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CITI OPENSM WOMEN’S PLAYER FIELD BOASTS
WTA’S BEST YOUNG STARS
Stephens, Cirstea, Halep, Keys, Watson, McHale, Bouchard, and Townsend Among Top Participants
WASHINGTON—June 26, 2013—Many of the world’s top young female tennis stars have committed to play in this year’s Citi OpenSM, the nation’s capital tennis tradition.
Sloane Stephens, Sorana Cirstea, Simona Halep, Madison Keys, Heather Watson, Christina McHale, Eugenie Bouchard, and Taylor Townsend, all age 23 and under, are part of the outstanding Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) player field competing for the Citi Open title. The world-class tournament will be held on July 27-August 4 at the William H.G. Fitzgerald Tennis Center in Rock Creek Park.
The group of rising American stars is headlined by 20-year-old Stephens, currently ranked No. 17 and the second highest ranked American on the WTA Tour. She returns to the Washington hard courts for a second year in a row, after reaching the semifinals at the tournament last year. Keys, 18, ranked No. 53, is making her first appearance in Washington after making her top 100 debut just earlier this year. McHale, 21, who is also making her Washington debut this year, has defeated a number of Grand Slam champions and top ten players. She currently ranks No. 70. Townsend, 17, finished 2012 as the top-ranked junior in the world and received the International Tennis Federation’s (ITF) Junior World Champion award in June 2013.
At No. 66, 19-year-old Bouchard is Canada’s highest ranked female singles player. This week, she clinched the biggest victory of her career when she defeated world No. 12 Ana Ivanovic in straight sets to reach the third round of Wimbledon. She will make her third appearance in Washington this summer—last year, she reached the quarterfinals.
Cirstea, 23, and Halep, 21, are the top two Romanians in the WTA rankings. Cirstea, ranked No. 23 after reaching the 3rd round of the French Open and Australian Open this year, holds one career singles title and four career doubles titles. Halep won back-to-back WTA titles in the last two weeks—her first two titles on the WTA Tour. She currently ranks No. 32. Both women will compete in Washington for the first time.
Watson, 21, is the United Kingdom’s second highest ranked female singles player at No. 56. Last year, she won her first WTA singles title at the Japan Open and also collected two doubles titles.
The Citi Open is one of only 11 elite ATP World Tour 500-level events worldwide and the only one held in the United States. The event is also part of the prestigious Emirates Airline US Open Series, the five-week summer tennis season that links nine North American hard-court tournaments to the final Grand Slam of the year, the US Open. In addition, the Citi Open features a WTA International Tournament which provides fans the opportunity to watch simultaneous competitions of both world-class men’s and women’s tennis throughout the nine-day event. The tournament features 48 men’s singles players and 16 doubles teams, 32 women’s singles players and 16 doubles teams, and offers nearly $2 million in player compensation.
The tournament’s owner and beneficiary, the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation (WTEF), provides underserved children in the D.C. area a safe environment to learn critical life skills both on and off the courts through academic and athletic enrichment.
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The Washington Tennis & Education Foundation (WTEF) is a premier educational and tennis organization for underserved children in Washington, D.C. The mission of WTEF is to improve the life prospects of low-income, underserved children and youth in the District of Columbia through athletic and academic enrichment. We seek to keep children off city streets during out-of-school time in a safe environment they can trust. We also engage them in productive activities that teach discipline, build confidence, improve school performance, and encourage a healthy lifestyle. We empower our students to achieve their highest potential by helping them develop meaningful values and critical life skills that will lead them to make constructive life choices. WTEF builds life champions.
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