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WTA Diary: Friday, March 9, 2012

Catch up on all the WTA news from the past seven days, including Sloane Stephens' gut check and Timea Bacsinszky's comeback.

Published March 09, 2012 11:28

WTA Diary: Friday, March 9, 2012
Sloane Stephens

Every week there's a lot happening on the WTA - on the court, off the court, by the numbers, even a few tweets... catch up on it all in the WTA Diary.

Match
American teenager Sloane Stephens seems to have it all, strokes, shotmaking, athleticism and charisma. And in her nerve-fraying first round match with Aleksandra Wozniak at the BNP Paribas Open she displayed a quality just as essential as any of the above in the DNA of any tennis player: guts. The 18-year-old saved a match point and overcame 11 double faults to edge past former World No.21 Wozniak, 46 75 76(7).

Check out pictures from Stephens' dramatic win and lots more first week action in our Indian Wells gallery.

On A Roll
Apparently there is a win streak on the line in Indian Wells. A run spanning three tournaments, over two continents, that has set tongues wagging. That's right, Liezel Huber, Lisa Raymond and their 11-match win streak are the talk of the tour at the moment. And after taking titles in Paris, Doha and Dubai they are going for four in a row in the Sunshine State.

Patriot Games
The Olympic dream is proving to be a highly successful motivational tool in 2012. First it was Victoria Azarenka and her Golden Slam, now Hsieh Su-Wei. At the start of February, Hsieh told wtatennis.com she was desperate to improve her ranking so she could represent Chinese Taipei at London 2012. A few highly successful weeks later and the 26-year-old is back inside the Top 100 after picking up her first career title in Kuala Lumpur.

Winners Never Quit And Quitters Never Win
Last year, prior to undergoing a potentially career-saving operation, Timea Bacsinszky was told there was just a 30% chance she would ever make it back onto a tennis court again. Ten months later, she has taken the latest step on the road back to the top by defeating Anne Keothavong in Indian Wells for her first win since returning to action.

Quote Of The Week
Caroline Wozniacki doesn't lose a lot. And she doesn't like to lose. But the World No.4 knows that sometimes you have to take one step back before you can take two forward.

"It's not easy to lose and I hate to lose and I don't know anything worse than losing," Wozniacki said. "It's tough because you know you have to break the barrier, but if you know the door is open and you just need to put your foot inside the door, it's worth taking that risk.

"I'm the kind of player who can take risks in a match… but you need to get there step by step and it's all about timing, belief and getting matches under your belt and getting important points that make decision as to whether you win or lose."

Tennis Returns To The Garden
Talking of Caroline, the popular Dane was centre stage on Monday as one of the world's most iconic sporting arenas welcomed back women's tennis. In front of a capacity crowd at Madison Square Garden, Caroline and her fellow Top 10 star Maria Sharapova played two hijink-filled sets of exhibition tennis, featuring forehands, backhands, dancing and Rory McIlroy.

International Women's Day
This Thursday was International Women's Day and the WTA was out in force on Twitter to celebrate.

@sorana_cirstea (Sorana Cirstea)
Happy Women's Day!!?? Hope all the guys around the world can step it up with some nice presents for my ladies today :) !!!! X SORI
@ElenaBaltacha (Elena Baltacha)
To all the ladies out there...Happy Women's Day!! have a fab day :) xx
@CaroWozniacki (Caroline Wozniacki)
Happy International Women's Day everybody!! :)

Rory McIlroy, Caroline Wozniacki

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