who have proven themselves on the biggest stages in tennis and future stars who are breaking through,” said tournament director Anne Worcester. “Rybarikova, Makarova and Sevastova are all playing some of the best tennis of their careers while Vondrousova and Osaka are the new kids on the block. The top of women’s tennis is so competitive right now and the strength in depth of our qualifying draw proves that.”