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WTA Diary: Friday, July 20, 2012

Catch up on all the WTA news from the past seven days, including a marathon win for Marion and a scoop on tennis' latest romance.

Published July 20, 2012 12:05

WTA Diary: Friday, July 20, 2012
Marion Bartoli

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.

Match
On Wednesday, Marion Bartoli overcame injury, a bout of service yips and Vania King to make the quarterfinals of the Mercury Insurance Open. Hot on the heels of Alexandra Cadantu and Alizé Cornet's marathon in Palermo last week, Bartoli and King produced another match short on service holds but high on drama, slugging it out for three hours and 10 minutes under the Californian sun.

Back and hip ailments, not to mention the 18 double faults, gave the French No.1 plenty to think about before she went all Harry Houdini and somehow turned a 4-2 third set deficit into a 64 57 64 victory.

Range Finder
Hawk-Eye has been in the news quite a bit lately. First, it was Sorana Cirstea's challenge-fest in Stanford, and now Coco Vandeweghe has taken to using it as a range finder.

After her 62 76(4) loss to Channelle Scheepers in Carlsbad, Vandeweghe admitted using all three of her challenges to gauge how far she was missing the lines.

"I didn't think they were in," Vandeweghe said. "I didn't need any challenges. I just needed that feeling of seeing where the ball was landing and how far I was missing in the court to help me get the range, because I wasn't feeling how far I was missing it."

All White On The Night
Wimbledon is synonymous with many things: the tradition, the green and purple livery, the rain and the regular run-ins between the fashion police and middle-class housewives dressed head to toe in red white and blue. However, the first of these is being discarded with willful abandon in one week's time as the Olympic Games come a-calling.

For nine days, the All-England Club's all-white clothing rule will give way to a rainbow invasion with players adorning their national colors as they go for gold. Not everyone is over the moon about this decision, though.

"It definitely will be weird playing in colors," five-time Wimbledon singles champion Serena Williams said. "Even when I'm playing on other grass courts I feel I should be playing in white. It's going to be a little bit of a sad moment for me."

Tweet Of The Week
You may have noticed that there are going to be a few notable absentees from the Olympic tennis tournament, including Andrea Petkovic, Kaia Kanepi and some Spanish guy.

Kanepi is out with a heel injury, but what's keeping Andrea and Rafael Nadal away? All has been revealed in the Twittersphere…

@andreapetkovic
Yeah, you're right guys. Me and Rafa going for vacation together hence the withdrawing from the Olympic games ‪#wishfulthinking

Date For Your Diary
Continuing with the Wimbledon theme, in 2015 there is going to be a seismic change to the tennis calendar. Yes, The All-England Club (or whoever it was digging their heels in the ground) has finally relented and agreed to move the tournament back a week, extending the grass court season and giving the players a little longer to make the adjustment from clay.

Capitaine Amélie
Former World No.1 and two-time Grand Slam champion Amélie Mauresmo has been appointed France's new Fed Cup captain. Mauresmo, an integral member of France's cup-winning team in 2003, replaces Nicolas Escudé and her first tie in charge will come against Germany next February.

Congratulations...
... go out to WTA legend Jennifer Capriati, who deservedly took her place in the International Tennis Hall Of Fame last weekend. Read what her peers had to say about it here.

Jennifer Capriati

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