Photos: Connecticut Open Tennis – Day 9.

"Andreja Klepac and Silvia Soler-Espinosa celebrate after winning the doubles finals against  Marina Erakovic and Arantxa Parra Santonja on day nine of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Saturday, August 23, 2014."

“Andreja Klepac and Silvia Soler-Espinosa celebrate after winning the doubles finals against Marina Erakovic and Arantxa Parra Santonja on day nine of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Saturday, August 23, 2014.”

"Andreja Klepac and Silvia Soler-Espinosa pose for a photograph with the trophies during a ceremony after the doubles final against Marina Erakovic and Arantxa Parra Santonja on day nine of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Saturday, August 23, 2014."

“Andreja Klepac and Silvia Soler-Espinosa pose for a photograph with the trophies during a ceremony after the doubles final against Marina Erakovic and Arantxa Parra Santonja on day nine of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Saturday, August 23, 2014.”

"The Connecticut Open Singles Champion trophy is shown on day nine of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Saturday, August 23, 2014."

“The Connecticut Open Singles Champion trophy is shown on day nine of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Saturday, August 23, 2014.”

"Petra Kvitova walks out of the the tunnel before being introduced during the singles final on day nine of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Saturday, August 23, 2014."

“Petra Kvitova walks out of the the tunnel before being introduced during the singles final on day nine of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Saturday, August 23, 2014.”

"Petra Kvitova serves during the singles final against Magdalena Rybarikova on day nine of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Saturday, August 23, 2014."

“Petra Kvitova serves during the singles final against Magdalena Rybarikova on day nine of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Saturday, August 23, 2014.”

"Petra Kvitova reacts after match point to win the singles final against Magdalena Rybarikova on day nine of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Saturday, August 23, 2014."

“Petra Kvitova reacts after match point to win the singles final against Magdalena Rybarikova on day nine of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Saturday, August 23, 2014.”

"Petra Kvitova and Magdalena Rybarikova kiss at net after the singles final on day nine of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Saturday, August 23, 2014."

“Petra Kvitova and Magdalena Rybarikova kiss at net after the singles final on day nine of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Saturday, August 23, 2014.”

"Petra Kvitova hugs coach David Kotyza after match point to win the singles final against Magdalena Rybarikova on day nine of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Saturday, August 23, 2014."

“Petra Kvitova hugs coach David Kotyza after match point to win the singles final against Magdalena Rybarikova on day nine of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Saturday, August 23, 2014.”

"Singles Champion Petra Kvitova kisses the champion's trophy during a ceremony following the Singles Final on day nine of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Saturday, August 23, 2014."

“Singles Champion Petra Kvitova kisses the champion’s trophy during a ceremony following the Singles Final on day nine of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Saturday, August 23, 2014.”

Here are the last images of an exciting week of tennis at the Connecticut Open at Yale University. Petra Kvitova continued her domination in New Haven, winning her second title in three finals appearances here. 

It’s always interesting to think about these tournaments after they’re complete. Each one has it’s own personality, quirks, and characters, and they’re all so different from each other. This one has a small tournament feel but with the star power and excitement of a bigger tournament, which I think is quite a nice balance. 

From a photo standpoint, it was essentially nonstop shooting for me over the last nine days. By now, I’ve learned that as the official tournament photographer, success is just as much about time management and good planning each day as it is about taking good pictures. It’s a responsibility that can be hectic at times, but one that I enjoy immensely. 

As usual, the experience is only as good as the people you work with, and I’m grateful to have such great people to partner with. Our web and digital team of Matt Van Tuinen, Stephen Villatoro, Nick McCarvel, Lauren Foley, and Craig Gabriel is among the best in the business. I’m also thankful to tournament director Anne Worcester and the rest of the tournament staff for their efforts and for giving me the opportunity to shoot. 

Now I’m back in Boston to finish out the 2014 Red Sox season. It goes on!

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