| By New York Tennis Magazine Staff
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Tie Break Tens announced on Tuesday that it has added Daniela Hantuchová and Sorana Cirstea to the field of its inaugural United States tournament at the iconic Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, March 5.

They join a dynamic line-up, including Serena and Venus Williams, Elina Svitolina, CoCo Vandeweghe and Marion Bartoli, with just one contender yet to be unveiled.

“We’re delighted to welcome Daniela and Sorana to our first ever Tie Break Tens tournament in the U.S., which is set to be one of our most exciting competitions to date,” Tie Break Tens CEO Felicity Barnard said. “The fast-paced format makes for a thrilling evening of sporting entertainment, whether you’re a long-time tennis supporter or new to the sport. With such a great line-up of elite players, it will be a brilliant introduction to Tie Break Tens for American fans.” 

Tie Break Tens tournaments are held over one day and involve eight players competing in a knock-out format, with each match consisting of a super tie-break to ten points. Following successful tournaments in London, Vienna, Madrid and Melbourne, the Tie Break Tens all-women event will feature the tour’s top players competing for the $250,000 winner’s prize and the opportunity to raise a trophy at the iconic venue.

Daniela Hantuchová has won seven WTA tournaments, reaching a career high ranking of five in 2003 before retiring in 2017. The Slovakian star has reached the quarterfinals of Wimbledon and the US Open in 2002, and the Australian Open semifinals in 2008.

“I’m really excited to step back onto the court to join the action at Tie Break Tens,” said Hantuchová. “It’s a fast-paced tournament where anything can happen and I can’t wait to see who I will be drawn against. The crowds seem to love it and I know the fans at MSG will have a great.”

Sorana Cirstea is currently ranked No. 38 in the world has won one career WTA singles title. An accomplished doubles player, she has also won four WTA doubles titles.

“I’m thrilled to take part in my first Tie Break Tens tournament in one of my favorite cities,” said Cirstea. “It’s a really exciting format where anything can happen, and I’m sure the atmosphere in Madison Square Garden will be incredible!”