With the U.S. Open heading into the second week nearby in New York, a strong contingent of players will look to raise a trophy of their own in New Haven by week’s end. With Americans Lauren Davis – who received a wild card into the event – and Jennifer Brady headlining the field, there will be no shortage of tough match-ups at the Yale Tennis Center.
No. 3 seed Davis, who is coming off a hard-fought loss to World No. 2 Ash Barty in New York earlier this week, was awarded a wild card into the event. A finalist in Houston last November and semifinalist in Newport Beach earlier this year, Davis earned one of the two wild cards into the 2019 BNP Paribas Open awarded to the top finishers on the Road to Indian Wells leaderboard.
Brady, the tournament No. 2 overall seed, will make her second appearance at the Oracle Challenger Series after clinching a final berth at the 2018-2019 Series finale at Indian Wells. Brady has also accumulated a semifinal appearance at Nottingham earlier this year and is coming off a tough three-set defeat at the US Open against Aliaksandra Sasnovich.
Brady will be challenged in the lower half of the draw by a mix of young talent and resurgent veterans. After a 1R bye, Brady will get the winner of Quinn Gleason and Momoko Kobori. A potential matchup with 17-year-old American Whitney Osuigwe, the 2019 Australian Open wild card winner, looms in 3R. Former Top 25 player and No. 12 seed Christina McHale, 20-year-old Russian Anna Blinkova and returning American Nicole Gibbs round out the lower half.
Other notable competitors include No. 1 overall seed Margarita Gasparyan, who recorded a 1R win over Priscilla Hon at the US Open last week; No. 4 seeded German Tatjana Maria; 2019 Oracle US Tennis Award winner and No. 16 seed Francesca Di Lorenzo; three-time WTA title winner, former British No. 1, and No. 11 seed Heather Watson; and Romanian doubles specialist and No. 13 seed Monica Niculescu.
Yale sophomore Samantha Martinelli was awarded a main draw wild card into the event, and will take on Challenger Series veteran Jamie Loeb in the first round.
Americans Haley Giavara, who also received a wild card into the Oracle Challenger Series Newport Beach earlier this year; and Yale freshman Chelsea Kung, 2018’s No. 1 ranked women’s high school senior recruit in the nation, received wild cards into the women’s qualifying draw.