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Top tennis stars return to Connecticut Open

Petra Kvitova takes second Connecticut Open title in 3 years.
Petra Kvitova takes second Connecticut Open title in 3 years.
Bill Harper / CT Sports Photography Examiner.com

One of Connecticut's top sporting events was back again this past weekend, and with it a new name. The former New Haven Open is now called the Connecticut Open and owned by the state of Connecticut. This years tournament brought some of the top female WTA stars in tennis such as Caroline Wozniacki, Simona Halep and Petra Kvitova. It also brought with it some former male tennis stars for two Legends nights. Two-time Connecticut Open winner and Fairfield native James Blake took on former World Number 1's Jim Courier and Andy Roddick. Both legends nights were a big hit and definitely helped bring in the crowds. Attendance for the Open was up over 1,000 since last year.

Kvitova slams one back
Kvitova slams one back
Bill Harper CT Sports Photography Examiner

Last years tournament winner Simona Halep did not advance past the first round and neither did 4 time Connecticut Open winner Caroline Wozniacki. Ann Worchester the tournament director admitted the attendance may have been even better for the finals if either player had made it.

In the finals, world No. 4 Petra Kvitova took on Magdalena Rybarikova defeating her 6-4, 6-2. Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon Champion becomes the third player to win multiple titles in New Haven, along with four-time victors Venus Williams (1999-2002) and Caroline Wozniacki (2008-2011).

This years tournament had some big changes that made for a great week of tennis. Hopefully the attendance will pick up in the coming years as its a very good event for the state of Connecticut and helps out a lot of local charities.

View slideshow for all the action shots from the tournament.