Richard Messina, Hartford Courant
August 17, 2012
Qualifying play took place Friday at the New Haven Open at Yale at the Connecticut Tennis Center in New Haven. Eva Birnerova returns a volley in her match against Melanie Oudin in the first round of qualifying play. Birnerova retired after about 15 minutes due to heat illness. To make it to the main draw on Sunday, qualifiers have to win three matches without a loss.