Caroline Wozniacki wants to start the second half of the season in a very different way than how she ended the first part, losing to the Russian Ekaterina Makarova in the Wimbledon second round. At Washington's Citi Open, the world no.
2 is the highest seeded player and will open her campaign against the winner between Katie Swan and Saisai Zheng. In the quarter-finals Wozniacki would face Aleksandra Krunic, then Naomi Osaka or Donna Vekic in the semi-finals.
The Croatian had a good Wimbledon run, reaching the fourth round where she lost to the German Julia Goerges. Osaka instead won her first WTA career-title in March at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. In the bottom half, the second seed and world no.
4 Sloane Stephens, the 2015 winner, plays her first match against the wild card player Bethanie Mattek-Sands. In the second round Stephens would meet Jamie Loeb or Andrea Petkovic, then the sixth seed Belinda Bencic in the quarters.
In the semis, Stephens is set to face Yulia Putintseva or the defending champion Makarova. In last year's final, the Russian defeated Goerges 3-6, 7-6(2), 6-0. Also another Russian, the 2014 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova, will play.
Keely O'Brien, Tournament Director, analyzed both men's and women's fields: 'This field delivers on a long-standing legacy of tennis greats competing in Washington. With six of our past champions, six Top 10 players, Grand Slam Champions, Former World No. 1's, and notable rising stars. We are in for a thrilling week.' Here below full draw