Qualifying play took place Friday at the New Haven Open at Yale at the Connecticut Tennis Center in New Haven. Melanie Oudin returns a volley in her match against Eva Birnerova in the first round of qualifying play. Birnerova retired after about 15 minutes due to heat illness to advance Oudin. To make it to the main draw on Sunday, qualifiers have to win three matches without a loss.
Richard Messina, Hartford Courant