Down 1-4 in the third set during the second round at Wimbledon, Petra Cetkovska found a way to beat Agnieszka Radwanska, who had been only two points away from a victory in the second set. She beat her again in New Haven, and she beat her again today in Rome. (She also beat her many years ago in an ITF match.) The "other Petra" from the Czech Republic defeated Radwanska 6-4., 4-6, 6-1. "I like to play with her," Cetkovska said of Radwanska. "She plays really intelligently."
Radwanska is going to play in Brussels. In the meantime, she's giving her hurting back a rest.
World number 1 Victoria Azarenka gave Dominika Cibulkova a walkover in the third round because of a right shoulder injury. Caroline Wozniacki had to retire against Anabel Medina Garrigues in the second round because of an upper respiratory infection.
5th seed Sam Stosur gave Sara Errani another loss on clay, and Serena Williams needed three sets to put away Nadia Petrova. Also advancing were Venus Williams, Flavia Pennetta and Li Na. Julia Goerges beat 7th seed Marion Bartoli 6-3, 6-1. Bartoli is not having a good time of it on clay this season.
Peng Shuai had to retire from her doubles match because of a hand injury.