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WTA Diary: Friday, April 13, 2012

Catch up on all the WTA news from the past seven days, including Serena's 40th title and a kick about with the Barça boys.

Published April 13, 2012 12:00

WTA Diary: Friday, April 13, 2012
Kaia Kanepi

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.

Big serving is boring, right? Wrong. At the e-Boks Open on Wednesday two of the WTA's fastest servers duked it out in what transpired to be one of the year's most enthralling battles. And after two and a half hours it was Kaia Kanepi who had her hands raised, eking out a 75 46 76(2) win over Hungarian teenager Timea Babos.

Timea Who?
Want to find out more about Miss Babos. Then look no further.

Guess Who's Back?
Serena Jameka Williams, that's who. Last week Serena dished out a withering put down to those suggesting her best days were behind her by Serena Williams' win over Lucie Safarova storming to the 40th singles title of her career in Charleston. And storm really is the only word for it - Serena dropped a measly three games thrashing Samantha Stosur in the semis and then Lucie Safarova in the final. European clay court season, you have been warned.

The Beautiful Game
As if spending a week in one of Europe's coolest cities, playing a sport you love wasn't enough, three players at this week's Barcelona Ladies Open also got to spend some time training with the stars of the mighty FC Barcelona. It's a hard life for some, eh?

@sorana_cirstea (Sorana Cirstea)
I have a surprise for everyone :D i just met the players from FC Barcelona. Here is a pic with Messi ;) http://yfrog.com/nvub1dyj

@Cibulkova (Dominika Cibulkova)
Today in Barcelona we even practiced with Messi! :-) http://say.ly/Bbx1IHR

@juliagoerges (Julia Goerges)
Here is a pic today from our visit today at the practice of FC Barcelona http://pic.twitter.com/KxticJIp

Fed Cup Update
There have been updates galore ahead of next week's Fed Cup ties. Serena and Kvitova are in, while Venus, Clijsters and Wickmayer are out. But the best news of the lot is that Andrea Petkovic will make her return to action after three months out with a back injury in Germany's World Group play-off with Australia.

Pressure? What Pressure?
British tennis players are just like London buses? None show up for ages and then two turn up all at once. For much of the last 10 years Elena Baltacha and Anne Keothavong have been proudly flying the flag for Great Britain. Now they have some company in the shape of Heather Watson and Laura Robson. And judging by their comments this week, these are two cool customers unlikely to be weighed down by the weight of expectation.

"I've never really paid any attention to the pressure," Robson said. "Otherwise I'd have the biggest ego ever!"

"It's tough to make that transition from juniors," Watson added. "Not a lot of people can do it. But I think Laura and I have both made it well."

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