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WTA Diary: Friday, May 18, 2012

Catch up on all the WTA news from the past seven days, including Cetkovska's breakthrough win and Serena's rapping skills.

Published May 18, 2012 02:00

WTA Diary: Friday, May 18, 2012
Petra Cetkovska

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 this week's WTA Diary.

Upset
Having played two thrilling three-setters last year, we should have know better than to expect anything other than drama when Agnieszka Radwanska and Petra Cetkovska met in Rome.

And their second round encounter certainly did not disappoint, Cetkovska casting a spell over the WTA's resident magician to become just the second player to defeat Radwanska in 2012. Catch the best bits of the Czech's 64 46 61 triumph right here.

Eternal Images
Rome is one of the world's most picturesque cities, so it's no surprise that the Foro Italico, venue for the Internazionali BNL d'Italia, is one of the WTA's most photogenic stop-offs. Not convinced? Just check out the shots from our two Rome galleries, including one rather emotional competition winner.

Sister Act
It has been a good week for the Williams sisters in the eternal city. Serena has continued her scintillating spring form to extend her unbeaten run on the dirt (of the red, green and blue variety) to 17 matches, while Venus' equally impressive run to the last eight - which included a win over No.5 seed Samantha Stosur - sees her edge ever closer to the Top 50.

Express Yourself
Serena's got skills. Of that we already know. What we didn't know is that they extend to the recording studio. Well, she is Straight Outta Compton, after all!

On The Road Again
Fancy hosting one of the most prestigious events on the tennis calendar? Well, if you're in the position to table a bid from an internationally renowned city, then it's your lucky day, because the WTA Championships is looking for a new home. On Wednesday search for a successor to Istanbul began, with the launch of the tender for the 2014 Champs and beyond.

The American Dream
Varvara Lepchenko's journey from bashing balls against a wall at her local tennis club in Tashkent to the quarterfinals of to Mutua Madrid Open has been an eventful one. And last week wtatennis.com caught up with the straight-talking, piano-loving American No.4 to find out all about it.

Tweet Of The Week
@Varunchik1 (Varvara Lepchenko)
That awkward moment when someone asks you what's wrong, and they are the problem lol

Told you she was straight-talking.

Quote Of The Week
Maria Sharapova is a hero to millions (just look at her number of Facebook followers) and judging by her comments in the build up to Rome it's easy to see why.

"The good thing is that I am pretty humble and a lot of things that make me happy and they don't necessarily have to be big - there are a lot of small things in my life that make me passionate," Sharapova said. "I don't take no for an answer and I keep going and fighting for what I believe is right."

Maria Sharapova

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