WTA Insider Courtney Nguyen | John McEnroe says he can beat Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka has a new hobby and WTA Rising Star Allie Kiick has been diagnosed with skin cancer.
WTA Staff

- You cannot be serious: John McEnroe told Jimmy Kimmel that he believes he could beat Serena Williams.

- Serena Williams tells Rachel Nichols of CNN that she plans to take a long vacation after the US Open if she's able to complete the Grand Slam.

"I'll just take a deep breath and disappear."

- Laura Robson lost 6-2, 7-5 to Ksenia Pervak in the first round of the 100K ITF in Vancouver on Wednesday. More on Robson's comeback at The Province.

"Every match gets better on balance and I've worked really hard since I've been playing again. The timing, which is just not there, was always so natural and that's what I find most frustrating, simply because it was always something that came to me so easily."

- Victoria Azarenka has never been much for reading, so she's giving audiobooks a try. She's listening to a book by Paolo Coelho this week.

- Courtesy of Serena Williams, here is the perfect response to anyone who keeps trying to pull you into the fray:

"I'm not involved in no drama. My drama days is over. But if you want to spill the tea, I'm ready to hear."

- Simona Halep can rise to No.2 by making the final in Cincinnati this week, but she told WTA Insider she actually has no clue about the scenarios. She just wants to get a few matches in and take it a day at a time. She's still recovering from fatigue.

- Andrea Petkovic was over the moon after finally getting her first win over Camila Giorgi in four attempts, beating the Italian, 5-7, 6-3, 6-3, to advance to the third round in Cincinnati. It was the best she's played so far in the summer hardcourt season.

"I'm so happy I cannot even explain it. The thing that happened to me when I play her, every time I play her I tell myself you have to stay calm, she plays against physics and that's okay. After two games I get totally nuts. She plays amazing. It's so extreme. I just get occupied with watching her and being amazed by how hard and how fast she is and how explosive her muscles are that I forget to play. I get so panicked and so stressed out and that's what happened to me in the last three matches. I didn't just lose, I lost 6-2, 6-0 twice. Today I was able to stay calm throughout the match."

- Petkovic says the knee injury she sustained in her previous match was her fibula pinching a ligament. Relying on pain killers to get through the matches.

- It was a late night in Cincinnati on Wednesday due to a late rain delay, but some players were lucky enough to get their matches done before the storm came.

- Our thoughts go out to Allie Kiick, who has been forced to step away from tennis after being diagnosed with skin cancer.