Women's Tennis Blog is back from summer vacation! Glad to be back with you and tennis. Thanks for all your emails and comments of support, it's nice to know you've been missed. Before proceeding with regular reports from the world of women's tennis I would like to take a very quick look on the ten days behind us.
The biggest news was Serena Williams' Stanford title. In only her third tournament after a year-long absence Serena won a Permier-level event beating Maria Sharapova 6-1 6-3, Sabine Lisicki 6-1 6-2 and in the final Marion Bartoli 7-5 6-1. The victory saw Serena rise in the rankings from No.169 to No.79. Serena has once again proved her undeniable quality and silenced much of the tennis world!
Elsewhere, Nadia Petrova won inaugural Citi Open by beating top seed Shahar Peer in the final 7-5 6-2. The Russian entered the tournament as a wildcard and was seeded second. It's her tenth career title and first since 2008.
There was another new tournament taking place recently – the Baku Cup in Azerbaijan. Top seed Vera Zvonareva was victorious there, beating Ksenia Pervak 6-1 6-4 in the final.
As for off-court events, Argentina's Gisela Dulko married Real Madrid soccer player Fernando Gago.
Now let's move on to the fresher news. Dinara Safina has announced on her official website that she will not play competitive tennis at least for the rest of the year. Her back injury is still not allowing her to think about a comeback. We can't say it's a big surprise.
Bojana Jovanovski, thank you for making us laugh today! Thanks to her agent, the Serbian tennis star ended up in wrong Carlsbad in the USA. She headed off to Carlsbad, California, to play the Mercury Insurance Open, but instead flew to Carlsbad, New Mexico, 900 miles (1,500 km away). After spending a night in the lonely desert town she flew to California in the morning and arrived only half an hour before her first-round match against Roberta Vinci. Jovanovski lost 3-6 6-4 6-1. (photos via Yahoo and our reader Tony)