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WTA Diary: Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Catch up on all the WTA news from the past seven days, including Li's new coaching setup and the return of the Petko dance.

Published August 22, 2012 04:07

WTA Diary: Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Li Na

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.

Team
Carlos Rodriguez certainly has the winning touch. Four days after starting work as Li Na's new coach, the Spaniard, who spent 13 silverware-filled years alongside Justine Henin, saw his new charge end a 14-month title drought in Cincinnati.

Not bad for the first week in the job. Next stop New York.

Venus Rising
Li may have taken the silverware in Cincinnati, but she wasn't the only player impressing ahead of the US Open. Venus Williams, a two-time champion in New York, left a trail of seeds in her wake as she blazed a path to the semifinals before running out of gas against Li.

Strong Cast
What do Donald Trump, Sir Richard Branson, Aretha Franklin and Rory McIlroy have in common? Answer: they are all part of the WTA's new Strong Is Beautiful Celebrity Campaign.

‏Here's what Rory and Richard had to say about the experience on Twitter:

@McIlroyRory
Had good time shooting the new @WTA #StrongIsBeautiful campaign with @CaroWozniacki Check it out - it was fun!

@richardbranson
Loved shooting new @WTA campaign, been brushing up on my serve & volley but am no match for Li Na!

Doubles Update
You may have noticed in recent weeks that one of the WTA's most successful doubles teams in recent years, Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik, is no longer. After a mixed first half of the year, the pair decided to go their separate ways, and Srebotnik revealed the reasoning behind the decision in her New Haven blog.

The change of partner doesn't seem to have affected Katarina too much, though - last week she finished runner-up alongside Zheng Jie in Cincinnati, losing to the WTA's form team, Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka.

Welcome Back
This week's New Haven Open at Yale has seen a familiar face make a welcome return to the court. After spending most of 2012 on the treatment table with back and ankle injuries, Andrea Petkovic is back.

Petkovic marked her comeback with a tough three set win over Timea Babos, before busting out a few of her trademark moves.

"I was really emotional after the match," Petkovic said. "When I was out with my back and won my first match back in Stuttgart it was nice, but this time I've gone through more. And I broke into a little Petko dance! It was fun to do the Petko dance again. Sometimes in the past I felt a little obliged to do it, but this time it really came from inside."

Andrea Petkovic

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